Google testing a feature that prevents an app from downloading over a cellular network?

Google testing a feature that prevents an app from downloading over a cellular network?
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According to leaked images, Google is testing out a feature that will save Android users from expending their precious data when downloading apps from the Play Store. This is accomplished by enabling a setting that will prevent apps from downloading on your device until the phone or tablet is hooked up to a Wi-Fi network.

Previously, Google would alert users when they were about to download a large file that could eat through a user's monthly data allowance. With the new feature, Google will offer Android users a choice between waiting for a Wi-Fi hook up before downloading the app, or to have it downloaded right at that moment regardless how much data will be used to accomplish this.

Since it is being tested right now, some Android users might see this option on their screen while downloading an app. If you do get the option to choose between downloading a file now or waiting for Wi-Fi, selecting the latter will automatically start the downloading process shortly after you're connected to a Wi-Fi network, You won't have to click on anything to start the download.

Those who have tested the feature say that it is a little buggy for now. But Google will surely work hard on having the bugs fixed by the time this so called 'queue-for-WiFi downloading' is ready to be launched. And if you're the type that loves to download apps, you might find that this will save you a decent chunk of data every month.


source: AndroidAuthority

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20 Comments

1. bustafone

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Best idea ever!

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right! Will come in handy to save me from unnecessary data burn.

9. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 959; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Especially since Apple's App Store has had a 100MB download limit over cellular for quite some time. Great idea, especially for those on unlimited data plans.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Play Store also has had a similar warning for a while The new thing here is that now it can automatically download the app once you connect to wifi Not sure if the App Store has that, my iPad doesnt have cellular data

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Simple but effective. Sometime I do forget that I am on cellular data and start to download a 1GB Game. Oops!

3. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

That's really useless b/c the way it is right now you can choose to download by clicking INSTALL, and unless you're a total dumbass that don't know whether you're connected to WIFI or mobile data then you're not going to tap on INSTALL if you don't want to use your data, google shouldn't even waste time on this type of dumb stuff

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I agree, but unfortunately, I also know enough people that don't think about it like that, so for the 'average' consumer might be a good thing.

11. tacarat

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

That's because you're thinking of yourself as the only person on the plan. I would set this up on my kid's phones in a heart beat.

20. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

You are useless yourself!! When you install an app from Play Store on a PC browser, it will just install the app instantly. It doesn't even ask you if you agree to install via cellular network, or wait for wireless connection. I mean sometimes, at work, I don't always remember if my phone's already connected to my office's wireless or still on cellular network. So, my conclusion is that this is not useless as you think.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, isn't that already in the Play Store settings as "Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi Only"?

5. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

It's different, this is for first time installation of the app, but i'll repost my previous post The way it is right now you can choose to download by clicking INSTALL, and unless you're a total dumbass that don't know whether you're connected to WIFI or mobile data then you're not going to tap on INSTALL if you don't want to use your data, google shouldn't even waste time on this type of dumb stuff

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 1821; Member since: May 04, 2015

This is for novices. There's the option to add to Watch List or whatever it's called. I understand it but it's for housewives or casual users.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6376; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This is a different approach to that. I myself don't allow my apps to auto update because I don't like jumping on an update as soon as it arrives...just in case there are bugs waiting to be discovered. If my apps are running good I prefer not to mess with them. I think this is a good idea for handling an update.

6. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

What I would rather see is the ability to snooze updates. Dismiss them until the next one.

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6376; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Not a bad idea actually.

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12. KingSam

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Why do you ppl bash this feature and call people idiots? It will be useful and that's just it. On Google play finding app size requires you to click more info and scroll all the way down! Not may people know this. When you start downloading that is when the average person finds out the size of an app which might be too late. I download apps 30mb or less on my data so I always check. The average user doesn't.

13. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am pretty sure this is a setting in the actual phone settings so what's the point??????????????

15. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

This was already a feature on my nexus 6p, note 3 and 4, s3, htc inspire 4g, and og moto droid. My point is this isn't new.

17. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

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