I have already read this and this but can't stop the automatic blackground update.

I currently use Samsung grand 2 dual (SM-G7102) android 4.3 and cellular mode.

I'm setting-->usage “Restrict Background data” but the android OS is still running the updates in the background.(see picture) help me please.

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I'm setting “Restrict Background data” in 24/08/2557 but On 25/08/2557, "Android OS" was still sending out to cellular.

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I'm allow Facebook, Line and Messager can use cellular but don't want the "Android OS" Update. The mobile is rooted

The "android os" was “Restrict Background data”. Help me please.

  • your 2nd screen shot is not clear from what you want. Could you please update your screen shot without the notification bar sliding down and add another screen shot for the options that are enabled in the shortcut bar.
    – user285oo6
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 5:44
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    Put Auto-Sync in Settings to off. Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 6:30
  • update picture and detail.
    – ohno
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 2:58
  • This appears to be a similar question to android.stackexchange.com/questions/58620/… Thanks for the hints from other answers. This is an indirect answer but while on mobile Internet I used Mobiwol firewall without rooting to block "Android OS" background data. It appears to work on Galaxy S5.
    – f01
    Commented Nov 15, 2014 at 18:37
  • @ohno Did you try under the Update>select update only via WiFi,Play Store>Update apps only via WiFi as checked
    – user285oo6
    Commented Dec 23, 2014 at 7:43

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This is due to Google Backup.Switch Google Backup off and your problem will be solved. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Photos app.
  2. From options goto Settings.
  3. Touch Auto Backup and switch the toggle On or Off.

You need to install a "Root Firewall" in your mobile by which you can control the Internet connectivity of all apps (including system apps). They also offer to block only Data connection and not wifi connection for a specific app.

The app I'm using is "AFWall+" (free).

Note: This type of apps only works on Rooted android phones. Here is the greate article about rooting in android. It is highly recommended for you to know everything about rooting before choosing this option.

If you have decided to go along with AFWall+ and you understand the risk of rooting your mobile device then visit this link to configure your AFwall+ for the first time use.

Further check this answer by @firelord for step by step configuration and screenshots of AFWall+.

If you need further help and have a question related to this answer please comment. I'll be happy to help you.

  • @Firelord thank you for your suggestion. I have edited my answer.
    – Saqib
    Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 11:03
  • +1 for the official FAQ among other things. In case somebody need screenshots, try my answer here.
    – Firelord
    Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 11:07

All other things are also helpful like disabling Auto Sync Background data, etc. Try doing this:

  • Go to Settings -> Apps -> All Apps.
  • Go to the last app Update Centre and then tap on it.
  • After opening it tap on Force close.

I think is is the probable cause of the background data usage by Android OS. And by doing this you may get rid of it.

Note: You need to remember that you will have to do this trick every time you restart the device. If you have a pending System Update, then its icon from the notification tray will disappear. This directly means that your device will no longer search for System Updates until you restart it.

In short, to stop OS using mobile data, force stop Update app.

  • Its not u but you. Please refrain from using the former.
    – Firelord
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 2:01

If you agree then try to use developer options. By using this option when you leave or minimize your app with home button or anything other, your app activity automatically stop. It shows only activity view on task manager but displays activity as not working.

Go to settings -> find Developer option. Tap seven time on developer option and new Developer window will open. Now find "Do not keep activity". If it is not marked, then mark it. By default it will be not marked. Now try to open any app activity and minimize. Then try to restart activity from recent task and see magic. It will not start. It means it stoped.When you want to disable this from working then simple switch off your developer option.


Go to Settings → Data usage → click on the 3 vertical boxes in right top corner → tick the Restrict background data → then remove the tick in Auto sync data.

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