How to turn off cellular data on an Android device in 3 ways and avoid hitting your data limit

How to turn off cellular data on an Android device in 3 ways and avoid hitting your data limit
Turning off cellular data can be helpful when you're traveling and want to prevent extra fees.South_agency/Getty Images
  • You can turn off cellular data on an Android device to avoid hitting your data cap.
  • You can swipe down from the top of the screen and disable cellular data with a single tap.
  • If you prefer, you can disable data for specific apps, such as streaming video apps that use a lot of data.

Thanks to the ubiquity of Wi-Fi at home, in the office, and a lot of public places in between, you may not need to rely on cellular data consistently. But if there's no Wi-Fi network available where you are, you can use a lot of data from your cellular plan fast — especially if you are streaming video.

If you need to make sure you don't run out of your monthly allotment of data from your cellular provider, there are several ways to control your usage. Your Android phone gives you a single button to disable data, for example. You can also turn on airplane mode. Or, for more granular control, you can disable data for specific apps.

How to turn off cellular data on Android

The fastest way to disable cellular data on most Android phones is by using the data setting in the phone's control panel.
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1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the phone's control panel. Swipe down again to see more of the quick-access buttons.

2. Tap "Mobile data."

How to turn off cellular data on an Android device in 3 ways and avoid hitting your data limit
Tap the mobile data icon to turn off data quickly.Dave Johnson/Business Insider
Your phone will no longer use mobile data until you turn this feature back on.
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How to turn off cellular data on Android using airplane mode

This does essentially the same thing as toggling the mobile data quick-access button, but it also turns off voice calls and Wi-Fi (and possibly, depending on the phone, Bluetooth).

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the phone's control panel. Swipe down again to see more of the quick-access buttons. 2. Tap "Airplane mode." The icon should be in the shape of an airplane.
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How to turn off cellular data on an Android device in 3 ways and avoid hitting your data limit
Airplane mode disables mobile data, but also voice calls, Wi-Fi, and possibly other radios as well.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Like turning off mobile data, you won't be able to use any cellular data while airplane mode is enabled.

How to turn off cellular data on Android for specific apps

Depending on your model and version of the Android OS, the specific settings' names might be slightly different.

1. Start the Settings app.
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2. Tap "Wireless & networks" and then tap "Data usage."

3. Tap "Network access."

4. In the list of apps, clear the checkbox for any apps you don't want using cellular data.
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How to turn off cellular data on an Android device in 3 ways and avoid hitting your data limit
You can selectively disable data for specific apps on your phone.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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