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Any news to do with Snapchat raises eyebrows these days, and the latest issue users are facing has to do with extremely high data usage in the background. Numerous Snapchat users have taken to voice their complaints on the web, most notably on Reddit.
The screenshot above (courtesy Reddit user rabbit00010) shows that the Snapchat app has used over 250 MBs (that’s 1/4th of GB) of data in the background, apart from 43 MB when the app was actually active.
According to a post on XDA, Snapchat’s latest update from January is causing such high data usage due to the “Discover” feature, which pulls stories from sources like CNN and National Geographic. However, if you’re on a limited data plan, 250 MB is a lot, and even if you’re not, such active data usage in the background can cause rapid battery drains and heating issues.
In order to prevent Snapchat from using data in the background, go to Settings, Data Usage, select Snapchat and then check the “Restrict Background Data” option (as shown in the screenshot above).
While the company often defends claims by blaming third party apps and services, this is something they should take responsibility for. A new update was rolled out earlier today, but it’s not clear whether it fixed the data usage issue.
If you want to go ahead with the latest version of Snapchat, use the Play Store link below and let us know if you run into any issues.