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I have disabled my background mobile data. I want the setting this way, but as a result of doing so there is an annoying warning that I have background data disabled on the system tray that prompts me to press and enable background data.

How do I remove the warning?

Running ICS on two device that show the warning.

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Most of the apps don't respect that setting. – Richard Borcsik Jul 17 '12 at 6:28
Even more annoying: Most of the apps which do not respect this setting come from Google... And the corresponding API reference for developers just states, the app "should" respect it -- not must respect it, as one would think... – Izzy Aug 10 '12 at 12:18
Someone removed my edit: I added that this also occurs on Lollipop 5.0.2. – user29020 Jan 27 at 19:27

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Touch the notification and it will go away. Of course, this will re-enable background data.

The thing here is, it's meant to be annoying. Many of your apps use background data in order to sync themselves or receive updates, notifications or whatever from the network, and without it, they can't do that.

If apps do background data correctly then this can actually save you battery, as well as make the apps appear more responsive when you actually do open them up to see what they have to tell you. Unfortunately some apps don't, which is probably why you decided you wanted it disabled in the first place.

You have a few options. In order from easiest to hardest:

  • You can live with the notification.
  • You can remove the offending apps and replace them with less offensive apps.
  • You can hack the Android source code to do what you want.
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Came across this XDA Forum post when searching for the exact same issue. True, it sounds like a bit of a hack; but it's worth a shot :)

[Q] How to use "Restrict background data" WITHOUT notification ?

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Welcome to Android Enthusiasts! Thank you for your contribution, but we don't really encourage "link-only answer". Instead, it'd be better if you could quote the relevant part and add it to your post. Thank you :) – Andrew T. Dec 26 '14 at 8:39

For Android 4.4 and below, this can be done via the Xposed Framework if your phone is rooted (warning: at the moment this will set your phone to use the Dalvik runtime if you're currently using ART):

  1. Download the Xposed Installer apk file (click the link to the right of Download)

  2. Download the RemoveRestrictedNotification module

  3. Open the Xposed Installer app → Modules → check RemoveRestrictedNotification → back → FrameworkInstall/UpdateOK (this will reboot the phone)

Support for Android 5.0 and up is in the works:
[OFFICIAL] Xposed for Lollipop

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