High Cellular data usage under ios 6

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hutchball, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Hutchball macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Hi. It seems now that since upgrading to ios 6 on my iphone 4, my data usage is erratic!

    Yesterday 256mb were used for no particular reason. I have wi fi at home but to honest, on this day I was out a lot.

    Is there anyway to find out what and when it's getting used?

    I deleted the apple podcasts app a few days ago but that didn't seem to help.

    My data usage varies between a couple of mb to this mega one!

    Any ideas would be appreciated. Cheers.
  2. Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    I will keep an eye on my values to see if my phone (4S) is doing the same thing.

    Can you please tell me (these issues may be interlinked?) have you noticed that your usage values are also higher than what they should be?

    I have noticed when checking the battery usage (at the bottom of settings/general/usage) that my 4S is indicating that I have used my phone, when in fact I have not?

    Example ... late last night it was showing as 46 minutes of usage, then this morning it was showing as just over 3 hours, even though I had to used it at all?

    The standby value appears to be as expected.

    Could it simply be that iCloud is regularly checking for updated information etc, and this is why the phone is showing as being "used"? If this is the case, it could also tie in with your data usage query.

    I'll keep an eye on my data usage from now on and if you could do the same with your usage time maybe we could find the issue between ourselves?

    Good luck!
  3. ccwestcliff macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    I had a similar issue a couple of weeks ago. I still don't know what it was but I suspect a dodgy app that downloaded a lot of data (most likely a travel app) and drained my iPhone 5 battery 25% in 2 hours!

    You can try to set it up as new and for a trial period close apps manually to see if that makes a difference.

    I deleted all apps that I had (for a specific place) after the trip and never had it happening again.
  4. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Last month was the first month in two years I have got a warning saying I'm close to my data limit and this month looks on track to do the same.

    I would be ok if not for that 250 mb one. I mean, how long would you have to use the phone to use all that!

    Now I remember using apple maps for a half hour journey and also trying to send two picture iMessages that kept failing. Maybe the iMessage kept trying?
  5. BrandonJay21 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    AT&T shows me using almost a full gig in 2 days. I average 1.5 gig in a month, and haven't changed my habits. I haven't streamed anything, so i don't see how its possible. I'm not too happy about it since it's the beginning of my billing, so now I have half my data plan used up with 26 days to go. :(
  6. jdugan4859 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    Glad it's not just me, my cycle starts on the 15th and I have already used 3.2 gig. The only thing out of the norm that I have done is stream the keynote, but I doubt it used that much. I very rarely go over 3 gig in an entire month.
  7. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    3 gig is a pretty awesome amount to get per month. Here in the UK the carriers seem to have settled on 1 Gig on the contracts.

    I hope this is fixed with an update. I mean, it hasn't cost me any money, but I'm sure some people must have been charged for going over.

    It's a shame you can't delve deep into th OS to pinpoint whats using it.
  8. Archer1440 Suspended


    Mar 10, 2012
    I'm over 5 gig for one reason only- iTunes Match. Good thing I have unlimited LTE.
  9. ronnyuk macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    South West England
    Virgin Media have given me this plan :) 28 quid a month

    •Unlimited calls to Virgin Mobile numbers & landlines•2500 minutes to other networks•500 minutes to 0800, 0845, 0870 & 0808 numbers•Unlimited texts•Unlimited data•Phone insurance included with 24-hour replacement
  10. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Great deal but what about coverage? I've never been on virgin mobile.

    Also, sim only I'm guessing - not iPhone?

    Can you tether with virgin? Most don't allow it.
  11. LaynieGorilla macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2011
    Anyone know why this could be happening? I am slightly over four gigs with a week and a half to go on the phone with a 3gb plan. I trying to see if theres a away slow it down so that I don't go over 5gbs .. as I need my internet connection and I'm not near wifi.
  12. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    I've used 9GB and im at the end of my billing cycle.

    I'd die if I only had meet MB's as my limit. I dunno how you guys restrict yourselves like that.
  13. Coastercraze macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2012
    Cedar Point
    My dad's iPhone 4 has a similar symptom. It claims to have used 8 GB of data on Sprint's network, yet we have WiFi at home and he doesn't use his phone for anything.

    My iPhone 5 doesn't however.
  14. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I keep all my apps closed on my app tray now.

    Does anybody know how to pin point a specific app? Even if its jail broken? Is there a way to see what's using what?

    My usuage has been low for days now, but now I'm paranoid of going over!!!

    I bet the next ios update will fix it and nothing will be said of it.
  15. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Ask and you shal receive...!

  16. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    It's called getting slapped $10 per gb. That's a negative punishment that stings a bit.


    Beat me to it! How on earth does onavo function. It's send them 3.99 for a thank you.
  17. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Close the Apps in your App tray. All mail pushes on manual, use WiFi at home. Stop doing Speedtest.net tests..and lastly do a hard reset before you charge your iphone

    These are just some of the basics that will eliminate phantom data usage.
  18. davehutch, Nov 1, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

    davehutch macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2009
    Croxley, Herts
    Has anyone with this problem used the app "Onavo Count" (free)to see where the data is being used?
    Could be useful. My boss has used a lot in the last couple of days so I've installed it to keep track.

    (Sorry, I really should have read two posts above!!)
  19. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    I have a 2 gig allowance on o2 UK. For the past 2 months I've had my 3G throttled because I've gone through so much.

    I will say I've been relying on my iPhone a lot recently as I only had internet installed in my apartment this week but there is a lot of data being chewed in the background. Either this is an app or something iOS is doing.
  20. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Regarding the Onavo app (I know I recommended it) it routes your data through their server. I'm not sure I'm too happy with that. I've uninstalled the app and the profile it made me install.

    Don't panic tho.... I'm not sure if its dodgy or not
  21. Macdude2010 macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
    The Apple Store
    My October billing cycle says I have used 7GB this month WITH one more week to go. I normally use around 1.5GB per month, something weird is going on here
  22. kip435 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    VZ says i've used 2.5gb in 8 days. no way. i checked my usage reports and its showing data charges when my phone is under wifi. huge 400+mb data flows. something is very very wrong.
  23. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
  24. LaynieGorilla macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2011
    Same thing is happening to me on my ip5. I called AT&T and the guy told me be would credit my overages but to check on it and take it to the apple store and see what the problem is. He's going to call back later this month to see if I found a solution. So far I restored from new but it's still using data pretty rapidly.
  25. Hutchball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011

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