During the interval of last one month, I have come across several instances where users have reported that the Facebook Messenger app has been consuming excessive background data and the data usage has been alarmingly high —ranging from 600MB to a whopping 1.5GB— all within a matter of few hours.
1.4GB Messenger data usage
Due to constant connectivity to the cellular Internet connection, this issue has been negatively impacting the battery performance of the phone.
The users are clueless why this is happening all of a sudden and it is still unknown what type of data is being sent/received by the Facebook Messenger. However, to protect your limited cellular data from being wasted without your consent, there are a couple of steps you can take as a precaution.
Here is what you need to do. On your Android phone:
- Go to "Settings".
- Tap on the "Data Usage" option located under the Connections section.
- Scroll down and you will see a list of apps that are consuming data, look for the "Messenger" and tap on it.
- Once under Messenger, scroll down a little bit and you will see a checkbox that says, "Restrict background data".
- Tap to enable the checkbox. You will see a popup box asking for the confirmation, simply tap on "Ok".
That is it. Facebook Messenger app has now been restricted from using your mobile data in the background.
Do you know any other possible workaround for this issue?