This seem to be more on American phones, haven’t so far noticed it myself. But, it’s a good little trick to know anyway.
The source of this is a post HERE, so all credit goes to rickms80 for finding this solution. And to Big B for confirming that it works, he noticed that regular phone backup didn’t work before this trick as well.
Might be more solutions/problems than this only, but it’s a nice place to start.
So, tell me!
The cause of it (at least on the american phones I know about) I don’t really know.
But, what happens is: wifi’s get all marked as “mobile hotspots”, and when they get marked as that: “Apps can be restricted from using those networks when in the background”. As in a backup/sync situation. Causing the backup/sync thing to just not work, since the system sees it as “unsafe connection” or just “No wifi connection”. Or “wifi only” in g+ auto backup.
I’ve told my G+ to only auto backup on Wifi only, and I tick my wifi network under mobile hotspots: it disables auto backup at once. And had a big problem getting auto backup to even to ON, I had to restart my phone. So: don’t play around with that. It’s lethal.
So, solution is that under Settings > More > Data usage, then 3 dots menu > Mobile hotspots. And there simply untick the networks that’s not a mobile hotspot.
In a nice list form (this is Big B):
- remove incorrect ‘mobile hotspot’ checks on your regular wifi connections
- switch autobackup to ‘wifi only’
- turn off autobackup
- turn wifi off
- turn wifi back on
- turn autobackup back on
Droider addition: you might have to restart your phone after step 1 if auto backup just don’t want to be on at all.