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I've recently started to use NordVPN on smartphone as I need to spend a lot of time in public networks.

However, it is only 5th August and I have already got a data warning that I have used 2GB of mobile data.

Which makes me think that NordVPN does not change the "carrier" network automatically, when I switch from LTE (4G) to some WiFi (office or home).

I've contacted NordVPN support team, they told me that all traffic is accounted for an actual app (e. g., Firefox) and NordVPN. The problem is that the mobile plan provider somehow adds these two traffics. I use an Android phone.

How to solve this problem? Thank you!

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You could, potentially, manage your traffic by following a couple of rules:

  1. When you are on the move, i.e. using mobile data a. Turn OFF Wi-Fi b. Turn OFF VPN c. Enable Mobile Data
  2. When you are expecting to use an unsecured WiFi (e.g. Internet Café, Airport) a. DISABLE Mobile Data b. Turn ON VPN c. Turn ON Wi-Fi

The order that these are done in is important. This does, of course, assume that you do trust your carriers internet access to be reasonably private.

You could potentially automate with something like If This Then That or you may be able to find an app that lets you have a button to toggle these settings.

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  • Yes, thank you. A little bit involving procedure, but it seems the only option. Aug 10 at 17:45

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