Chances are (like 99.9%!) that you’re on a limited cellular data mobile phone plan. If that’s the case, then you’re concerned about how much data each app is using. Because you keep Sweatcoin active in the background all the time (as you should) you may be considering deactivating its cellular data usage.
Let me explain why you should NOT do this.
Sweatcoin is an app that submits data to GPS in order to track the whereabouts of your physical activity. Sweatcoin possesses a highly advanced algorithm to determine what steps are valid. That is to say, they know exactly how to identify footsteps (or cycling!) compared to driving in a car. They also understand the difference between “GPS drift” (cell phone lag) and actual movement.
Therefore, they rely on internet connectivity to perform these assessments. This means that you will NOT receive Sweatcoin if you disable the app from using cellular data. However, this should not concern you. Here’s why
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When you keep Sweatcoin running throughout the day, you’re constantly transmitting GPS data. While it sounds data-hungry, it’s actually very lightweight. The GPS data Sweatcoin App sends is insignificant in comparison to apps such as Google Maps or Apple Maps. Why is this? Google and Apple apps load a visual map display. Sweatcoin does not show a map; it simply sends small text-based data strings to their server.
What Does This Mean For Me?
The data Sweatcoin uses is a small fraction in comparison to how much data your map apps use. Your map apps, and other augmented reality apps such as Pokemon GO, are supreme data hogs. Sweatcoin is not.
Based on personal experience, don’t worry about the Sweatcoin app using too much data!