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Original poster
Apr 18, 2013
Guys I have a 1gb data plan every month. The new month started on Tuesday and I had 1gb which I checked through my Vodafone app.

On my way home on Wednesday I must have accidentally touched one of the app icons and the next time I looked at my phone screen ALL my apps were redownloading (doing the "waiting" with the loading bar) and I have NO idea why...

Initially I was terrified about losing all my apps, so I just let it continue. STUPID idea as I wasn't on Wifi and completely forgot about the data.

So I go back to my Vodafone app today and find 466 MBs of data left!!!!!! That's over 500 MBs gone in two days.

Can I just clarify that this is the apps te downloading? Does it really eat up that much data? I have around 60 apps. Any help would be much appreciated!


macrumors 68020
Jun 21, 2011
When downloading apps what happens is you redownload the app entirely you aren't just download what's changed. The size of the download depends on the size of the app. It could be anywhere from 5mb to 2+gb per app.

I don't know how it works for Vodafone. With my carrier, I can't download apps that are over 30mb.


macrumors 604
Sep 17, 2009
Melbourne, Australia
I depends on the size of the app - To find out how big an app is you can go to it's AppStore page and looks down the bottom, and it will tell you how many MB it is.


macrumors G5
Nov 29, 2011
Boston, MA
My fist concern wouldn't actually be data consumption, but rather why on earth all of your apps decided they needed re download. That is very strange.

As has been said about the sizes, it depends on the apps. I can certainly believe that 60 apps would use up 400mb of space. That's less than 8mb per app. These days, since many apps are made to work on iPad as well, apps can be pretty big. It used to be they were all a couple mb in size. Not so any more.

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
Washington DC
For what it's worth, I suggest getting Data Wiz

Tell it you have a 1 GB plan and what day of the month your bill is and it will keep a chart going each day to tell if you if you're on target or running high.

Then set it to give you an alert when you hit 90% of your daily limit.

It wouldn't have helped in this case, but in general it's helpful.
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