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Is it possible to restrict app from accessing the internet at the background without the end-user knowledge. (Assume the phone is not rooted)

In other word, are there apps that can inform the end-user that some apps is trying to access the internet at the background?

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I think you'd require root for this sort of functionality. If you have ICS and later on your device, you can check the data usage and identify apps. Go to SETTINGS > DATA USAGE.

A list of apps and the data that they've consumed should be displayed there. That will allow you to see which apps have accessed the mobile data connection.

Screenshots here - http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/22583/android-ics-control-limit-data-usage/

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Strange, I could not find the Data Usage. Am I missing something? –  Jack Oct 30 '12 at 4:50
    
What device and OS version are you using?? –  Sparx Oct 30 '12 at 5:42
    
Using Samsung Galaxy Y and OS is Froyo –  Jack Oct 30 '12 at 7:22
    
Data usage is a new feature of ICS, therefore you won't find it. –  Robert Oct 30 '12 at 9:18
    
I had written that in the answer - "If you have ICS and later..." –  Sparx Oct 30 '12 at 10:37
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