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All concerning the monitoring of data, e.g. monitoring traffic (who transfers what) as well as traffic volume. Please see the 'info' link below for a more detailed explanation.

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Android SDK 12 intercept traffic from an application

I have very basic skills in Android, not working with it on a daily basis. I have an apk that makes a request to a webserver. I want to intercept this request with Burp but in Android SDK 12, using ...
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Termux access /sdcard/data

Most of the apps are now not permitted to access /sdcard/data the only app i know which can access this folder is Files(not files by google)[com.google.android.documentsui] a few days ago i see this ...
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Trying to mimic data usage through certain apps

my current data plan has unlimited usage for only certain apps; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram. Any other form of data usage isn't unlimited taking ...
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How is it possible to hack/steal the data of a stranger's Android phone by holding it by hand for a while?

Several years ago, I saw in my university a demonstration that someone wearing a special finger ring can transfer the data of a stranger's (Android) phone to somewhere without the owner of the phone ...
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Why does my Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 start to use mobile data when connected with 5 GHz WiFi?

Recently I observed something very strange. I noticed that if my Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is connected with a 5 GHz WiFi, then once I light the screen, there is around 50kb/s data usage. But if I use 2.4 GHz ...
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Extract and log data sent through Bluetooth from external devices to an Android app

I would like to extract and log live data from an app (SMART BMS) that I installed from the Play Store. The app monitors various live parameters of an electric drive train such as power and voltage. ...
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is it possible to intercept Android 12 SSL traffic for specific apps?

I am interested in a way to sniff/decrypt outbound SSL traffic from my mobile device running Android 12. One of the apps stopped working over mobile data recently and I am trying to submit a quality ...
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What is the Unknown app showing on data usage. The app name is User: Parallel Apps and is not clickable

There is an unknown app in the app usage named User: Parallel Apps. This app is running in the background always. Complete consumption in the background. There is no way to uninstall the app and it's ...
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Is it safe to use a Temporary or Virtual Number for creating whatsapp account?

This article in link below mentions some web links and apps that can be used to generate temporary or virtual number, for creating whatsapp account I want to know, whether this whole process is safe/...
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How to export Android mobile data usage by app by month?

I tried adb shell dumpsys netstats detail full > data_usage.txt command suggested on How to export data usage stats? thread but the information is raw data, do you know a command/method that can ...
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How to determine exact package/application which cause undetected traffic consumption (only UID are known)

The situation Some time ago I am started to locate data traffic leakage by the some packages, which listed in traffic listings as a numeric UID (five digits long). In both selection - by the cellular ...
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Android IoT device using excessive data over random ports

I have a large number of rooted IoT devices from an industrial supplier that are meant to run as an advertising unit. The goal was to install a standard piece of advertising software designed for ...
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How to check if a new Android phone/tablet has got no factory reset yet?

I would like to buy a factory-new tablet (Galaxy Tab S6) so I would like to check if the device has ever turned on (since the production date) and also how to make sure no factory reset has done yet.
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What are all these Google internet hosts (domains) and why is stripped-down Android connecting to all of them?

Technology users are faced with a challenge: Allowing our tech devices to work without them invading our privacy. Obviously choosing products carefully is a critical step. Unfortunately, the two main ...
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Stop GMS Firebase Indexing from collecting all of the personal data

When I was playing with settings on my Nokia 6.1 Plus running a stock ROM Android 10 with bootloader unlocked and rooted with Magisk v21+, I noticed that Firebase App Indexing that comes under Google ...
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Android 10 - recording app network usage

On Android 9 or less, I use a shell script which continuously reads from /proc/net/xt_qtaguid/stats and greps by app UID to get app network usage. However, this method is deprecated on android 10: ...
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Disabling data for specific apps on android

My device is rooted with magisk, and I prefer cli options over apps. My device have android version 10 with stock android. All the firewall apps connect to a vpn (which i don't trust at all) to ...
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What are .xlog files and what can they be used for?

Im cleaning the storage on my S10+ and I noticed in the WeChat folder (Tencent) there are a bunch of .xlog files totalling nearly 3gb of space. I know the controversies of using WeChat but I rarely ...
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Montoring network traffic on Android phone (for research user study)

For context: We would like to analyze user mobile online (browsing) behavior in a user study. The study has been approved by our university's IRB, participants will have to give informed consent and ...
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Why do restricted apps still use data?

I am on Android 10 and just ditched netguard firewall to rely on the systems build in restriction options. But despite my below setting e.g. the Amazon app is still obviously online. screenshot of ...
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Why is the global mobile data usage higher than the sum over all the applications?

On my Samsung Galaxy Note10+, the mobile data usage shown via the settings is much higher than the sum of the amounts (given below the global one and the graph) over all the applications. Why? For ...
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Restricting data usage monitoring to certain days

My data plan includes unlimited data during the weekend (so any data usage during the weekend is not taken off the 50Go afforded by the plan), and I would like to monitor my data usage taking this ...
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How can I view the mobile data usage for each application for a given day?

How can I view the mobile data usage for each application for a given day? I use Android 9 on Samsung Galaxy S9.
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Get raw app usage data

Android seems to keep a log of the past week of app usage. It seems that there are many applications that are able to get this "App usage" permission and by querying some underlying api get all the ...
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How to determine what's causing Chrome to consume cellular data

Short: How can I know why my Android Chrome consumes so much data - which sites, maybe some rogue plugins etc. Background: Recently I've been getting notifications from my carrier and also from my ...
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Which process is responsible for capturing (mobile/WiFi) data usage?

The problem is that it is broken for me. I customized quite a bit, specifically installing a firewall that uses root and disabling broadcast receivers and services in many Huawei and Google apps that ...
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Whatsapp limiting network usage?

Someone I know has recently registered with Whatsapp and has been a heavy user of Video chats and other bandwidth heavy features. Today they've had an issue with sending and receiving messages, and ...
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Chrome on Android has just eaten all my data plan

I am using Chrome on Nexus 5X. Nothing like this ever happened until the last 2 days - my data plan was depleted suddenly, the carrier's app claimed that I have no more data, and when I checked my ...
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Can my phone be monitored by my family members without them ever accessing it?

It is actually for a friend, so less info. But she suspects that one of her family members know what she is watching on youtube and maybe also about Whatsapp messages. Do you think that is possible? ...
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Historical data usage on Android Pie

I'm trying to check my historical data usage on my OnePlus 6 (OxygenOS 9.0.6). I used to be able to go to the Data Usage settings and use a drop-down list at the top to select different time periods, ...
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Why I couldn't monitor traffic from this page?

When I opened the capture log I found nothing from the page other than this when I first tried to visit it using http only, and then I get that security warning and i click proceed to unsafe anyway i ...
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Android massive background data usage 38 GB month

I have Mediatek Smartphone with stock Android 7.0 and suddenly it increases data usage. Tracked it down to /data/data/com.android.email/cache which is occupying 1.6 GB. I have cleared cache many times ...
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Walking: counting steps when walking back and forth in a circle

I am aware of the fact that Android devices can count the number of steps taken by a person as they walk. However, I am uncertain as to how they do this. Do they rely solely on GPS? If so, if someone ...
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Sniffing SSL/TLS connections with BURP

I want to sniff SSL/TLS encrypted traffic of my installed apps using BURP. After installing the burp certificate on my One Plus 5T and moving certificates through the Magisk tweak "Move Certificates" ...
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What happens under the hood when a network request is made by an application

I'm interested in knowing what happens at the kernel level when an application makes a network request. While playing with strace I was hoping to find system calls like connect() to make a connection ...
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How to block network traffic going to a specific remote port?

Is there a way I could block a specific network port connection for a specific app in Android? My phone is rooted. I know iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --dport xx -j DROP but this blocks those ports for ...
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How to list all files that an Android app is currently reading or writing?

I want to list all the files that an Android app is currently reading or writing, something like what Windows' Disk Activity in Resource Monitor does: How can I do that?
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What could cause a page opened on Firefox to have an enormous data usage?

I have opened the rather innocuous page on reputable website Quanta Magazine using Firefox Android 65.0.1 (with NoScript installed) and left it open. The data usage rapidly burned through 1 GB of ...
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Restricting an app to only send internet traffic but not receive that back?

Is there a way or app to restrict some apps on my Android, or the whole device, to only send internet data packets but not receive them back? I want to confuse a game app by doing this. It restricts ...
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How to view network traffic requested by a specific app?

There are lots of discussion on how to see which app is requesting network connection. I have tried the following apps: tcapturepacket wifi monitor connection tracker However, none of them was ...
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How do I find out what is causing the app "Google" to use so much background data

Even though I have background data turned off, it is using incredibly high amounts of data to the point of being ridiculous. This is starting to cost me money as data is not unlimited in Canada. It's ...
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Data Warning Slider Missing

I used to have 2 sliders, a warning slider & a limit slider, now just a limit slider is present.
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Data Monitoring for OTA update

After enabling Data Monitoring, if I do OTA update download and install, will data used during OTA download be monitored?
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Unable to change mobile data cycle date on huawei p9 lite with android 7.0

My old phone had an option to change the mobile data cycle date. As you can see in the image below the option is gone. Does anyone know where I can find it in this "new and improved" version of ...
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Monitor permission usage

Does anybody know a way to monitor the permissions on my phone? I am not interested in "Which app got which permissions", there are many apps available for that, e.g. aSpotCat - Permission Checker ...
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Why is Android System using Data

Hi guys I have an android running custom rom on 8.1 . I found this problem when I was downloading files from ANDROID DOWNLOAD MANAGER the speed shown by ADM was very less in comparison to that shown ...
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How to export data usage stats?

I am able to see the stats generated by Android at Settings>Data Usage for cellular data and wifi both. Is there any way to export these stats? I don't think android has any option for the ...
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Why is Maps using outrageous amounts of background data?

I just got three auto-top up notifications amounting to total of about $50 from my network carrier. Upon checking data usage, I see that this month shot up to 5gb+ and the details show it was almost ...
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Is there a way to track mobile data usage without a "billing cycle"?

The stock data manager is so complicated, with its monthly billing cycle. I have a prepaid data plan which doesn't expire. I want to set a data limit, and after that limit is hit, no matter in how ...
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Data Usage by Apps That Aren't Running

I have a OnePlus 3 and am using a product called GlassWire to monitor my data activity. Recently it is showing that certain of my apps are using the network even though they are not running. By this ...
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