Ok so i have very little data, 100mb. And i want to use it when i need it. Like for maps etc.

But some apps keep downloading stuff such as new articles and all data gets eaten quickly without me using it. I'm about uninstall every app that does this if i don't find a solution.

This is what i want.

for auto/background apps Use internett only through wifi. and if i use internet first use wifi if available and then go to mobile data.

im glad there're no overhead charges, data just becomes unavailable after limit.

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/system/bin/iptables (usually built in) is the tool, but I prefer a graphical frontend for it such as AFWall+ which is available from the Play store or F-Droid. If you are going to be using TOR then OrWall should also work, but I haven't tried it.

These tools show one app per row & columns for the interfaces you wish to allow them to use & you just tick the boxes.

  • what.. im lost.. should i download afwall? Mar 13, 2015 at 17:13
  • yes, and use it to set up which apps get full access & which are restricted
    – Anni
    Mar 14, 2015 at 20:00

Use Background Data Restriction (settings>data usage>menu>[check] Background Restriction) while using data from SIM.

While using WiFi Disable it.


There is a setting for that, at least in CyanogenMod: settings app menu option

  • consider the remote chance that he's not using the same rom. Probably he's not using any rom at all
    – Leon
    Mar 13, 2015 at 14:57
  • I think that this option is available on all ROMs, even stock ones. Mar 13, 2015 at 15:00
  • i flashed my android phone to use remix mod or something. It's awesome. It has option to set data limits, However, despite me setting limit to 80mb it still surpassed 100mb somehow. So this is why i want to completely disable auto use of data over mobile network. Mar 13, 2015 at 15:09
  • There is an option for that! Check the overflow menu for such setting! Mar 13, 2015 at 15:11
  • i dont have overflow menu...also this is all in russian i think, so i dont have much clue beside that diagram with line it. That looked similar to mine. except is in dark theme. Mar 13, 2015 at 16:12

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