05-11-2015 09:44 AM
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  1. OtisIsMyCat's Avatar
    Hi, new member, first time poster...

    I've just ended a three-generation-long relationship with iPhone and shacked up with the Galaxy S6; my first Samsung since the T259 like, 100 years ago. My question is in regards to conserving data usage. I have a simple monthly plan which allows for 1GB of data. With the iPhones, this was easy to stay within because I could actually individually turn off data for specific apps and leave only the ones I use daily (browser, email, text, banking) enabled. In my limited knowledge of the S6 (although it grows, daily) it seems that turning data on and off is an all-or-nothing feature. Is this correct?

    For instance, since receiving this Galaxy S6, I seem to have used 800MB of data in seven days. At this rate, I'm going to be going over on my data every month (me: $$ = and ). So far, I've enabled Restrict Background Data and configured Set Mobile Data Limit - but I know the latter is only simply a warning and something I can override. I've tried talking to a Samsung rep at the store however I seem to have known more about this phone than he did! All he really shared with me was how jealous he was that I had the S6. Then, I've chatted with online support but it seems as though the moment the agent read the word 'data' he gave me some copy/paste instruction to contact my service provider. So, that's that.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips? I'm sure there's something I'm missing.

    Thank you! And, bear with me,

    Andrea
    05-08-2015 12:44 PM
  2. deeb215's Avatar
    Try this app to see what's using most of your data
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ia.android.mdm
    05-08-2015 12:57 PM
  3. Mike McQuaid's Avatar
    Have you tried going into Settings--Acounts and disabling anything you don't want to auto sync?

    I did this for the Samsung account, not because of data, bit because of battery. Bit I am pretty sure it would help lower some data usage, not sure how much.

    Also, the account for google wants to sync all kinds of stuff, Doc, Drive, Google Fit...etc...I turned off auto sync for the stuff I dont want to sync, technically, you can turn it off for everything, just don't forget to manually sync occassionlally...

    Not sure if this will help you much, but best of luck regardless

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    OtisIsMyCat likes this.
    05-08-2015 12:57 PM
  4. Ry's Avatar
    Hi, new member, first time poster...

    I've just ended a three-generation-long relationship with iPhone and shacked up with the Galaxy S6; my first Samsung since the T259 like, 100 years ago. My question is in regards to conserving data usage. I have a simple monthly plan which allows for 1GB of data. With the iPhones, this was easy to stay within because I could actually individually turn off data for specific apps and leave only the ones I use daily (browser, email, text, banking) enabled. In my limited knowledge of the S6 (although it grows, daily) it seems that turning data on and off is an all-or-nothing feature. Is this correct?

    For instance, since receiving this Galaxy S6, I seem to have used 800MB of data in seven days. At this rate, I'm going to be going over on my data every month (me: $$ = and ). So far, I've enabled Restrict Background Data and configured Set Mobile Data Limit - but I know the latter is only simply a warning and something I can override. I've tried talking to a Samsung rep at the store however I seem to have known more about this phone than he did! All he really shared with me was how jealous he was that I had the S6. Then, I've chatted with online support but it seems as though the moment the agent read the word 'data' he gave me some copy/paste instruction to contact my service provider. So, that's that.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips? I'm sure there's something I'm missing.

    Thank you! And, bear with me,

    Andrea
    What did you have off on your iPhone?

    What apps do you frequently use?
    05-08-2015 12:58 PM
  5. BioFanatic's Avatar
    It's been a while since I've used iOS, but one thing that was different was the way apps update.
    On Android, your apps typically do an auto-update through the Google Play Store. My iOS experience was that I had to manually update that.

    This may or may not be affecting you... but it's worth looking. Open the Play Store and go into settings. Make sure that you have it set to either NOT auto-update, or better yet, set it to only auto-update when you're on wifi.
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    05-08-2015 01:33 PM
  6. cc999's Avatar
    Do this:
    Settings:
    connections-data usage-restrict backround data - Turn this ON for every app listed

    CC
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    05-08-2015 01:35 PM
  7. Philip Manwaring's Avatar
    Here's how to track down what's going on:

    1. Go to settings
    2. Go to the "Connections" tab and then tap "Data Usage"
    3. The phone will show the data usage graph.
    4. Scroll that graph page up and you'll see beneath it a list of usage by app. This will show you which apps are using all the data.

    I've found no particular need on my Android phones to limit background data usage at the operating system level. Usually if there's an app using a lot of data you can spot it from this list and reconfigure it to only do whatever it's doing while on WiFi.

    Hope this helps and enjoy your shiny new S6!

    Best,
    Philip.
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    05-08-2015 02:57 PM
  8. OtisIsMyCat's Avatar
    Thanks, everyone! I'll try all your suggestions after work today and send an update.
    05-08-2015 05:19 PM
  9. 20blks's Avatar
    Also, you have an HD screen now. Everything comes in a higher resolution now. Especially YouTube
    OtisIsMyCat likes this.
    05-08-2015 05:27 PM
  10. OtisIsMyCat's Avatar
    Thanks, Mike! I just went into accounts and turned off synching where I could. I'll see if this makes a difference when my plan refreshes on the 11th.
    05-09-2015 01:13 AM
  11. OtisIsMyCat's Avatar
    What did you have off on your iPhone?

    What apps do you frequently use?
    I essentially had everything disabled except banking, browsing, maps, and WhatsApp. Whenever I needed an app (to check Facebook, for example), I'd just enable the data, then turn it off again. It really helped save on data use because FB alone can be huge.
    05-09-2015 01:19 AM
  12. OtisIsMyCat's Avatar
    It's been a while since I've used iOS, but one thing that was different was the way apps update.
    On Android, your apps typically do an auto-update through the Google Play Store. My iOS experience was that I had to manually update that.

    This may or may not be affecting you... but it's worth looking. Open the Play Store and go into settings. Make sure that you have it set to either NOT auto-update, or better yet, set it to only auto-update when you're on wifi.
    Done. WiFi only now. TY!
    BioFanatic likes this.
    05-09-2015 01:21 AM
  13. Enahmir's Avatar
    I use data manager and can see what uses most data.
    05-09-2015 07:04 AM
  14. Enahmir's Avatar
    Looks like knox is using most of all apps...
    05-09-2015 07:05 AM
  15. deeb215's Avatar
    Looks like knox is using most of all apps...
    Can you post a screenshot?
    05-09-2015 07:33 AM
  16. Enahmir's Avatar
    05-09-2015 09:29 AM
  17. deeb215's Avatar
    That seems a little weird. Why don't you try going to Settings > Application Manager > All and clearing the data on Knox and restart the phone?
    05-09-2015 09:45 AM
  18. Enahmir's Avatar
    Cleared it and wiped data but it didn't bothered me...Just info for the topicstarter.

    Hour overview is fb on top.
    Day overview still is Knox.
    This week Knox is on 11th place with 3% of the total data usage.

    deeb215 likes this.
    05-09-2015 09:54 AM
  19. Philip Manwaring's Avatar
    Are you using Facebook a lot? The app has a setting to disab look e video auto play which may help. If you're not using it much you can disable FB sync and notifications. My FB barely uses any data. Also, you can disable Knox if you're not using it.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-09-2015 10:33 AM
  20. deeb215's Avatar
    Are you using Facebook a lot? The app has a setting to disab look e video auto play which may help. If you're not using it much you can disable FB sync and notifications. My FB barely uses any data. Also, you can disable Knox if you're not using it.

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    Disabling Facebook and using it from a browser is always a good idea. However, Knox can't be disabled on my S6 I found but I've never had it eat up data like Enahmir.
    05-09-2015 10:46 AM
  21. Almeuit's Avatar
    Hi, new member, first time poster...

    I've just ended a three-generation-long relationship with iPhone and shacked up with the Galaxy S6; my first Samsung since the T259 like, 100 years ago. My question is in regards to conserving data usage. I have a simple monthly plan which allows for 1GB of data. With the iPhones, this was easy to stay within because I could actually individually turn off data for specific apps and leave only the ones I use daily (browser, email, text, banking) enabled. In my limited knowledge of the S6 (although it grows, daily) it seems that turning data on and off is an all-or-nothing feature. Is this correct?


    Andrea
    First.. Welcome to Android Central! I am glad you decided to join .

    Second - No - you can control background data on a per app basis .



    Go to settings, data usage, and select the app you want to restrict background data for. Once you tap on it you can select to restrict background data for that app (see below).

    This way it won't do anything in the background and will only pull data when the app is in the foreground... Or if you're on wifi.
    Attached Thumbnails This S6 phone is ravenous for data, how can I control it?-1431186787321.jpg  
    Golfdriver97 likes this.
    05-09-2015 10:53 AM
  22. dougie1792's Avatar
    You can disable data to work not work in the back round

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-09-2015 10:01 PM
  23. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Hi, new member, first time poster...

    I've just ended a three-generation-long relationship with iPhone and shacked up with the Galaxy S6; my first Samsung since the T259 like, 100 years ago. My question is in regards to conserving data usage. I have a simple monthly plan which allows for 1GB of data. With the iPhones, this was easy to stay within because I could actually individually turn off data for specific apps and leave only the ones I use daily (browser, email, text, banking) enabled. In my limited knowledge of the S6 (although it grows, daily) it seems that turning data on and off is an all-or-nothing feature. Is this correct?

    For instance, since receiving this Galaxy S6, I seem to have used 800MB of data in seven days. At this rate, I'm going to be going over on my data every month (me: $$ = and ). So far, I've enabled Restrict Background Data and configured Set Mobile Data Limit - but I know the latter is only simply a warning and something I can override. I've tried talking to a Samsung rep at the store however I seem to have known more about this phone than he did! All he really shared with me was how jealous he was that I had the S6. Then, I've chatted with online support but it seems as though the moment the agent read the word 'data' he gave me some copy/paste instruction to contact my service provider. So, that's that.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips? I'm sure there's something I'm missing.

    Thank you! And, bear with me,

    Andrea
    Welcome to Android Central and Android!

    I do not have the S6 myself, but have the other suggestions seemed to help? Or at the moment is it too early to tell?

    I would guess the bigger suggestion would be the auto update over WiFi only suggestion.
    05-09-2015 11:38 PM
  24. dancing-bass's Avatar
    since receiving this Galaxy S6, I seem to have used 800MB of data in seven days.
    One thing that's been overlooked is that a large chunk of this was probably app (and maybe OS-level) updates. If you're new to Android this can catch you off guard, and it can chew through a whole pile of data in minutes and ask for more besides - which is why I connect a new device to wifi as soon as I'm able - as in I make sure I can connect to wifi as soon as I put the password in. That way any apps I install or update will all pull the data through wifi and not my precious GBs.
    deeb215 likes this.
    05-10-2015 07:13 AM
  25. Gator352's Avatar
    One thing that's been overlooked is that a large chunk of this was probably app (and maybe OS-level) updates. If you're new to Android this can catch you off guard, and it can chew through a whole pile of data in minutes and ask for more besides - which is why I connect a new device to wifi as soon as I'm able - as in I make sure I can connect to wifi as soon as I put the password in. That way any apps I install or update will all pull the data through wifi and not my precious GBs.
    That's what i would do but i have unlimited data. Never have to worry about micro management.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-10-2015 12:31 PM
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