How to tell your Android device you’re tethering from a portable hotspot and save data

Data caps are a real thing now and the concept of unlimited data is a thing of the past. While manufacturers have realised this and implemented settings that restrict downloads/streaming to WIFI, there still exists room for improvement.


Fortunately for Android users (at least ones on the newer versions) Google has added a setting where you can tell the device that the ‘WIFI’ connection you’re on is actually a portable hotspot, so it shouldn’t go crazy downloading Play Store updates or anything else that will consume copious amounts of data.

Goto Settings > Data usage > Options (the three dots on the top right) > Mobile hotspots. There you can check any WIFI connection and the phone will then be circumspect when pulling data through that connection.

I regularly tether from the LTE connection on my iPhone 5S and it is a relief knowing that my Nexus 5 suddenly won’t start downloading a 1 GB update to Asphalt 8 thinking its in a WIFI zone and thus saving me cellular data.

19 thoughts on “How to tell your Android device you’re tethering from a portable hotspot and save data”

  1. That was really helpful… Otherwise I had to restrict background data all the time… Thanks

  2. I read a lot of interesting content here.
    Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of time, there is an online tool that creates readable, SEO friendly posts in seconds, just type in google – laranitas
    free content source

  3. Hey there great website! Does running a blog such
    as this take a lot of work? I have absolutely no understanding of computer programming however I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have
    any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please
    share. I understand this is off subject however I just needed to
    ask. Kudos!

  4. Wifi is not secure, I had my banking information stolen when i was in starbucks one day. Since then I’ve been using arcvpn to secure all my connections.

  5. I am really loving the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any browser
    compatibility problems? A number of my blog
    readers have complained about my site not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.

    Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *