21 September 2013

Prevent Applications Access the Internet Automatically on Android Devices

If you use an Android device such as a phone or tablet, you may face the problem that some applications access the Internet in the background without your consent or permission. This sort of unauthorized access can cause slowing down your Android performance and consuming your Internet bandwidth. One way to solve this problem is to use third party utility programs to manage and configure all your installed applications on your device. But even though these kind of applications have their own limitations and cannot solve the problem as some certain Android programs still would using your Internet connection bandwidth on the background and creates unnecessary data usage. Fortunately the Android OS has provided a new feature to restrict background data usage. This feature is available in the Android 4 and above version and can be set through your device settings. When you restrict an application, it cannot access the Internet in the background unless you execute the application. To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1

From your Android device, go to the Menu and then System settings. On the Settings page, select the Data usage option.

Step 2

On the Data usage section, under the Set mobile data limit, you will see a list of applications that recently have used the Internet and the amount of their usage. Choose the application that you want to prevent it from accessing the Internet in the background. 

Step 3

The next page will show you detailed information about the application data usage and its amount. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and then select "Restrict background data" option. 

Step 4

A pop up message will appear, asking you to confirm the restriction. Hit the OK button and the Android device disables background data usage and prevents the application access the Internet without your permission. The only times that it can access the Internet is when you execute and run the program.