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  1. hellorabbit's Avatar
    So out of the blue I decided to go ahead and check on my data usage to see how close I was to my limit (4 gigs) and lo and behold, the highest app by far was GALLERY? I'm not synced with G+ or piccassa or any other image sharing app to my knowledge. I went ahead and restricted background data but I have no idea if this will do anything. Anyone have any insight/ have the same problem? Thanks!
    02-19-2012 12:30 PM
  2. zxphenomenalxz's Avatar
    Ur sure you dont have instant upload turned on? That's only thing I can think off..
    02-19-2012 12:42 PM
  3. hellorabbit's Avatar
    are you referring to accounts and sync? because i have had that off since day 1 :|
    02-19-2012 01:14 PM
  4. Danv1369's Avatar
    are you referring to accounts and sync? because i have had that off since day 1 :|
    in google+ go to settings and see if the Turn on Instant Upload is checked. This could be the issue. Do you have any wallpaper apps installed?

    Also go to the Gallery App settings and see if Google Photos Sync is on. Turn it off or check the Sync on Wifi only check box.
    02-19-2012 04:08 PM
  5. Small_law's Avatar
    Definitely set the gallery to sync on wifi only.
    02-19-2012 04:13 PM
  6. greydarrah's Avatar
    Switching to background only should fix it.
    02-19-2012 06:32 PM
  7. booboolala2000's Avatar
    So out of the blue I decided to go ahead and check on my data usage to see how close I was to my limit (4 gigs) and lo and behold, the highest app by far was GALLERY? I'm not synced with G+ or piccassa or any other image sharing app to my knowledge. I went ahead and restricted background data but I have no idea if this will do anything. Anyone have any insight/ have the same problem? Thanks!
    I still think this is why Google went with a 5mp camera, so it would use less data syncing. Back to the point, there are a lot of settings to go through so let us know what happens.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
    02-19-2012 09:38 PM
  8. hellorabbit's Avatar
    in google+ go to settings and see if the Turn on Instant Upload is checked. This could be the issue. Do you have any wallpaper apps installed?

    Also go to the Gallery App settings and see if Google Photos Sync is on. Turn it off or check the Sync on Wifi only check box.
    I followed this advice and the gallery app hasn't used any more data since. Thanks for the help and I will update in a couple of days for more accurate results.
    02-20-2012 01:40 PM
  9. MetalPhoenix79's Avatar
    I followed this advice and the gallery app hasn't used any more data since. Thanks for the help and I will update in a couple of days for more accurate results.
    I have the same problem. I'm at 2GB and my gallery is roughly half that. Google+ sync, Google+ instand upload, and photo sync are off. I'm on unlimited data but I worry if I should ever lose unlimited data I'm screwed. By the end of the month I'm at 4-8GB just from the gallery. Generally the gallery uses over half of my total data for the month. I do tether but not very much at all.
    02-22-2012 02:58 PM
  10. youngzayiles's Avatar
    Yeah this annoys me too.. Im not even sure why it does that.. I dont even have google plus on my phone.. SMH Yet it uses 100MB by itself..
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    02-22-2012 05:57 PM
  11. gujupmp88's Avatar
    just looked through my data usage, gallery doesn't even show up. it shows everything, even things that use 10 bytes.
    02-22-2012 07:51 PM
  12. Toady00's Avatar
    I have unlimited data, and have instant uploads turned on. I also use the G+ app itself. But the gallery app isn't even listed. So far G+ has only used 17MB

    Edit: Just looked at my transformer prime and it's gallery app is using data, although not much. 10MB
    02-22-2012 07:56 PM
  13. G2 owner's Avatar
    So out of the blue I decided to go ahead and check on my data usage to see how close I was to my limit (4 gigs) and lo and behold, the highest app by far was GALLERY? I'm not synced with G+ or piccassa or any other image sharing app to my knowledge. I went ahead and restricted background data but I have no idea if this will do anything. Anyone have any insight/ have the same problem? Thanks!
    If you have syncing turned on it usually will look for any web services to upload / download your pictures from. Try turning of syncing and see if it stops using up that much data.
    02-22-2012 09:25 PM
  14. imarek3's Avatar
    I have Onavo installed to watch my data and sometimes when I update an app, I get a notification that Gallery is hogging data. So, in my case the data usage for the Android Market app is being reported as being used by the Gallery. I think it could be a case of mistaken identity.
    02-22-2012 10:58 PM
  15. Danv1369's Avatar
    I followed this advice and the gallery app hasn't used any more data since. Thanks for the help and I will update in a couple of days for more accurate results.
    Glad that seemed to help. Let us know how it goes.
    02-22-2012 11:38 PM
  16. byrds8's Avatar
    I have G+ disabled and the gallery app set to sync over WiFi only and instant upload is off but yet since 11 Feb mine has used almost 600M
    02-23-2012 05:37 AM
  17. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    I have Onavo installed to watch my data and sometimes when I update an app, I get a notification that Gallery is hogging data. So, in my case the data usage for the Android Market app is being reported as being used by the Gallery. I think it could be a case of mistaken identity.
    That could make sense, especially if you've installed a new ROM, done a factory reset or activated a new phone, since the market will sync with your account and download ALL your apps at once -- that can definitely amount to a lot of data.
    02-23-2012 07:49 AM
  18. byrds8's Avatar
    My Gallery still hogs data like no tomorrow. All sync and or instant uploads are turned off. Since 11 May its used 2.5G. Its nuts that I can not figure out why this is happening. Anyone have any other ideas?
    06-08-2012 08:01 AM
  19. biggbrother2's Avatar
    I have Google+ instant upload activated and Galley is set to sync over Wifi. I rarely see Gallery high on my data usage list.

    However, what I do see is something called "Android Media Server", and that averages around 200MB a month.

    What's even weirder is that the list names change. I just went in and checked and "Android Media Server" isn't even listed anymore, but YouTube is listed at 210MB.

    Even worse, although the total data used is pretty close to Verizon's widget, if I add up the individual amounts for each app, they never add up to the total. For example, Rhapsody is always under reported. It's saying I used only 63.58MB, but I know for a fact that the total number went up by several hundred during a recent long road trip. So there is an issue with the accuracy of the usage by individual apps.
    06-08-2012 09:39 AM
  20. byrds8's Avatar
    Mine was over wifi too. I guess what gets me is what data is the gallery actually using that its consuming so much? My pics arent getting uploaded to anything that I have it set to anyway. So what sneaky thing is going on.
    06-08-2012 09:58 AM
  21. bmesc's Avatar
    Same issue with my Samsung SIII. I strongly suspect the default Samsung Gallery app, which has no option to upload over wi-fi only. However, I suspect it is due to picasaweb syncs (I already set everything I could to upload during wi-fi only) since I have a huge number of albums. I was able (I hope) to use the "Google" settings I to stop picasaweb syncing. We'll see if that works.

    On a related note, the data manager app I was using appeared to split the Gallery usage. The T-Mobile data manager clearly indicates Gallery is at fault for massive data usage. But the 3rd party app I was using appeared to split it between Gallery and "OS Services." Add those 2 up and it equals the massive usage that has been blowing my data plan.
    07-25-2012 01:51 PM
  22. ssage's Avatar
    I noticed this on the T-Mobile Samsung S3 I bought a week ago. I only ever use about ~1GB of data each month, so I decided to check how much data I've used during the first week I've had this phone and lo-and-behold it said about 500MB! Well that's not good because I lowered my plan from 5GB to 2GB of data. So anyway, what I realized is that on the day the phone got activated it used like 400MB to upload all these photos from my SD card to my Google+/Picasa thing (which I don't even use and want to delete anyway!). Since that first day I've turned OFF the Google+ photo sync and all that stuff, so no more uploading pictures to Google+. That was the main culprit.
    07-28-2012 04:10 PM
  23. hellorabbit's Avatar
    If anyone else is experiencing this problem, I was able to stop this by turning off automatic syncing/uploading pictures or video with my Google account. I have never even logging into my Google+ account in my life, so I assume its a default setting to automatically sync.

    PM me if you need additional help.
    07-30-2012 08:00 AM
  24. bmesc's Avatar
    Yes, it is because of picasa (and probably Google+) and turning them off seems to work. HOWEVER, I cannot explain how, after all the thumbnails were already in Gallery, my SIII appeared to have once again downloaded all of them. I witnessed 773 MBs over 2 days, both times while I was on 4G, i.e., on plan, and between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. 773 MBs!!! How on earth did 773 MBs get downloaded? I checked all the files on my phone and there are a total of 440 images in Gallery, all thumbnails, nothing greater in size than 150k. In order to download 773 MBs, wouldn't it seem that Gallery first downloaded the full image, then created a thumbnail, then deleted the original size image? It makes no sense, especially since all the thumbnails were already in place.

    The only theory I might suggest is that Gallery checks picassa then Google+, or vice versa, and, perhaps, there is a slight variation in file identification causing it to think the thumbnail has been modified. If there is a setting that starts Gallery checking on a regualr basis (I see no Gallery setting that specifies folder crawls---and why are there virtually no Gallery settings in the first place?), then it will always see something different than what was last uploaded. I don't know.
    07-30-2012 11:30 AM
  25. Murphy5111's Avatar
    I'm having the same issue with my gs3 even after turning off all the goofle+ sync stuff. I read somewhere that it could be the phone auto backup to google. On ics if you go under backup and reset in the settings there is an option to backup data to google. It's probably a good thing to have but if that's the culprit I'm okay with turning it off. It would be nice if there was a setting for wifi only but there isn't. I know this is an old thread but if anyone can try and confirm let me know. Thanks.
    09-03-2012 05:55 AM
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