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How to Save Data and Improve Battery Life on Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

Managing data usage efficiently on your phone can be a real challenge with hundreds of apps constantly consuming precious mobile data or Wi-Fi connectivity in the background. However, if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, there are ways to turn off mobile data or Wi-Fi access for certain apps, helping you save data and improve battery life. In this article, we will explore different methods to apply mobile data or Wi-Fi restrictions for apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Turn Off Mobile Data or Wi-Fi Access for Specific Apps From Settings Menu

Unlike stock Android, One UI allows users to control network access for apps on a per-app basis. You can use these options to disable mobile data or Wi-Fi access for certain apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app, tap on Connections, and select Data usage from the following menu.

Data Usage on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. Tap on Allowed networks for apps.

Network Usage for Apps on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. Scroll through the list to locate the app for which you want to modify network access. Tap on it and select one of the following options: Wi-Fi only and Mobile data only.

Disable Mobile Data or Wi-Fi for Specific App on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. Repeat the previous steps for more apps if desired.

And that’s it! Your apps will now only have access to mobile data or Wi-Fi on your Samsung Galaxy phone as you have specified.

Turn Off Background Mobile Data Access for Specific Apps

If you don’t want to completely block an app’s mobile data access, One UI also gives you the option to disable background data usage for it. This means that the app will only be able to use data when it is open in the foreground. This can be helpful for apps that you don’t use often or for apps that you don’t want to use data in the background.

To turn off background mobile data usage for specific apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone:

  1. Open the Settings app and scroll down to tap on Apps.

  2. Scroll through the list to locate the app for which you want to disable background data access.

  3. Tap on Mobile data and turn off the toggle next to Allow background data usage.

Disable Background Mobile Data for Specific App on Samsung Galaxy Phone

Similarly, you can disable background data access for other apps as well.

Turn Off Mobile Data or Wi-Fi Access for Specific Apps Using NetGuard App

While the native options make it easy to disable mobile data or Wi-Fi access for specific apps, you can use a third-party app like NetGuard for more control. This app has several useful features, such as the ability to allow data usage only when the screen is on, block data usage when roaming, and notify you when an app accesses the internet.

The NetGuard app does not require root access to operate, and it can be used to disable mobile data or Wi-Fi access for apps on any Android phone. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install the NetGuard app on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

  2. Open the NetGuard app and find the app for which you want to disable Wi-Fi or mobile data access. Tap the Wi-Fi or mobile data icon next to the app’s name. A slash icon will appear, indicating that the app’s access has been disabled.

Disable Mobile Data or Wi-Fi for Specific App Using NetGuard on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. Optionally, you can use the checkboxes under Conditions to block data access while roaming, allow Wi-Fi access while the screen is on, and more.

Conditions on NetGuard on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. Tap the toggle in the top left corner to apply the set restrictions and hit OK.

Enable NetGuard on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. Tap OK again. To work seamlessly, NetGuard will ask for your permission to disable battery optimization. Tap OK to allow it.

Confirm Enable NetGuard on Samsung Galaxy Phone

  1. On the “Optimize battery usage” screen, select All from the drop-down menu. Locate NetGuard on the list and disable the toggle next to it.

Disable Battery Restriction for NetGuard App

Note: NetGuard uses a local VPN to filter internet access, so you will see a key icon on the status bar at the top while NetGuard is active.

Once you complete the above steps, NetGuard will restrict Wi-Fi or mobile data access for the specified apps. To remove the restriction, simply open the NetGuard app and turn off the toggle at the top.

Data Savings Made Easy

When you have a limited Wi-Fi plan or are using expensive data, it becomes important to control which apps are allowed to use it. Instead of enabling data saver mode, which can lead to missed notifications and reduced app functionality, it’s better to turn off mobile data or Wi-Fi access for specific apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone. By following the methods mentioned in this article, you can save data and improve battery life while still enjoying the functionality of your favorite apps.