Did You Know Android OS Uses Data? Here's Why

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Did You Know Android OS Uses Data? Here's Why

Posted by Madhu Gupta
You may be noticing unusual data consumption by your device when you are not using any data-consuming apps.

Did You Know Android OS Uses Data? Here's Why

The usual answer to this query lies in the applications running in the background. Then why do these background applications consume so much data, or is there any other reason behind it? Here we will try to look for the answer to these questions.

What is Android OS?

Android OS extends to Android Operating System. It is a mobile-based operating system which is a system software & that supports your mobile hardware & apps.

The operating system acts as an interface between you & your device that allows you to use apps on your device. Android OS uses data to establish that interface for the smooth working of your device. 

How does Android OS work?

Android OS was made initially by Android Inc. software company & later sold to Google. Google is currently developing Android for touchscreen devices, cell phones, or tablets. Android OS comes from a yet older version of another OS, the Linux Kernel. 

Over time, Android OS branched out in a completely different direction from its parent OS with constant updates. There are several layers or levels to the working of Android OS. The basic level deals with the core functionalities of your device like safeguarding memory, managing all the processes taking place & the drivers running them on your device, & so on. 

How does Android OS work?

Another level moves toward the synchronization of data & application framework of the built-in apps (by google) & then third-party apps that you install on your device. Android OS uses data to protect your device against these third-party apps & enable them to perform their functions without interruptions. 

Why Android OS Uses Data?

Android OS uses data because it manages several application programs. Sometimes many applications are working together or at the same time. It is the applications or apps that need constant data & since Android OS is the system software handling all the other software programs, our OS ends up consuming significant data. 

Other reasons for the Android OS to consume data are: Backing up your files, Synchronisation of multiple applications with either each other or with the system, & Checking for the updates released every next day by the operating system itself.

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1. Backing-Up of Files

Android OS gives us the option of a manual or automatic backup of data. Since we, as humans, forget to back up regularly, we change the setting for most of the applications & allow for an automatic backup process. These files can be later accessed or restored to the system in case we delete them by accident.

As you use apps more often than others, such as messages & their apps, contacts, or calendars, they need constant backing up of data. 

All this process consumes data. If your phone is not using Wi-Fi it will use your cellular data connection to carry out these processes. 

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2. Synchronizing the Data

The synchronization of data or your files means that two or more different but related processes are happening simultaneously. Like the backup process, you can allow the sync to take place manually or automatically. Some applications like Google need automatic syncing to provide real-time data when you are using the app.

Sync on the phone refers to the data from the various applications you use getting stored in cloud storage or online storage space. The main advantage of backing up data in this manner is that you can access this data from anywhere & on any other device. All you will need is a working internet connection & your credentials. 

If you allow for the sync to take place in the background or automatically when your phone establishes an internet connection, then this process can also consume data. If your phone is not using a Wi-Fi connection, it will use your cellular data.

3. Checking for the Updates

The various applications in your phone keep fixing the bugs, adding a new feature, or updating a previous one. Your device can work fine without these updates & sometimes you do not need them immediately or will need them at some point later in the future. 

Checking for the Updates

Apart from the apps, the device system or your Android OS may need updates at some time as well. Since Google is developing the Android OS, the exclusive applications from google itself take a preference when you begin to update your phone.

Like backing up or synchronization the data, checking for updates & updating these files & applications also require your precious data. Sometimes these updates arrive at a frequent pace & since we do not want to keep checking manually for them, we put the timer on updates. After that time, if your phone connects to the internet, it will automatically check for updates & notify you of the pending updates.

If your phone is not using a Wi-Fi connection, it will use your cellular data for this process as well as in the above cases.

Summing Up

Other than these reasons, Android OS uses data to save your most recent photos or videos to google drive. If you have opted for cloud storage space access like OneDrive or Google Drive, after performing certain functions, the phone may save those files to these storage spaces. These operations may also consume some data. 

All the functions may not take place in a single day & at the same time. Therefore Android OS on your phone should not consume some amount of data. You can check if an application is running in the background & consuming cellular data. 

If you notice unusual data usage on your phone without using any app or backing up any file, then you may check for abnormalities. For this, you may want to disable third-party apps installed on your phone by turning on Safe Mode.


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