Wi-Fi setting on phone

August 26, 2016 at 10:22:57
Specs: several
My new Android 5.0.2 phone has this setting:

Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep
- Always
- Only when plugged in
- Never (increases data usage)

Why does having Wi-Fi turned off during sleep increase data usage?
That looks totally backwards.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
August 26, 2016 at 10:46:49
Is your data service enabled? If so then perhaps you have a few things running in the background which are regularly poling out. Location software for assorted apps.; sat nav/maps etc.?

Presumably when wifi is enabled your phone uses that to connect to the internet etc. rather than data service; and makes its call outs that way?

When I'm home I disable my data service and use the house wifi entirely/exclusively for everything. When out and about I only have data enabled when I need it; using free or my phone service hotspots whenever possible.


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#2
August 26, 2016 at 19:38:36
The phone is not enabled yet. So far I'm just exploring what is
on it and adjusting settings, in hope of preventing it from doing
nasty things when I do connect it to the rest of the world. Some
of the first things I did were put it in Airplane mode and turn off
Location and Wi-Fi.

I guess you are saying that the "data usage" refers to data usage
via the cell phone ISP rather than data usage via the Wi-Fi ISP, as
if Wi-Fi data usage somehow doesn't count as "data usage".
Is that it?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
August 26, 2016 at 20:25:03
Look at what Republic Wireless offers. It should help you understand how it works.

https://republicwireless.com/


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#4
August 26, 2016 at 22:54:08
Using my o2 account as an example. Yes - if I disable my data feed from o2 (on my iPhone) and just use wifi (home or hotspot) any data I download etc. doesn't apply against my o2 data allowance. Similarly any app pollling out will do so viat house/hot spot wifi.

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#5
August 27, 2016 at 02:43:38
I think that what those settings mean is while wifi is off the mobile device will use mobile data

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#6
August 27, 2016 at 06:19:54
btk1w1 nailed it. When wifi is disabled it uses your data on your plan. I only use wifi, so mine is constantly turned on.

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