Clair Posted November 9, 2016 Share Posted November 9, 2016 In case it happens to someone else...Mr Clair and I each have a smartphone with a basic "€2 a month" Free mobile contract, as the phones are mainly in case of emergency and for the odd SMS...Last week, Mr Clair noticed his data limit (set by Free at 50MB a month) had been exceeded. There had been no web surfing or downloading, or anything else to justify a sudden and unusual increase in data usage.The actual breakdown of the data usage (listed in the phone settings) showed that 'Google Services' were to blame for the problem.Looking for an explanation, Mr Clair found out that recent changes made by Google to some Google Maps features may be the cause of the massive increase in data usage.These features are on by default and this page (https://unop.uk/on-google-maps-geotagging-and-privacy/) explains what is happening and how to prevent it.As our phones are Android-based (Google-owned), the Google Maps app cannot be removed from the phone. Unfortunately. If I could, I would. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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