Android 4.1.2: Google Play: Update apps over WiFi only (updated with Google's response)

I've noticed this many times in office, when I'm connected between fluctuating WiFi network (as I roam around), the nice feature of "Update apps over WiFi only" gets into action.

I use a 2G/EDGE data connection when I'm not in office which is quite costly per mb of data. Well, the bug with Google Play app is that, once it starts updating app over WiFi, it doesn't stop if WiFi is lost. This has caused my cellphone bills to shoot up because I'm not aware when a WiFi connection is lost inside office.

I believe even by design it should detect what kind of signal you are on and decide actions based on that. Using connected to WiFi as trigger point and not handling situations when WiFi is lost, would have costed many users. I'm not sure if people have already logged this against android.

Well, I've logged it as Issue 53090. Thank you Google.

I received following response from Google Play support team.

Thanks for contacting us. I understand you have a questions about downloading over wifi. I'll gladly clarify this for you. The option to "Update over Wi-Fi Only" pertains to how your apps should automatically update. If you initiate the update yourself, it will use wifi as a priority. If you move out of wifi knowingly without stopping the download or update yourself, the download will continue over your mobile data if you have it enabled. This is by design. I understand your concerns about this and I will gladly share this with the Google Play Team. Depending on what they decide, we may use this to improve the Google Play experience.

Nice work!

Looks like WiFi only is not WiFi only by design ;)


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