How to set internet data limit on Android phones and Tablets

By Saransh Kataria | Updated 29 May 2014
How to set internet data limit on Android phones and Tablets
  • Android has a habit of running services in the background which can consume a lot of data. If you are on a limited data pack, here's what you can do so as not to cross your allotted usage.

Big internet bills can be a pain, especially when it comes to Android (which has tons of applications that keep using web services in the background). You cannot stop these applications from doing so unless you don't uninstall them completely. But the good thing about Android is that you can set monthly limits to your data usage to avoid crossing your mobile data usage. And hence you can save money!

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Once enabled, you will get a warning when you are near your limit. And once you reach the limit, cellular data is completely turned off. Wi-Fi is not affected and if you want you can re adjust the limits according to your will.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to the settings menu by selecting the settings icon from your applications.

  • Select the “Data Usage” tab from the screen. You’ll first have to enable mobile data to set limits since you are going to set limits on mobile data only. As soon as you do so, you’ll see a screen like this:

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  • Two markers show up on the graph below. The red line shows the limit after which all your data activities will be turned off. The orange line gives you a warning when cellular data is about to reach that limit but won't turn the data off. Next you need to check the box next to Set Data Limit to set the two limits on your screen.
  • It will ask you to confirm the settings and once you respond as 'OK', the OS will set these two limits.

Note: Your mobile operator might think you’ve spent more data than might be shown by the device, so set your limit accordingly.

And you can close settings now and congratulations! You just saved yourself the pain of huge bills or running out of internet data when you really need it.

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