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Marco Arment
This is killing me. I get reports every day from people saying Overcast is using cellular data despite it being turned off in system settings. I’ve checked back with many of them, and Wi-Fi Assist is disabled, so it’s not that. My app is getting the blame for a clear iOS bug.
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Rémi Vachon Jul 27
Replying to @marcoarment
It’s not the same, but I had a particular podcast episode who wasn’t able to download correctly but kept downloading data indefinitely, wifi or cellular. It happened with a particular episode, only in Overcast. I was able to recreate. It busted my data in 10 minutes.
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Rémi Vachon Jul 27
Replying to @marcoarment
After verification, 2 years later, this bug still happen. Specific podcast, but also specific to overcast. I can reproduce it easily, if you are interested
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Rene Ritchie Jul 27
Replying to @marcoarment
I’ve experienced this as well. Worse was tethering when the other device would just start updating everything assuming it was on Wi-Fi. iOS 13 low data mode might be helpful but it’s like a zombie bug that just keeps coming back.
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W Bonnaud-Dowell Jul 27
Weren’t Apple sued for something similar to this a while back? I mean if I’m roaming I sure don’t like uncommaneed data bills
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Eric Goodwin Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
Huh. Yup. I’ve always had it off to concerve data. Definitely showing overcast using cellular data.... not enough to matter and I hadn’t noticed. Hope they fix it.
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idgaftw Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
Spotify too. Everything.
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Colin Jensen Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
OMG I was doubting my daughter when she said YouTube used data despite have data disabled on the app 😡
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Joshua Gans Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I tried the Luminary app and it chewed up 12GB of cellular data in a month. I only used it for one podcast.
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Octavius Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
Now that you mention it, I see that Overcast is using cellular data on my phone despite being disabled and WiFi assist being disabled as well. That explains why I’ve gone over the past 2 mns. Haha
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Octavius Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I suspect this happens when I leave home (WiFi) in AM and Overcast is DLing. Noticed several times new podcast notifications while in car & was confused. Wonder if was reintroduced in a recent iOS update or if was an Overcast update which happens to be hitting the iOS bug now?
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A.C.Meyer Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
It’s rough for the non-cellular preferrers, too; I get like 2GB of podcasts every month. It’s fine for me with unlimited data, but if that weren’t the case, it could be very expensive.
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#dumdumdev Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
Apple trying to knock out competition?
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Jacob White S Pumpkins Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I had told switch to unlimited data because my phone is using 20-30GB/month and doesn’t show which app it is.
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Jim Chese Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I have a solution. Turn off data if u care that much about it. I do.
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Spencer Marsden Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I have cellular data turned off for the iOS music app, no offline music (because I use Spotify) and it recently started to steam my iTunes music randomly in my car over Bluetooth. Still shows zero offline songs. It’s haunting. This bug impacts more than Overcast I suspect.
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Octavius Jul 26
Replying to @spemarx @marcoarment
I’ve had something similar, except with Apple Music and CarPlay. Cellular data disabled for Music and I was shuffling “Downloaded Music” playlist on CarPlay. Suddenly started playing tracks I new weren’t downloaded. Fun fun…
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Jay Wang Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I believe this feature was first introduced for China as the government required all phones to let user toggle cellular use for each app. Just like third-party keyboard, call filter, etc. almost all features designed for China are buggy as hell.
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Geoffrey Platt Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
I’ve had the same thing happen. Also with the YouTube app.
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Christian Tietze Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment
So that‘s the reason. Best thing you can do is share the info, I guess :/
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zachary ✌ Jul 26
Replying to @marcoarment @keitaitok
totally possible that they’re affected by similar bugs and don’t work either, but in theory, apps do have control over cell vs wifi for network requests +
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