Data transferred in the background, i.e. without explicitly being triggered. This usually includes things like synchronizing your calendar and contact data.

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Is it possible to selectively limit background data usage?

I have a sufficient data-plan so I've never worried about this... tomorrow though, I'm travelling abroad. Due to this, I will have restricted 3g usage. Are there any apps or Android settings to ...
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Why is “Android OS” uploading so much data?

After switching from my Nexus S to a Nexus 4 I noticed that my phone was transferring huge amounts of background data. Like 70 MB in 15 minutes. As my data plan only allows 300 MB per month I was ...
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“Android OS” is continuously downloading something in the background, how can I stop that?

My HTC One V (on 4.0 ICS) seems to be continuously downloading something even when it's inactive, and it's using the battery abnormally fast. My data usage graph: (click to enlarge) On the first ...
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Android OS uses a lot of data in background, how to turn auto system update check off?

I have a nexus 5 with Android 4.4. If i look at data usage, it shows that Android OS is using a couple of megabytes per day. I tried disabling sync and backup but it didn't help. What could be causing ...
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wifi is getting turned off and mobile data is getting turned on automatically

I am facing a weird scenario in my android phone since 2-3 days. My wi-fi is automatically getting turned off and my mobile data pack is getting turned on. It has been cost effective 2-3 days. I ...
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How do I block packet data for background programs?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Gio running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. How can I block packet data for background programs only? When I disable Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Mobile networks ...
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Do applications run in user profiles that are not active / run in background profiles?

I configured 3 user profiles with each their own google account on my device (Nexus 5 with Android 5.1). When I switch the user profiles, do the applications keep running in the user profiles that ...
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Restrict background data for Facebook, but notifications still coming in

I would only like particular applications to show notifications when I'm not on Wifi and those would be: Google Services - unfortunately there are several syncs here but AFAIK we can't control ...