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laz232

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I expected that iOS - Settings - Spotify - Mobile Data: off would override the app's internal settings and provide an OS level restriction on an app's data usage. (Note this is with latest iOS 14, not noticed or tested with earlier versions)

Yet despite this the app still use mobile network data (cellular data for US audience).

Why? Is this expected?

Edit: Latest Spotify app update + reboot and it appears to be resolved (iOS Mobile Data Usage shows that it was using data despite Use Mobile Data toggle being 'off')
 
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Check out Spotify’s own Settings > Sound Quality > Downloads at the very bottom and verify that Download Using Mobile Data is switched off?
 

laz232

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Check out Spotify’s own Settings > Sound Quality > Downloads at the very bottom and verify that Download Using Mobile Data is switched off?

My question is why does the OS setting not override the app setting? I expect the OS to limit behavior - especially as it provides a single, unified and consistent interface.
 

akash.nu

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My question is why does the OS setting not override the app setting? I expect the OS to limit behavior - especially as it provides a single, unified and consistent interface.

How did you find out Spotify using data even after you’ve turned it off from settings?
 

laz232

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How did you find out Spotify using data even after you’ve turned it off from settings?
Settings -> Mobile data (Spotify)

in addition, Spotify still allows Music Search and listening to songs (streaming) even when the App's Mobile Data setting is OFF in the iOS settings screen.

This should override the app's setting IMO (OS should override app)

NB wifi Assist is off
 

laz232

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Settings -> Mobile data (Spotify)

in addition, Spotify still allows Music Search and listening to songs (streaming) even when the App's Mobile Data setting is OFF in the iOS settings screen.

This should override the app's setting IMO (OS should override app)

NB wifi Assist is off
noone else has this problem?
 

OneMike

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Tested out and the behavior was as expected for me.

With the iOS cellular data option turned off in settings. The app is not is using data and when I’m in the app I’m getting various no internet connection messages in the app.

Even tried starting someone random/new over wifi and immediately turning wifi off. No internet connection message is showing beyond whatever was loaded over wifi.
 

ian87w

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Tried it on mine. iOS 14.4.2. Cellular data off, and spotify immediately says it's offline, and nothing much I can do.
 

laz232

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Tried it on mine. iOS 14.4.2. Cellular data off, and spotify immediately says it's offline, and nothing much I can do.
Tested out and the behavior was as expected for me.

With the iOS cellular data option turned off in settings. The app is not is using data and when I’m in the app I’m getting various no internet connection messages in the app.

Even tried starting someone random/new over wifi and immediately turning wifi off. No internet connection message is showing beyond whatever was loaded over wifi.

Thanks - that is indeed the behavior I was expected (and used to get).

I definitely had 4G data usage, as shown in the iOS settings Mobile Data Usage, despite Mobile Data toggle disabled in the iOS Spotify App settings.

However, since latest update of the Spotify app (and / or reboot) it seems to work as expected again,
Disconcerting that it was able to circumvent the OS settings though.
 

ian87w

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Thanks - that is indeed the behavior I was expected (and used to get).

I definitely had 4G data usage, as shown in the iOS settings Mobile Data Usage, despite Mobile Data toggle disabled in the iOS Spotify App settings.

However, since latest update of the Spotify app (and / or reboot) it seems to work as expected again,
Disconcerting that it was able to circumvent the OS settings though.
Good thing that the problem is resolved. Maybe it's iOS bug.
 
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