Android 7.0 Data Saver will actively limit background usage on low-data plans

Android 7.0 Data Saver will actively limit background usage on low-data plans
Android 7.0 Nougat's Data Saver option isn't new; the option was available in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it will be getting an update to be far more useful for those out there who are not on an unlimited data plan (and given the push by carriers over the past few years, very few of us have true unlimited plans anymore.)

Previously, Android's Data Saver would shut down all data usage when a specific limit was hit on the system's data usage statistics. But, in Android 7.0 the feature will be more nuanced and smarter. Now, Android will check to see if you're on a metered wireless connection (including prepaid and roaming) or on an unlimited plan, and if it finds you're on a metered plan it will continuously limit the amount of background data an app can use. Of course, you can always whitelist certain apps if you want to have them be able to update to the fullest in the background. 

The aim is to help make sure you can avoid (or at least delay as much as possible) hitting your data usage limit in the first place, rather than only taking action once your limit has been hit. This all sounds pretty awesome, but we're also hoping for better data usage monitoring that can more accurately determine usage when your plan doesn't count certain apps (as with T-Mobile's Binge On).

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7 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

*claps* this is why Android is #1

2. johnnyboy

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 16, 2016

I've had this on my iPhones for years!

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Restricted cellular data by app exist in early version of MIUI ROM. Apple steal the idea but did not credit XiaoMi. Typical.

3. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

iOS is better

4. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Is it the same iOS that used to gobble my data? What us described here is better in theory than any battery saver out rn.

6. rkoforever90

Posts: 473; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Opera already has an app for it

7. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

It would be great if that app didn't cause your phone to crash and reboot constantly: http://forums.opera.com/discussion/1874592/operamax-crashing-att-lg-g5-phones/p1

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