Data Usage on Android tablet

January 1, 2018 at 05:52:53
Specs: several
I'm using an Android 4.4.2 tablet computer which accesses the
Internet via Wifi through a separate modem/router with 4G LTE
cellular connection.

One of the built-in apps is "Mobile Data". It appears to run all the
time. When I stop it in Settings or CCleaner it quickly re-starts.
So I searched the Internet to find out what it is for. A web page
says it can be used to limit the amount of data used by apps over
cellular connections. That probably doesn't apply to my tablet
because it doesn't connect directly to the cell phone system.

The web page says I can set limits for different apps by going to
Settings > Data Usage. But I see no "Data Usage" section. Is that
because the tablet doesn't do cellular? Or what?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
January 1, 2018 at 09:26:18
You answered your own questions.

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#2
January 1, 2018 at 09:39:16
So Android is dumb enough to run the app, but smart
enough to not display the app's interface?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
January 1, 2018 at 10:29:00
Android is just like any other OS - it contains extra programs that are only needed for certain configurations. Otherwise there would have to be 100s of different editions; one for each of the 100s of possible hardware configurations.

Your tablet has no cellular capability so whether "Mobile Data" is on or off should make no difference. If you want to disable it, search the play store for "power toggles". There's plenty of free apps available: https://play.google.com/store/apps/...

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#4
January 1, 2018 at 16:53:33
I wasn't really thinking of disabling it, mainly because I
only learned what it is for just before I posted. If I want
to disable it, I can do so in Settings.

I wondered about it because it seems to be important,
because it re-starts soon after being stopped, unlike most
apps. Why some apps re-start is obvious. Not this one.

However, right at the moment, the Mobile Data thing is
either trying to consternate me or make me out to be a
liar. It is stopped and isn't re-starting. Hmmph!

I disagree about needing "100s of different editions" for
different hardware configurations. Android loads and runs
this app, then the hardware is checked to determine whether
the app is needed. It could just as well be arranged so that
the operating system checks whether the app is needed,
then loads it if it is. I expect that lots of different functions
need to know whether the device has cell phone capability,
so the check for that capability would be part of the basic
operating system, not part of the Mobile Data app.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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