I am finishing up my first month with Republic. I thought I would be able ot keep my usage below 1GB, and it looks like I’ll do it easily. That said, I don’t like to see any data wasted because you never know when you night need some extra. This leads me to my question.
Does data usage accrue if the app notification says it is connected to cell, even if the phone indicates it is connected to wifi?
I have set just about every app possible to update or stream on wifi only. This includes app stores, music services, instagram and snapchat. Basically if I could find a setting to reduce mobile data, I used it. In spite of this, the one day my usage topped 100MB, the big users were apps that I KNOW should be using big data only on wifi. For example, that day my top 3 users were snapchat at 38%, samsung galaxy apps at 34% and amazon music at 9%. All of these are set to low data or wifi mode. I did check snapchat at work, but at work I am connected to a reliable wifi signal. About the only time I am without wifi is my short 4-mile commute to and from work, and I don’t generally use my drive time to manually update apps.
The attached screenshot shows a very common situation for me. The wifi icon at the top of the screen shows me connected to my office wifi, but the republic notification below says it is connected to cell. Below that you can see that my phone has been auto-updating apps in the background. Obviously google play thinks it is connected to wifi so it’s doing its thing, but I wonder if this data is counting against my data usage since the republic app says cell.
These aren’t brief encounters with xfinity hotspots as I drive down the road, these are solid, reliable wifi signals at my home or office. I and my phone both think we are connected to wifi in these locations so there are no filters on me or the phone to limit data usage. If the app is not in sync with the phone’s wifi status this concerns me greatly.
I would prefer to not have to shut off mobile data to conserve my data. Has anyone