The Android app uses several gigabytes of data when running in the background – and users are completely unaware.
People who use Google News are reporting that the app is costing them hundreds by burning through huge amounts of data when open in the background.
The news aggregate app has drained the data of hundreds of people triggering extortionate overuse fees from their network provider.
Users took to the Google News Help Forum to complain about the bug, with some claiming it burned through several gigabytes of data in just a few hours.
One wrote: ‘I woke up and Google News used 7.65GB of background data overnight.
‘I was connected to WiFi but the signal was weak so it’s possible it was connecting/disconnecting.
‘Even still…have no idea how Google News would have a way to use that much in such a short time unless there was a problem.’
Another user said: ‘I’ve had the same problem last week here in the UK and have reported this to O2 as they have billed me £194 for excess data usage.
‘Google you need to contact all service providers and sort out this appalling error and refund all those affected.’
HOW CAN YOU AVOID THE GOOGLE NEWS DATA BUG?
While Google try to reconfigure the app to avoid the issue, users can protect their data by turning off background data usage.
This feature is located under Settings and Connections and will stop all use of mobile data when an app is not in use.
Deleting the app from your phone is another solution to the problem.