Can I prevent automatic update(system and app updates) downloads on Android ICS in order to reduce the bandwidth usage while using volume based internet data packages?
To prevent app updates over your data plan, go to the Google Play app > Settings > Auto-update apps > Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.
To prevent system updates over your data plan, go to your phone's Settings > Connections > Data usage > select Google Play Services from the list of apps > check "Restrict background data".
By doing both of these, you will still be able to get app and system updates over wifi (when connected) and you will save a lot on your volume based internet data packages.
There's two ways to deal with this:
- Try Droidwall to block outgoing connections on 3G data, in that way, if in the vicinity of the wifi network, Droidwall will allow data over Wifi.
- The other way is to go into Settings > More... Tap on that, Mobile Networks > uncheck Data enabled to prevent 3G data in and out.
Only caveat emptor with Droidwall, it requires rooted handset.