How to stop apps from using data

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Abraham Miller

If you're a victim of your apps constantly sucking off your mobile data in less time, there are few ways you can control when your apps use your mobile data. In the end, this would help you save a sizable amount of mobile data at the end of the month. Just follow our guide on how to stop apps from using data on Android.

While few have access to free WiFi and unlimited data plans, many rely solely on their limited mobile data plan, which can be very expensive. Though, your data usage could be determined by how long you use an app or what task you do on the apps, blocking apps from using your data will help you save a significant amount of data. Follow the steps below to do so.

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Restrict background data usage.

On Android, users are allowed to restrict background data usage without the need of any third-party app, meaning that you can block some apps from accessing the internet as soon as you leave them. These apps will work normally when you're using them but would be made to sleep after minimizing them. This feature is handy when it comes to blocking data-hungry apps or apps you don't use often. Follow the steps below about how to stop background data usage on your Android phone

  • First, open the Settings
  • Select Network & Internet, then click on Data Usage.
  • You would see an overview of data used in the past month, hit App data usage to view how much data is used by each app, in descending order.
  • Here, you can click on any app you wish to restrict background data usage for.
  • After clicking the app, toggle off Background data, and you're done.
  • Repeat that for every other app you wish to block. They won't use your data in the background anymore.

While you restrict background data usage for apps, it's worth mentioning that this feature would stop you from receiving notifications from the blocked app when you're not using it. Regarding this, it's not recommended to block your messaging or work apps from using background data.

Enable Data Saver

Alternatively, you can enable data Saved instead of restricting your apps from background data manually. When data saver is enabled, it does block all, but whitelisted, apps from using data in the background. This can be useful when you need to save your data for a while.

You can toggle Data Saver easily from your quick-setting panel, or head over to Settings > Network & internet > Data Usage > Data Saver, and turn it on. You can also whitelist apps on the same page. Just click on Unrestricted data and tick every app you want to access background data.

Use a third-party app of Phone Master.

The methods described above are Android's default, which helps stop apps from using data. But, what if you want to block the apps completely? That's where Phone Master comes in. Phone Master is fabulous on Infinix and TECNO smartphones. It offers remarkable system management tools such as Junk Cleaner, Phone Booster, App Lock, Storage & App manager, Data manager, etc. It also has a reliable feature to block your apps from using the internet when enabled. Here's how to do that.

  • First download/update the Phone Master app from the Play Store.
  • Launch the app and scroll to Data Manager.
  • Tap on the ellipses (3-dot) menu in the top-right corner.
  • Click on Block apps access to internet.
  • Mark all the apps you wish to block.