I recently wrote this post explaining how to disable cellular data on your iPhone in order to avoid going over your monthly data limit.
In a nutshell, turning off cellular data prevents your phone from sending Internet data to and receiving Internet data from a cell tower when there’s no Wi-Fi signal available or if the available Wi-Fi network is weak.
Several folks wrote in to ask me if Android users can disable cellular data on their phones as well.
The answer is yes, and it’s actually quite easy to do. All it takes is a few quick taps. Here’s how:
Note: The settings menus on Android devices vary from brand to brand and model to model. Therefore you should use the procedure below as a general guide.
1 – Tap your phone’s Settings icon (it looks like a “gear“).
2 – Tap Network & Internet.
3 – Tap Mobile network.
4 – Toggle the “Mobile data” setting to Off (the slider should turn gray).
That’s all there is to it. As long as the “Mobile data” setting is turned off your phone will only attempt to access the Internet via Wi-Fi.
If there’s no usable Wi-Fi network available your phone won’t have Internet access at all until you either find a Wi-Fi network to connect to or you re-enable cellular data.