iPad constantly uploading data (multiple GB/day)

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by bmac89, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014

    I’ve noticed that my iPad on iOS 11 beta 2 is constantly uploading data even with all apps closed, iPad locked, iCloud off apart from notes app and safari and share analytics off.

    It is ranging between 1.5gb - 3gb+ uploaded per day. I understand a beta has some bug reports and logs but surely this is excessive and possibly a bug causing the same data to keep re-uploading?

    I have also noticed that often after sending feedback report it shows as sent and then later reappears in the outbox and uploading files. However I don’t think this is the cause as the uploading continues even when feedback app has nothing in the outbox. I have also noticed that feedback reports sent in previously days show a new date every day but when I mentioned this on the forum, others had noticed the same.

  2. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    Log files (besides those sent in Feedback) are being uploaded. This is normal beta behavior. You consented when you accepted the pre-release software agreement during profile installation or in Setup Assistant.
  3. upandown macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2017
  4. bmac89 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    I understand that but surprised by the amount of gigabytes. I’ve never run a beta before that uploads 35gb in 2 weeks.
  5. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    I'm pretty sure that's highly abnormal amount of data.. something is definitely wrong somewhere.
  6. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    it's not really, is it? at best it comes with the territory but should be reported to apple as a bug (even if it's a meta-bug - a bug with the debugging/beta process) because it's not normal. regular reminder that the point of betas isn't just to expect bugs but to report them as such.
  7. mattdeezy macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Could it be the iPad uploading photos that have been converted into the new image format?
  8. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    Behavior at our house is pretty similar but double because of the number of devices. And log files can get big and add up. :)
    --- Post Merged, Jul 20, 2017 ---
    It’s not normal for a production build but for a beta build, it is absolutely normal. It is even stated, like I said, in the license agreement that data will be sent to Apple for debugging purposes and is opt-in by default.
  9. GreyOS, Jul 20, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017

    GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Wasn't saying it isn't normal to upload logs just that tens of gigs per week seems abnormal
  10. bmac89 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    Well analytics is switched off in settings so I'm still surprised by the amount of data being uploaded.
  11. archvile macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2007
    This reminded me of the South Park episode with the human Cent-iPad...

    Sigh...no, Apple is not magically converting your existing photos and videos to their new formats.
  12. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    Hmmm... do you have Unlimited Updates turned on under Settings > Photos > Cellular Data?
  13. Elizabeth Jane, Nov 19, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018

    Elizabeth Jane macrumors newbie

    Elizabeth Jane

    Nov 19, 2018
    I had the same problem. My iPad Mini 3 (cellular) was uploading 4.3GB of data a day with wifi while my iPad Air 2 was not. I suspected a malicious website, so closed all tabs in Safari. I tried deleting various apps I thought were suspicious. I tried preventing my iPad from uploading to iCloud or OneDrive in settings. I tried lots of other restrictions in settings, trying to isolate the cause through troubleshooting, but all to no avail. I asked my ISP if my new connection to the NBN high speed DSL internet could be the problem, but no, as I suspected myself, this was not the cause. I did a software update. I then tried doing a full reset in Settings, but without deleting all of my apps and data. Still no change. My iPad was still uploading constantly.

    I finally stumbled on something! I had fairly recently installed a hidden app called Tweakbox, which was only visible in settings under the General tab. This app allows you to install other non-Apple-approved apps without a jailbreak, it says. I deleted the profile by selecting “Remove Profile” of this app under “Profiles” under the General tab in Settings. Then I activated wifi on my iPad (which I had switched off, or it would have used up all of my 100GB monthly data allowance just with this massive uploading) and looked to see if the uploading had recommenced and it had not.

    So there was the solution. Hope it helps other people!

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