What is my iPhone leeching?
November 20, 2012 10:40 PM Subscribe
What data is my iPhone mysteriously downloading when I'm not really syncing anything, don't use iCloud, and have no apps running?
posted by Jimbob to computers & internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Due to unfortunate geography, I have a poor internet connection at home, maxing out at about 400kbps. The last 3 days, I've noticed in the afternoon when I come home, the internet is slowed to a crawl. After some experimentation, I found my iPhone 4 (running 6.0) was the culprit. I watched my router's bandwidth graph as I switched my phone on and off Aeroplane Mode. When the phone was on aeroplane mode, my router graph went to zero, and the internet on everything else went back to normal speed. Switch the phone back on, graph went straight back up to maximum and the internet became unusable for everything else.
I don't use iCloud. No apps are downloading updates. I don't automatically sync mail, calendars, anything like that. I'm not downloading a phone software update (to my knowledge). All apps have been closed. Podcasts are not set to sync.
What on earth might my phone be downloading? The only solution at the moment is to disconnect my phone from the Wifi network in the evenings, when other people in the house want to use the internet!