How Google Play Store can suck your mobile internet data like a bloodsucking vampire

Written by B Johnson October 03, 2016
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As smartphones and tablets now become more advanced and sophisticated, so does the technology behind them. One of many advancements found on smartphones and tablets today is 4G LTE connectivity.

If your tablet or smartphone happens to support 4G LTE connectivity, then you already know how fast this technology really is, especially in downloading and uploading speed. You can literally download a huge 1GB file in less than 5 minutes. That’s of course is incredibly fast!

However, despite being really fast in downloading and uploading files, 4G LTE connectivity can actually become such a burden to us. If you don’t know how to control and monitor the use of internet data on your device, then in the speed of light, your device can waste a lot of mobile data without your permission.

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This just happened to me a few days ago. And the culprit of this problem surprisingly was Google Play Store app on my smartphone.

I actually never had any problem with Google Play Store app before. But recently, I made a wrong decision by changing the ‘auto-update’ configuration of this app.

As a result, when I just enabled the internet data toggle of my smartphone, this Google Play Store suddenly did an ‘auto-update’ by itself in the background and wasted a lot of my internet data in just within a few seconds.

I was shocked to my very core when I saw that the data that just got sucked by Google Play Store app in the background was around 25MB. And that happened in within just 1 minute. Can you believe that?

This is why today, I want to show you how to prevent this same situation from happening on your device. I want you to be careful when selecting the ‘auto-update’ configuration on Google Play Store app.

Okay then, below I’m about to show you how to prevent Google Play Store app from wasting your internet data like a bloodsucking vampire.

#1. Open your Google Play Store app

Okay, now open the Google Play Store app on your tablet or smartphone. But don’t forget to activate your internet data first before opening Google Play Store app.

#2. Slide open the menu option on the left

Inside your Google Play Store app, now open the menu option on the left by swiping the screen from left to right. The menu option then will slide-open from the left side.

#3. Select ‘Setting’

On the main menu, select the option ‘Setting’ in the list. You will then be brought to the setting screen where you can configure everything on Google Play Store app.

#4. Change the auto-update setting

As you can see on the screen, on the top of the screen, there is the option called ‘Auto-update apps’ under the section ‘General’.

Now open it and then select ‘Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only’. By selecting this option, the Google Play Store app on your device will always do the ‘auto-update’ ONLY when you have a working WiFi connection on your device.

So if you are currently in WiFi hotspot area and your device is also connected with the WiFi connection, then Google Play Store app will automatically update the app by downloading the updates through WiFi connection. So Google Play Store will never use your mobile internet data when doing 'auto-update'.

But DO NOT CHOOSE the option ‘Do not auto-update apps’ or ‘Auto update apps at any time. Data charges may apply’ because if you select any of these options, Google Play Store app will still do the ‘auto-update’ by itself and use your mobile data without your permission.

#5.Always be careful when using Wi-Fi tethering from other phones

The other important thing that you also need to know is, if you are using the WiFi connection from your sister’s smartphone through WiFi tethering mode, Google Play Store will still do the ‘auto-update’ and download a lot of data from your sister’s smartphone. So be very careful with this.


Well, there you have it guys, my tips for you in order to prevent Google Play Store app on your device from sucking a lot of your mobile internet data like a bloodsucking vampire. I know that this is not like something huge, but I think it’s really important for you to always monitor the use of your internet data regularly.

Anyway, I’ve actually have another trick related to this post, which is to prevent your device from wasting your data without your permission. And that’s by using an app called ‘Data Monitor’.

Data Monitor, as its name suggests, is indeed an app that you can use to monitor the use of internet data of your device every second.

So everytime you activate your internet data, the data monitor widget will appear on notification panel and will instantly show you how many data you’re currently using right now. I believe you're gonna love this app for sure.
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