How to Restrict WiFi Networks on Android
We have talked a lot about how to manage mobile data on Android, but what if your home Internet/WiFi has a data limit too? That can be an issue, especially if your phone starts chewing through your limit with background tasks. The good news is that, there is an easy way to restrict WiFi networks on Android Device, to treat specific Wi-Fi networks as if they were cellular networks.
How to Restrict WiFi Networks on Android Nougat
If you’re running the latest version of Android OS on your handset, things are pretty simple. The said process may look a little bit different depending on your specific device’s manufacturer, but should be mostly similar.
First, go to the Settings menu. You can go here by pulling down the notification bar and tapping the cog icon.
Then >> tap on the Data Usage option.
Right at the bottom, you’ll see a section labeled “Wi-Fi”. Here you can see how much data has been consumed on Wi-Fi with the “Wi-Fi data usage” button below. Tap the “network restrictions” button (it may be labeled a lil different depending on your manufacturer).
You will also see a list of Wi-Fi networks. Just slide the toggle for networks for which you’d like to restrict data.
How to Restrict WiFi Data on Lollipop and Marshmallow
If you’re using a Android device with Android 6.x Marshmallow or 5.x Lollipop, handling metered Wi-Fi networks will be slightly different, but very easy. Just start by pulling down the notification bar and tapping on the Settings cog icon. On some devices/phones, you may need to pull down twice.
From there, tap into the Data Usage menu.
That will show your mobile data usage by default. Tap on the menu button in the top right corner >> it reads “More” on some Samsung devices, but it’s a three-button overflow menu on stock Android.
Tap on the “Restrict Networks” button. Note that the verbiage may slightly different here, on stock Android that reads “Networks restrictions,” for example.
This shows a list of all the Wi-Fi networks the device has ever connected to. Use the toggle switches to enable/diable restrictions on any given network. Once they are activated, it will prevent apps from using background data on that network. You will get warnings before any large downloads.
Now You: Do you have another tip? Feel free to share it in the comment section below.
Latest posts by Pavan Yerla (see all)
- How to clear a default app settings on Android - March 8, 2017
- How to Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed Easily - March 3, 2017
- How to Start Any Browser Always in Private Browsing Mode - February 27, 2017