I know it's been asked here how to prevent applications from using data connections. But that is not my intent. I have a Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean 4.1.1 and I would like to restrict most of applications to use my data connection. But would allow some to use it.

For instance I would like to restrict Currents, Google+, Facebook, Maps and Google Now from using my data connection. But I would like GMail and Talk to use it.

How can I do this? And is it also possible to set sync frequency when wither on Wifi or Data connection?

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Go into Settings | Data usage. Then in the Mobile tab, you'll find a list of the applications that have recently used data.

Click on any of these applications and there will be a checkbox to restrict background data while the phone is using a mobile connection (as opposed to wifi).

I'm not aware of a way to control the sync frequency.

  • Thanks. I've seen that but was hesitant to check those checkboxes because it says that some apps may fail... I guess that's just a warning then that should be ignored most of the time then? Sep 6, 2012 at 23:38
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    I've only seen one application "fail" with an error like "cannot download new content". As far as I'm concerned, that's exactly what I want while I'm not on wifi :) Sep 13, 2012 at 3:36

Im also looking for a similar app. I will try Root Firewall.

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    BTW: Restrict background data works pretty well in my expereince. Some apps may still do some very very minor traffic but I find it negligible. Sep 19, 2013 at 5:51

To sync frequency go to Settings - under Applications - email - manage accounts - tap on the account you want to sync - sync settings - sync schedule - set sync schedule. This works on my Galaxy S5

  • This must be Samsung's customization because I can't seem to find settings you're referring to. May 17, 2016 at 8:39

NetGuard is an app that does what you're looking for. It allows you to selectively block everything/anything from data/wifi. It's also 100% free and open-source, so you don't have to worry about ads/malware.
The F-Droid version has significantly more features than the less-powerful Google Play variant.

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