My 1GB data pack (3G) was running out a bit faster than normal, so I started investigating using the Data Usage tool (Android 4.1.2 Nexus S). That's when I found out the Google+ app had used 300 MB in 3 days, and all of it was background data. Here's the graph:

Graph (click to enlarge)

I don't remember using the app much at all, yet it almost burned through my data pack. I've set the Instant Upload settings to only upload when connected to Wi-fi, and roaming uploads are disabled too. I disabled background as soon as I figured it out, but I still don't know how and why it used up so much data. Any pointers?

  • Do you have instant uploads on? Also, most data looks to be used in a short period. After that the graph is almost flat. Just see what did you do with G+ in that period. I personally have never had any issue like this. – Suraj Bajaj Nov 19 '12 at 11:05
  • Instant Upload was set to upload only when connected to Wi-fi, so that's not the problem. I can't remember doing anything with the app in that time, it's background data so it's not that I was interacting with it directly. And the graph is flat after that because I turned off background data when I figured this out. Thanks anyway. – vinaykola Nov 19 '12 at 11:18
  • You are not alone. Please, read: productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/google-plus-discuss/… – user31047 Mar 27 '13 at 3:25

Google Photos auto-backup may sync automatically the local photos to account.turn of this feature if you don't need it.


Just check "limit background data" and the app will not use your data volume if it is in the background.

  • The questioner already disabled background data. The question is what functionality of the app is making it use so much data to start with. – Dan Hulme Nov 22 '16 at 9:37

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