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The option for "Background data" used to be under Accounts & sync in Android 2.3. But on my Galaxy Nexus, the option is missing. Therefore some applications are still using background data... How can I disable "Background data" in ICS?

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Settings / Data Usage / Menu button / Restrict Background Data

Restrict Background Data
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I think this is it... weird, it requires you to set a mobile data limit :/ –  Bryan Denny Dec 27 '11 at 4:40
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Bryan Denny's solution works, but beware that in ICS, it applies only to cellular data connections and not WiFi - even on a phone. Source: xda-developers –  M009 Jun 18 '12 at 1:55
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