For a smartphone data is a bare essential and the device will continue consuming it unless you strictly guide it not to do so. With 3G data being limited and expensive users are forced to turn off the data manually every time they put down the device or if they feel that the device will not be used for a long time. But there is a way you can tell your android not to unnecessarily consume data. This way the application or function you are currently accessing will be the one allowed to utilize data and the rest of the applications will be put on hold.
Please note: This service is not added by any application or utility or software. It is an function built into the operating system itself. So only Android devices running Android version 4.0 and above will be able to make use of this.
Access the home screen and locate the settings menu of your device. Now you can either use the application shortcut or can use the options key from the device to open up the short menu and select settings there.
Once the settings menu opens locate and enter the data usage tab. Now this is the part of the settings menu where settings related to device data usage are located. So please be careful.
Now again press the options key on your device; this will bring up a small options menu for data settings. From the given choices select Restrict background data usage.
Be wary of the fact that the device will automatically stop fetching tweets or updates for applications and will resort to manual mode wherein all applications will access the internet if they are told to do so. This can be useful if you have very limited data left to be consumed, and is not advised for those who constantly follow applications and updates on apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and so on.
The settings will prompt you to go ahead with a change in settings. Press ‘ok’ to proceed. Once done exit the settings and for best results, although it is not necessary, it is advisable to restart the device.