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How to configure your Android smartphone so that it does not consume mobile data

26 mayo, 2021

Reasons for wanting to disable mobile data there are those you want and more. From leaving your country of origin to visit another where roaming still exists to wanting to save the last megabytes of your rate to use in an emergency. The vast majority of applications that we have installed on our smartphones consume data, both in the foreground and in the background, but restricting this access is very easy if you know the proper settings.

Android, fortunately, makes it really easy for us, offering us the possibility of restricting mobile data both globally and individually. In other words, so that the mobile is completely disconnected or so that certain applications cannot connect to the network. We are going to know both methods.

How to disable mobile data on an Android mobile

Disable Mobile Data

If you want to disable mobile data you can do it in several ways. The simplest is rolling out the notification curtain, find the “Mobile data” icon and deactivate it. You can also do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Look for “Data Connections and Wireless Networks” (it usually appears at the top).
  3. Click on “More”.
  4. Access “Mobile networks” and deactivate them.

If you want to be something more radical, you can also remove the SIM card. It may not be the most useful method if you want to be able to call and send SMS, but if you are traveling to a roaming country, it is the best way to save yourself a scare at the end of the month. After all, even with the SIM removed, you can still use applications that require Internet access when you connect to WiFi.

If you don’t want to remove the SIM card “because of what may happen”, you can always activate airplane mode. In this way, all your mobile connections will be disabled and, effectively, you will continue to be able to connect to WiFi even with the mobile network and data disabled. Thus, in an emergency, you can always enable them and make a quick call.

How to control and limit data usage on Android

How to disable mobile data in certain applications

Disable Mobile Data Apps

Android, just like iOS, too allows restricting access to mobile data individually. In addition, you can do it natively, without the need to install third-party applications from Google Play. To do this, you simply have to follow the following steps:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Navigate to the “Applications” section.
  3. There, locate the apps to which you want to restrict access to mobile data. It is a bit tedious, since you will have to do it one at a time.
  4. Click on any of them and, once on its file, go to “Data usage”.
  5. From it you will be able to see how much data it has consumed in the foreground and background, as well as a tab that says “Automatic connections”. Turn it off and you’re done.

Once you have finished the process, the apps you have checked will automatically stop connecting to mobile data, although they can continue to do so to WiFi. Remember to deactivate this option when you want them to be able to connect, see when you return to your country or when your operator has restored your monthly data plan.

Important is also configure Google Play so that updates are only carried out via WiFi. This is as simple as accessing the application store, opening the settings and, in the “Automatically update applications” section, select “Only via WiFi”.

You can do something similar in apps like WhatsApp so that they do not download multimedia content automatically. If you forget to configure this section, it is possible that the monthly invoice comes more bulky from the account, so do not forget to go through the app settings to change them.