In order to save battery (it works a lot!), 99% of the time I disable packet data and I use only 2G networks, because I don't want the phone to go on internet / use data.

But sometimes I want to use internet, so I have to do :

  • 1) Enable Settings > Wireless and networks > Mobile networks > Use packet data
  • 2) Disable Settings > Wireless and networks > Mobile networks > Use only 2G networks

... and then to do it in the opposite way when the internet session is over. This is quite long...

My question is:

How to set a shortcut on desktop that does 1) + 2) in just one single click ? (Android 2.3.6)

PS : here is what my notification bar looks like :

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You can add widgets to your home screen if your phone supports. You can also try widgets from play store like

2g-3g switch

Data on or off


On most devices shipping with ICS and up, you can simply open the notification area, and tap the corresponding quick-setting:

quick settings
Quick settings in the notification bar (click image for larger variant)

Make your pick. Hint: A2 :)

PS: Not sure how far this is customizable on which Android version. Even items available might depend on the device used. So I'm not sure your device has a 2G/3G toggle in here, but you might check.

  • Thanks for this idea. Unfortunately my notification bar doesn't look like this. I added a picture of it in my question (see at the end of the question). Can I add buttons to this bar (for Mobile data), like on your screenshot ?
    – Basj
    Jul 21 '14 at 17:35
  • I don't think there's a general "yes" or "no" to that question. You might wish to include your device and Android version with your question to shed some light, so you get better fitting answers – as that very much depends on that (plus on things like "Custom ROM" or specific UIs like Touchwiz, Sense, etc. being used ;)
    – Izzy
    Jul 21 '14 at 17:44
  • I have a Samsung Y (S5230) with factory Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 (including TouchWiz by default?)
    – Basj
    Jul 21 '14 at 19:41
  • I think so, yes (cannot check as I don't have such ;). And please add these details to your question so they don't get lost :)
    – Izzy
    Jul 21 '14 at 19:43

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