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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:

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

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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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