Most of the Android games these days require you to stay connected to the internet so that they can sync with their servers in real time. This assures that all your progress and achievements stay backed up in the cloud. If you are at home you can be on WiFi and worry about nothing. Even if you are on your cellular data, the games do not use too much. However, if you are on limited data package of only several hundred MBs or a GB, using cellular data for gaming can eat up a significant amount if used for a long time. If you are playing on a weak WiFi connection, your device may automatically switch to cellular data and you might not even know it. This article focuses on limiting the games to just the WiFi data and not touch the cellular data at all. Here’s how to block Android games from using mobile data.
How to block Android games from using mobile data
No Root Data Firewall is the app we will be using. It is a simple app that does what it claims and nothing more. All that this app does is block games’ access to mobile data. You can download it for free from the Google Play Store. This firewall app work on devices with Android versions 4.0 or higher and does not require root access to work.
When you first open the app, you will need to grant the permission to create a VPN connection. This will act as a mock connection for monitoring the internet usage on your device. Then you will be presented with a list of all the installed apps on your device with mobile data or WiFi icon. To block all the game from using mobile data, look for them in the list and tap the mobile data icon nest to them. You will be given a few options where you need to select Restrict Data. This is all you need to do.
There are a few other features in the app. you can choose to block only the background data for an app to minimize data usage or not grant internet access at all. If you choose to block internet connection of an app, you will get a notification if the app is trying to access the internet. You can create Profiles to quickly change the rules. The app will also provide you with a detailed graphical stats of apps using the internet.
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