Questions tagged [mobile-data]

"Mobile data" refers to data transferred via your mobile connection (2G/3G/4G) as opposed to WiFi. It may also refer to the capability of using a mobile data connection.

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How can I change the data usage cycle for Mobile data?

The mobile data cycle (Settings -> Data usage) looks quite arbitrary. Since I have changed my data plan, now the new cycle should start at the first day of the month instead of the 6th. How can I ...
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How does “Restrict background data” work?

In "Settings"->"Data Usage" there is a "Restrict background data" checkbox. How does it work, exactly? What does "background" mean here? And is this setting enforced by the OS, or is it a hint that ...
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Change DNS for mobile data without using an app

(My phone is rooted and runs Android 5.1) How can one change the DNS addresses of mobile data (and persistently, if possible) without the requirement of an app?
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How do I enable Mobile Data only for select apps on a rooted phone?

Unfortunately my carrier charges €0.10 per MB of data -- and I've found out the hard way that Android is a data hog. As a result I keep my mobile data almost exclusively off. Is there a way, perhaps ...
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How do I connect Android devices to a WiFi AP and mobile data network simultaneously?

When I turn WiFi on, my 3G connection shuts down, which is fine in most cases. However, I need to connect to a LAN at work that is not connected to the internet and I'd prefer not to lose my data ...
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Is it possible to force an app to use cellular data instead of WiFi?

Our local office provides free public WiFi for phones and tablets, but blocks access in ways that means that some applications (like WhatsApp) are unable to connect. Is there any way to configure ...
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Restart data connection when stalled?

Occasionally the data connection of my mobile will stall, i.e. it still looks like it does have a data connection (either "H" or "G"), but no server can be contacted. (In particular, my ROM being a ...
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How can I disable mobile data completely?

I have a pre-paid plan and don't want to use my mobile data except for two days in the year. However, since there's the quick option button mobile data, I fear I might press the wrong button when I'm ...
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4G mobile data being used even when mobile data setting is off?

I have a Motorola Moto G, the 4G version, with the original ROM upgraded to the latest version (4.4.4 official from Motorola). The first thing I did when I got it was the same I have done when I got ...
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Mobile data on but not working

I have a Galaxy SIII (Android 4.3) phone on the Vodafone network (UK). I was using WiFi when available and mobile data occasionally. It all worked fine. When on mobile data, I would see an icon on the ...
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Google apps losing connection to the servers when on mobile data

I'm struggling with a weird connection problem I have with Google Maps 6.14.1 (#6140011) on the Galaxy Nexus (running Android 4.1.2/CM10). The problem comes with the following symptoms when on mobile ...
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Do Android phones require a data connection to work?

I'm looking at buying a new phone, the oneplus one specifically(pre-orders open again November 17) and my current phone plan I do not have data, just calling and texting, and I was wondering if the ...
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Does the IP address over a mobile data connection (gprs, 3g/4g) change every time on new connection?

Is the IP address of a data connection assigned every time whenever a fresh connection is established (e.g after a disconnect-reconnect scenario, reboot etc) or its preserved. I have done a bit of ...
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How to prevent specific apps from using mobile data?

So there are some mobile apps that love to use lots of mobile data, and sometimes use it when the wifi signal isn't good (e.g. Spotify). Which then leads to a nasty surprising spike in data usage ...
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Force browser to use only mobile data regardless of WiFi is connected?

Is it possible to force any Android internet browser to use only mobile data regardless of whether WiFi is connected or not? My situation: I have a tablet with Android 5.0.1 and mobile data enabled. ...
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How do I automate disabling mobile data on lollipop?

I have recently changed my Moto G LTE (XT1039) from android 4.x to 5.1. After the update I have found that Llama - Location Profiles's Toggle mobile data - mobile data off Action fails to disable my ...
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How can I diagnose what is using my 3g connection in small packets

My GSM carrier rounds all used data up to 100KB. Which means that if some app is sending/receiving 500 bytes, I get charged for 100KB. Lately I observed that I go through several hundred megabytes ...
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Mobile Data only working when used as hotspot

I recently bought a HTC One. Everything worked fine including mobile-data and Wifi. Until I once used my phone as Hotspot for my laptop. The whole time while using the hotspot I had working internet ...
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Not receiving WhatsApp messages unless I open the app when on 3G (on WiFi there is no delay)

I have recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S4, Android version 4.4.2, and for some reason I only receive my WhatsApp messages when I open the app. This only happens when I am on 3G. When connected to a ...
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Cannot download anything from Google Play store via mobile data

I have an LG G2 with Android 4.4.2. All of a sudden I cannot download apps or updates on the Google Play store: no error messages, it just spins its wheels. On the Google Play Store, it just says "...
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wifi is getting turned off and mobile data is getting turned on automatically

I am facing a weird scenario in my android phone since 2-3 days. My wi-fi is automatically getting turned off and my mobile data pack is getting turned on. It has been cost effective 2-3 days. I ...
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Queue a Google Play app to download later on wifi to save mobile data?

Is there a method to queue a new app for installation from Google Play, so that it downloads later when the phone connects to WiFi? The point being to save mobile data.
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Preventing Android 7.0 Nougat from downloading updates over cellular data

I got a notification this morning on my Nexus 6p informing me that the Android 7.0 Nougat update was ready to download and install on my phone. The troubling thing about this was the following text: ...
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Why does Android OS data usage not count?

I have noticed that "Android OS" consumes a lot of data on my phone (LineageOS 14.1; Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300; rooted). However, this data seems not to count for the overall data usage. As you can ...
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Limit apps to only work if connected to WiFi

My son is exceeding his data limit by downloading files when off the WiFi. I do not want to turn off all mobile data as he still needs to access his email, etc, however, he does not need to be ...
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Android lollipop Nexus5 mobile network exclamation mark

I am using nexus5 and I have never had problems using mobile data network. Some days ago I updated to 5.0.1 and problems started occuring, exclamation mark on mobile network icon, internet stopped ...
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Disable all mobile data-consuming apps [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preventing mobile data use for select apps on non-rooted phone? I'm going overseas tomorrow, with a travel SIM that supports mobile data - but it will be a precious resource. ...
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How to switch(not only on or off) the mobile data and wifi using adb?

First main question: is it possible to switch(not only on or off) the state of the mobile data and wifi using adb? (for example for wifi: if you don't know the state of the wifi now. you send several ...
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Can Android devices connect to both WiFi and mobile data networks at the same time?

Can Android devices connect to both WiFi LAN (not necessarily connected to the Internet) and mobile data networks at the same time? Or when it connects to one, does it have to disconnect from the ...
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How to turn off mobile-data/3G for each SIM card separately in Samsung Galaxy Mega Duos?

I'm using Samsung Galaxy Mega Duos and use two SIM cards - one sim with very low charge for 3G connection (called SIM1) and the other with very-high fee (called SIM2). I go to Setting - Connections - ...
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How can I see which websites use up most of my foreground data?

Every month I use up most of my mobile data in Chrome. This is the foreground data, not background data, so the data saver settings don't do much. My plan is to avoid those websites that use up most ...
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Play Store updating over Mobile Data when it is not supposed to

Today I got a bit of a nasty surprise with my mobile data and I am not sure how to correct it. In my settings for the Play Store I have (and had for ages) download only on Wifi. This month something ...
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Is there a ways to set data speed limit in android?

Is there a way to set data speed limit on android device(Samsung Galaxy GTi9003,Gingerbread 2.3.6)? Note :this is different from data limit. I want to use 3G network 300MB/month plan which I think ...
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Lg G3 random reboots while it is connected to wifi or data connection

As soon as I toggle wifi or data , my LG G3 is getting restarted . I tried factory reset I tried different rom (everything lolipop 5.0) I restored to a working backup I had about 3 months before. The ...
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DNS blocking on mobile networks?

I'm using my HTC One phone on Sprint's network in NYC, and noticed that my phone cannot access Imgur. On Chrome, when using mobile data (3G/4G): http://i.imgur.com/TDvhBMA.jpg Fails to resolve "i....
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How to know the data consumption of android device within a very small date range

Background I watch my data consumption religiously, since the telcom operators in Lebanon charge an arm and a leg for every MB spent. The bundles cost ok, but when you exceed the bundle they charge ...
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How do I get my mobile data to work again, after the new Android 5.1 update?

I am having an issue with Mobile data no longer working. Mobile data WAS working the day after updating to Android 5.1 on my Nexus 5. But now (1 day later) it is not connecting to Mobile data. It just ...
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Automatically turn on/off data when downloading MMS

With my Galaxy S3, my girlfriend's Galaxy S4 and her mother's Galaxy Core, we cannot download MMS automatically. We have to turn on data before doing so. This problem is not happening with her sister'...
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Data usage slider missing in Android Lollipop

After upgrading my Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0, the sliding bar on the graph which allows you to show data usage for a prescribed date range is no longer there. For example, in the older Android I was ...
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3g network connection Problem while using data

For last two months or so, the situation in my two years old international HTC One X is that the data is not connecting when it is on 3g network but it is working absolutely fine with 2g network. when ...
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Turning off mobile data: method used to work but now doesn't

On my old phone I used to turn on mobile data when I wanted to check emails... but I would often forget to turn it off afterwards. To fix this problem I installed Macrodroid and programmed it to turn ...
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How can I disable unwanted data usage?

I would like to remove unnecessary data usage. I have wifi at home and at work and I would like Android to synchronize/update apps/... only on wifi. In fact, I don't want Android to do any background ...
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Disable calls and SMS and use only mobile data with active SIM card

I have a Sony Xperia Z1 packed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. I'm interested if it's possible to setup my phone to not receive any phone calls or SMS. I would like to use my Internet connection only, ...
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How to turn off data usage for all but specific App in android?

I want to disable the auto sync(i.e mobile data) for all of my App ,except whatsApp when I am in mobile data connection.So basically talking , when I am on mobile data I only want to use whatsApp to ...
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Android Packet data shortcut

I have a Samsung Galaxy Mini running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. In the previous version Froyo (2.2.1) when I held down power button I got in that menu a shortcut to enable packet data. In Gingerbread ...
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How can I enable mobile data periodically with Tasker?

I tried juicedefender and it does exactly what I want, but since I already have tasker running all the time I am looking for a tasker recipe. I would like the accomplish the following behaviour: ...
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Can I really tell where the tower is that I'm connected to?

I've been having some difficulty keeping a reliable connection at my house, so I installed the OpenSignal app to see what might be going on. According to its map, I live in a "hole" between several ...
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Moto G 2nd Generation - Mobile Data is not working after the upgrade to 5.0.2

MOTO G 2nd gen, Mobile data not working (India) post Android Upgrade to 5.0.2 from 4.4.4...any clue.. could be linked to improper upgrade and is there a way to restore ??
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Route Application through Mobile Data when on Wifi

While on Wifi, Whatsapp won't work on my Galaxy Note 2 due to my work proxy. I have found no proxying application that will work, yet. (My work is using an HTTP Proxy). Is there an application that ...
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How to get an overview of which app are allowed to background data for Android 7

A user can enable or disable background data usage by following the following steps: From the Home screen, tap the app slider, then open "Settings". Select "Data usage". Select "Cellular data usage". ...

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