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How to Stop Your Smartphone from Secretly Wasting Data in the Background

SternisheFan (2529412) writes | about 2 years ago

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SternisheFan (2529412) writes "By Andy Dachis, Lifehacker: Unlimited data plans are an endangered species nowadays, so most of us have to watch our limits in order to avoid excess charges on our bill. That's easy enough when we know how much cellular data we're using on our smartphones, but becomes problematic when our smartphones eat up ou it r precious megabytes in the background. This doesn't just happen on Android, but iPhone, too..
    Recently, a friend asked me for help when he reached 90% of his data usage despite barely using any data. I thought this was surprising because he has an iPhone and iPhones aren't allowed to do a whole lot in the background. Despite these limitations, apps can still do a fair amount of downloading when they're not open and regardless of how they're connected to the internet. In short, you could end up going over your data limits easily without even knowing it, regardless of whether you're on Android or iPhone. In this post we're going to look at how to figure out which apps are eating your data unnecessarily and how to stop them."

    This article gives several tips on how to conserve mobile data usage. What do Slashdot readers do to keep data usage within monthly limits?"

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On AT&T I use a USSD code to check my usage (1)

Artifex (18308) | about 2 years ago | (#41904793)

I open the phone app and type *3282#. They send me back a free SMS telling me what my estimated used data for the month has been, as well as any SMS overages, and when the next cycle begins.
(The number 3282 translates into DATA, if you want help remembering. Or you can just save it as a phone number in your address book.)

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