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6th June 2014, 03:22 PM   |  #1  
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Hi there

Does anyone else have issues with the latest traffic consumption from the play services / play store?
My "Play Services" have transferred about 4 GB of data in the last 2 days, most of it over wifi after I disabled mobile data for it. This is very odd and I can't see any reason for that. So does anybody else noticed such strange behaviour or has any idea what could cause that huge amount of traffic?
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6th June 2014, 04:01 PM   |  #2  
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Hi there

Does anyone else have issues with the latest traffic consumption from the play services / play store?
My "Play Services" have transferred about 4 GB of data in the last 2 days, most of it over wifi after I disabled mobile data for it. This is very odd and I can't see any reason for that. So does anybody else noticed such strange behaviour or has any idea what could cause that huge amount of traffic?

Big apps require permission to update if you're not on wi-fi. But if you're on wi-fi, and you have automatic updating enabled, they'll go ahead on update on their own. If you've got a few big games installed, and they've been waiting for a wi-fi signal to update, it's possible they all updated in the past couple days.
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6th June 2014, 04:12 PM   |  #3  
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Thank you for your answer, I am quite aware that this could be a possible cause. But I do not have big games installed. And I forgot to mention that of course I first checked the play store to see if there were any app updates, even though I'm quite sure I don't have that much apps installed that they could generate 4 GB of traffic.
Also, I do not sync my app files with my google account, so this could also not be the case. The only data which is synced is my phone book and my personal details, which both could never have a size of over 4 GB.
This is the thing: I don't see any reason, why play services should generate that much traffic without updating apps or syncing data (except it has an error like syncing to much or the same data over and over again). That's why I opened this thread to ask, if anyone has similar problems.
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Thank you for your answer, I am quite aware that this could be a possible cause. But I do not have big games installed. And I forgot to mention that of course I first checked the play store to see if there were any app updates, even though I'm quite sure I don't have that much apps installed that they could generate 4 GB of traffic.
Also, I do not sync my app files with my google account, so this could also not be the case. The only data which is synced is my phone book and my personal details, which both could never have a size of over 4 GB.
This is the thing: I don't see any reason, why play services should generate that much traffic without updating apps or syncing data (except it has an error like syncing to much or the same data over and over again). That's why I opened this thread to ask, if anyone has similar problems.

That's certainly weird. Where are you viewing this data usage? Just the basic "Data usage" list in Settings? Scrolling through mine, I can't find "Play Services", just "Google Play Store" and "Google Services" (the latter being very minimal). If you used Google Play Music to stream audio, or whatever the TV/Movie app is called, it should show up as those, and not Google Play Store or Services or whatever.
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That's certainly weird. Where are you viewing this data usage? Just the basic "Data usage" list in Settings? Scrolling through mine, I can't find "Play Services", just "Google Play Store" and "Google Services" (the latter being very minimal). If you used Google Play Music to stream audio, or whatever the TV/Movie app is called, it should show up as those, and not Google Play Store or Services or whatever.

I first noticed that behaviour yesterday when my carrier sent me a message, that the traffic included in my data plan was fully used. I then disabled the background data option for play services.
I look in the "data usage" statistic in the settings (Not sure if it is called like that, my android is in german). There is the entry "Google Play Services", but you are right, there is a seperate one for the play Store.
According to the entry, "Google Play Services" is the group with the following apps:
"Google Service ... "
"Google Backup ..."
"Google Account..."
"Google Play Service"
"Google Contacs ..."

Unfortunately, the full names are not shown, but overlapped by the statistic bar.

But thanks to checking that group I just got an idea, why this possibly could happen. I used Apps Ops recently to deny the access to some parts for play services, maybe it just tries to sync some settings, fails and try again every minute or so. I will try, if reverting those settings will solve the problem and will post the results.
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I first noticed that behaviour yesterday when my carrier sent me a message, that the traffic included in my data plan was fully used. I then disabled the background data option for play services.
I look in the "data usage" statistic in the settings (Not sure if it is called like that, my android is in german). There is the entry "Google Play Services", but you are right, there is a seperate one for the play Store.
According to the entry, "Google Play Services" is the group with the following apps:
"Google Service ... "
"Google Backup ..."
"Google Account..."
"Google Play Service"
"Google Contacs ..."

OK, I see what you're looking at. On my phone (Samsung running 4.2.2) it's listed as "Google Services", but it has the same listings. Not sure if it's listed differently because yours is a different version of Android, or because yours is in German.

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Unfortunately, the full names are not shown, but overlapped by the statistic bar.

Turn your phone sideways.

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But thanks to checking that group I just got an idea, why this possibly could happen. I used Apps Ops recently to deny the access to some parts for play services, maybe it just tries to sync some settings, fails and try again every minute or so.

That certainly sounds like it could be the culprit. Still, 4 gigs sounds like a bit much, especially in only 2 days. I've downloaded torrents bigger than 4gb that took longer than that. But I guess if it's trying every waking second to connect, it's possible.

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I will try, if reverting those settings will solve the problem and will post the results.

On my phone, if you scroll down to the bottom, there's an option to restrict it from using data only on wi-fi (see attachment). Or just go back to your old settings. I'm on the last day of my billing cycle, and it's only used 22MB of data on my phone.
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7th June 2014, 11:48 AM   |  #7  
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Well, it seems the denied access rights were the problem, after reverting them (or better: disable app ops for the play services) everything is back to normal. It's a bit strange that it took some days until the problem occurred, but that's how it sometimes is.
Thank you again for your help.

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