MacBook eating mobile data allowance.. how to control?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alexjholland, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Bali, Cambridge, Sydney.. anywhere.
    Hey, I just landed in Australia with my MacBook Pro.

    Compared to the UK, their broadband internet sucks - but the 3G/4G is much better and has more generous data allowances.

    I'm used to 76MB, unlimited home internet in the UK and only use a few GB of mobile data a month, as I was mainly at home or in the office; however here, I'm outside a lot of the time, often on my MacBook.

    15GB data on a SIM for my MiFi unit seemed very generous initially, but vanished in only a few hours!

    My feeling is that Apple haven't really considered that some people use Macs on limited data allowances; because there is no obvious button for monitoring or controlling data transfer.

    I could easily have eaten that 15GB through Dropbox, OSX downloading updates, or OSX Photos deciding to back-up/download photos - all kinds of processes that would decimate 15GB without trying.

    Again, I just don't feel Apple have considered this, as I can't see any feature for controlling the situation. I'm sure I can turn off certain features like automatic updates; but a single button for 'I'M ON MOBILE INTERNET, DON'T WASTE DATA DOING STUFF I HAVEN'T DAMN ASKED YOU TO DO' would be ideal.

    Any recommendations for monitoring and controlling how much data is being eaten?

    I'm running the latest version of OSX Sierra.

  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Check out the program TripMode - I haven't used it but have heard good things about it.

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