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Old Sep 30th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #1
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iOS 6 huge data usage...

I have noticed that on my iPhone 4 using iOS6, I've used 2.3 gb in less than two weeks. I haven't used 2 gb in a month!

Apparently there is an known issue with some apps using data even when they're set to not use any data. Also, Safari bookmark syncing via iCloud is a known culprit.

Can anyone check their usage and tell me if they are using much more data than usual, that can't be explained by faster LTE speeds?
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Old Sep 30th, 2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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I have never used more than 1 GB on normal use which includes the iOS 6 betas on my 4S. Only hit my 2GB max once cause I was away from home and had personal hotspot on when my iPad tried to back up to iCloud via the wifi from my iPhone.

So with iOS 6 I have not noticed a significant higher use in data.


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Old Sep 30th, 2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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Can anyone check their usage and tell me if they are using much more data than usual, that can't be explained by faster LTE speeds?
not sure if this is phrased right .. but LTE speed is only on iPhone 5 not on the 4/4S models.
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iPhone 5 & the new iPad are the only devices right now capable of LTE data speeds. The iPhone 4/4s and below are not capable of LTE speeds.

As for the huge data usage, it could be possible for iCloud to be backing up data to the cloud. If you don't use iCloud, then it's possible that you have been loading way too many videos (YouTube for example), because there doesn't seem to be any logical way to hit that high without watching a lot of videos, and using data in general instead of WiFi.
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Old Sep 30th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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I have noticed that on my iPhone 4 using iOS6, I've used 2.3 gb in less than two weeks. I haven't used 2 gb in a month!

Apparently there is an known issue with some apps using data even when they're set to not use any data. Also, Safari bookmark syncing via iCloud is a known culprit.

Can anyone check their usage and tell me if they are using much more data than usual, that can't be explained by faster LTE speeds?
How do you check usage?
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Old Sep 30th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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How do you check usage?
You can check via iOS or via an official app provided by the carrier. I know Rogers & Fido has their own app for checking & you can also use their respective website accounting management features to check your data usage.

Although, it's worth noting that if you do not reset your data usage every month that is recorded via iOS, you will not know your true data usage for the month. This does not apply to carrier apps because they reset automatically.
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How do you check usage?
There used to be an app on the app store called Data Man Pro that monitored per app data use but they pulled the pro version.

Several threads exist on the net from people that have verified more data use in iOS 6 (spontaneous data use). It has been tracked down to Safari iCloud syncing, Podcasts app, and the Downcast app.
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I have not seen any increased usage of data on my iPhone 4 since installing iOS 6.

As for "bookmark syncing with iCloud being the culprit" --- lol, thanks for the good laugh! Yeah, a file that's measured in KB rather than MB is sucking up all my data.
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Old Oct 1st, 2012, 07:35 AM   #9
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Yep, something is amiss. Though it was only amiss the first day.

I checked and six times there was a data transfer of exactly 95.38mb all within 5-10mins of each other the first night I had the phone, around 9pm. No idea what it was, but it put me over my 1gb plan (STILL waiting for TELUS to switch me to my new plan).
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My wife using her iPhone 3G averaged 100MB/month. With my 3GS, I averaged 250MB/month, but I use mine more on 3G as I am not always in the office using wifi.

In June after we upgraded my wife's 3G to a 4S, her data usage jumped to an average of 400MB/month. She occasionally uses Siri, but my best guess for the increase is she also began to use iCloud for syncing and backups.

I upgraded my 3GS to the iPhone 5 on the 21st launch day, and have so far used 300MB of data (10 days). I was using iCloud on the 3GS, so my increase is harder to pinpoint, but my guess is the newer phones just use more data.

Our previous plan included 1GB of shared data, and before I upgraded to iPhone5, we moved to 6GB of shared data (and somehow saved $26/month on our Bell plan).

So as of today, I'm not worried about my data usage increase, unless somehow I hit the 6GB mark
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