How To Prevent an App From Using Data on an Android Device

If you’re like most people, you probably want to use your phone as little as possible when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. And if you’re on a limited data plan, that’s especially important.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to restrict which apps can use your data.

In this article, we’ll show you how to prevent apps from using data on Android.

Block apps with data Android

While Android devices are incredibly versatile and allow users to perform a variety of tasks, they can also be a major drain on your data plan. Limiting data usage in the background is one way to reduce your data usage.

Background data refers to the data that is downloaded and used by apps when you are not actively using them. This includes app updates, email sync, and social media notifications.

While some of this data is necessary, much is unnecessary and can be avoided by limiting the use of background data. There are a few ways to do this, including restricting background data for all apps, disabling background data for specific apps, and setting a data usage limit.

Let’s see how each of these methods works.

Restrict background data for all apps

Limiting background data on Android can help improve your device’s battery life. When you provide background data, your device won’t download app updates, sync with accounts or check for new emails unless you’re actively using an app that requires these features.

Perhaps most importantly, limiting background data helps keep your mobile data usage in check. If you’re on a limited data plan, limiting background data can keep you from going over your monthly allotment.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Select “Network and Internet” in the settings menu.
  3. Scroll down and tap “Data Usage.”
  4. Switch to the “Mobile” tab and tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Select “Restrict Background Data” from the pop-up menu.
  6. A dialog box will appear asking if you want to restrict background data for all apps. Tap OK.

And that’s it. You have just instructed your device not to allow background data consumption by apps on your device. However, keep in mind that this only works when using mobile data. When you switch to Wi-Fi, apps can consume data in the background without any restrictions.

It is also important to note that the above steps may change slightly depending on the type of Android device you are using.

Disable background data consumption for specific apps

While background data can be helpful, it can also consume a large chunk of your data limit. If you’re on a limited data plan or trying to save money, you may want to turn off background data for specific apps. To do this, you need to open the settings for each app and disable the “Allow background data” option.

Here are the detailed steps to do this:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap “Network & Internet” in the settings menu.
  3. Scroll down and tap “Data Usage.”
  4. Switch to the “Mobile” tab. At the top of the page, you should see the amount of data your apps have consumed over time, usually a month. You will also see a list of all the apps that have used your data during that period. The app that uses the most data is first on the list.
  5. Scroll down and tap the desired app.
  6. Disable “Background Data”.

This will prevent the selected apps from syncing in the background, but they will still work as normal when you open them. Some apps may not work properly with background data turned off, so you should weigh the pros and cons of disabling this feature before making any changes.

Set a data warning and usage limit

By setting a data warning and usage limit on your Android device, you can avoid expensive overage charges. When you reach the data warning limit, your device will let you know that you are about to exceed your data plan.

If you continue to use data after reaching the limit, your device will automatically limit your data usage. This means that you may not be able to access certain features, such as streaming video or music, until your next billing cycle.

To set a data warning and usage limit, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Select “Connections” or “Network and Internet” from the settings menu.
  3. Scroll down to “Data Usage” and tap “Billing Cycle & Data Alert.”
  4. Check ‘Set data limit’.
  5. Type a value for your data usage limit, such as 5 GB.
  6. Check ‘Set up data alert’.
  7. Type a value for your data warning limit, such as 4 GB.

In general, your data alert limit should be less than your data limit. For example, if your monthly data limit is 5 GB, you can set the data warning limit to 4 GB. This way you still have some leeway before you reach your full data limit.

However, keep in mind that if you consistently use or exceed your data limit, it may be time to consider increasing your data limit.

Using a third-party tool to limit data usage on Android

NetGuard provides an easy way to block internet access for specific apps on your Android device. It can be useful if you want to avoid data usage on apps that consume a lot of data or if you want to limit background data usage in general.

To use NetGuard, you must install the app and grant access to your device’s root directory. Once you’ve done this, you can specify which apps you want to block internet access for. You can whitelist apps that are allowed to use data and set limits on the amount of data each app is allowed to use. NetGuard then creates a firewall rule to prevent the app from accessing the internet.

You can also specify which types of connections you want to block, such as Wi-Fi or mobile data.

In addition, NetGuard provides detailed logs of your data usage, so you can see which apps are using the most data.

If you’re looking for an option to limit data usage on your Android device, NetGuard is worth checking out.

Keep an eye on your apps

Apps can be a significant data hog, especially if not properly managed. Fortunately, Android users can restrict background data or at least set usage limits.

However, it is important to remember that some apps always need more data than others. Some don’t even work at all when under a data restriction. That includes browsers, email clients, and weather apps. To ensure that the operation of such apps is not compromised, you may want to avoid a general restriction that applies to all apps and instead set conditions on specific apps.

Do you have any tips for saving data while using Android apps? Let us know in the comments below!

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