Turning Off Mobile Data on Android OS Version 2.3 +

atrix 2

We do not have unlimited data.

My two year smartphone contract with AT&T recently passed on my old Android HTC phone, so Lori and I went to Best Buy to get a new smartphone.

What I got was an amazingly great phone from Motorola.

An Atrix 2 running Android 2.3.6 (after it upgraded on me).  I LOVE IT!!!!   BUT…..the data usage was through the roof!  In only a few days, I had racked up 30 Meg of data usage….shit.  And I could not figure out how to turn mobile data off…..arrrrghhh (the old version of the Android OS was easy…..but, this new version sucks (I think this is on purpose so carriers can make money).

Well, here is what I found out after days of searching, trying, and almost getting to the point of getting an iPhone…..God forbid.

Old Android Phone

First, the old version of Android was easy to turn OFF mobile data.

Long hold the power button and you saw this screen:

Just hit the “Mobile Network” screen option to turn it OFF.  Now the only time you used data is when you were at a WiFi site.

The NEW Android Versions (2.3 and above?)

I had a hard time finding this.

My Google searches were useless (dealing mostly with battery life which I don’t give a rat’s ass about), and not really getting to the point, which is:  I need to turn OFF mobile data on a new Android OS phone.

Anyway… is how you turn off “mobile data” with these new fangled Android phones.  Mine happens to be Android 2.3.6 running on my really cool Motorola Atrix 2 smartphone.  Yes..I looooove my Atrix 2….it is AWESOME!!! (Did I say that already?)  🙂

Go into your “Settings” menu and you see something like this:

Why battery and data management are in the same menu option is beyond me….but, hey software people have minds of their own….:-)

Click on the “Battery & data manager” option and you will see:

Data Delivery Options….click on that and you will see….

Data is enabled with it checked as a default…..not good.

Un-check that and save money.

NOW you will not be using data unless you are near a WiFi…..which is free.


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