Most Android games these days are in real-time synced with their servers, requiring you to be connected to the internet at all times. You have nothing to be concerned about when connected to Wi-Fi. The ISPs on wireless provide plenty of data, which is more than enough to play the game. However, if you switch from Wi-Fi to cellular data, which is limited to a few MBs or a GB, things change dramatically. These games use a significant amount of bandwidth, which can easily deplete data and, in turn, cost money if used indefinitely.
When it comes to Android games, the vast majority of them are played on full screens. Because of a poor or non-existent Wi-Fi link, the phone can automatically default to mobile data, and there is no way of knowing when this happens. This is especially difficult to detect while using full screen, and by the time you know it, it will be too late.
So today I’m going to talk about a simple Android firewall app that you can use to limit the games you play on your Android to only Wi-Fi data and permanently disable cellular data. Let’s take a look at it.
HOW TO BLOCK ANDROID GAMES ON CELLULAR DATA
We’ll use a firewall app for the job, but nothing too fancy because all we need to do is stop games from accessing the cellular network. So to keep things simple, download and install NoRoot Data Firewall from the Play Store on your Android device. The software is compatible with all Android devices running version 4.0 or higher, and it does not need root access, as the name implies.
You will be asked to grant permission to build a VPN link after the software has initialized. Don’t worry, it’ll just be a simulated link used to track your device’s internet usage. After that, you’ll see a list of all the applications on your account, along with the cellular and Wi-Fi icons. When an app tries to connect to the internet, you must tap on both icons and select Allow Connection, or you will be asked for confirmation.
To prevent games from using cellular data, locate them in the list and tap the cellular icon next to them. You’ll be given a few options from which to choose, one of which is Restrict Data.
That’s what there is to it! All games installed in the firewall settings will no longer run over cellular data and will only work over Wi-Fi from now on. You can minimize the program and it will continue to run in the background, but if you reboot your phone and don’t see the VPN icon in the status bar, you can manually start it up.
There are a lot of additional features in the app which makes it perfect for a standalone firewall app as well. Some of the features are:
- When an app is linked to Wi-Fi or 3G data, you can only block the app’s background data, reducing the device’s total data consumption.
- If you haven’t given all of your apps internet access by default, you’ll get a notification whenever one of them tries to connect to the internet.
- You can create various profiles, such as Roaming and Gaming profiles, which will allow you to quickly change the rules with a single tap.
- Set up a night mode for limited night data, which also helps to save battery.
Get comprehensive graphical app consumption statistics for both cellular and Wi-Fi info.
These are just a couple of the highlights, but there’s a lot more in the app. So make sure to give the app a try to block data for specific applications on cellular or Wi-Fi data and gain full control over your phone’s bandwidth. If you have any questions on how to get the right settings, please leave a comment and we’ll be happy to assist you.
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