Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage

Edited by Grimm, Leomar Umpad, Eng

Hi, you're watching VisiHow. Today, we're going to show you how you can setup and manage data usage on your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone or any Android phone running on Kitkat.

Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas8 439631.jpg


  1. 1
    To start with, press the Power button on the right hand side
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas16 485866.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  2. 2
    Then swipe through your pattern or any type of lock screen that you may have setup
    That will take you to the Home screen.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas17 845784.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  3. 3
    Alternatively, you can just start off on your device
    While you are on another window, press on the Home button one time. That will take you back to your Home screen.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas28 862644.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  4. 4
    You will find that at the bottom of your Home screen, there is a series of icons
    The Apps icon is the one you want to touch. You can also swipe down for the Notifications Panel and tap on Settings but for our purposes we're going to tap on Apps.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas36 614424.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  5. 5
    Once you tap on Apps, you can then go to your Settings button which is here - it's a gear shaped icon
    You may have to swipe to get through it, but that's fine. Settings is here.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas48 942065.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  6. 6
    We are now on Settings
    Our Data Usage is the fourth icon on our list. I'm going to simply tap on Data Usage.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas61 662238.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  7. 7
    That's going to show us the Data Usage as per our SIM cards and, additionally, our WiFi should we choose to set that up
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas70 756707.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  8. 8
    You can see here that we have the option for data roaming, restrict background data, auto sync data, storage WiFi usage and Mobile Hotspots
    We'll explain each of those in just a minute.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas73 571838.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  9. 9
    We also have mobile data, set mobile data limit and our data cycle which we can adjust by dragging the little line around
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas91 745534.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  10. 10
    Let's get started
    Here we have SIM 1 and SIM2. We'll use SIM 2 because it has more data. To access your SIM, you just tap it. If you are using a regular Galaxy S5 and not a Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos or Duos Mini, as in my case, you will not have the option for 2 SIM. However you will start with 1.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas104 148748.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  11. 11
    So we have Mobile data, which is our main box
    We can uncheck that by tapping. This will tell us that unless we connect to a WiFi network, we will not be able to use the internet. This simply turns off our access to that. Tapping that means nothing - unless we're connected to WiFi. I'm going to turn on mobile data because I will use mobile data. However, if you want to make sure that you are not using mobile data, this is the way to do it.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas129 407347.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  12. 12
    If you do choose to use mobile data, then you can set a limit to it
    I can set a Mobile data limit by tapping on the button.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas152 079578.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  13. 13
    Now, I'll get a message that I'm going to limit my data usage and my mobile data connection will be turned off when the specified data is reach
    What that means is that if I set my limit to 1 GB, as soon as I've reached 1 GB of mobile data usage, mobile data will be shut off on the spot. Simply tap OK.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas169 090643.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  14. 14
    Now, I can use these bars to set my limits
    That will let me set the limit at which point my phone will shut off.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas178 950141.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  15. 15
    Next, we can tap on these 3 dots here for additional details
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas188 936686.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  16. 16
    I can now Auto sync data; I can show WiFi usage by tapping that
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas196 632209.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  17. 17
    Now I can tap on WiFi and I can see how much WiFi data have been used
    I can also see what's been using that data.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas206 392138.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  18. 18
    I can go back to SIM 2 and do the same thing
    I can see that Facebook, Messenger, Skype, Google, Twitter, Android, Internet, Viber, Google Play, Gmail - these are all things that use most of my information. Majority of them are for work.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas224 022978.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  19. 19
    We can, now, tap the 3 dots again and we can go to Restrict background data
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas236 402393.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  20. 20
    This will simply stop background data on a lot of our apps and services unless we're connected to WiFi
    If you want to keep your internet data active, your data roaming, and use that mobile data, that's fine but this will stop some of the stuff that just constantly eats that information into the background. We did a tutorial on Tinder recently - the Tinder dating application. That's a heavy used application. It uses a large amount of background data. I'm going to tap on OK to restrict my background data. It takes a moment to get everything setup.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas273 702393.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  21. 21
    Once that's restricted
    We will go back to this menu. We will tap on that menu again.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas293 123081.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  22. 22
    This time, we are going to, also, tap on Data roaming
    This let me have data roaming as I'm travelling around.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas296 218584.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  23. 23
    Now, we got everything setup
    I want to get to just a little bit more as I turn things off again. To start with, I'm going to remove my mobile data limit - I don't like having a mobile data limit. I use it as I need it for work. Tap on Mobile data. As we discussed, this is the one that will turn on and turn off our mobile data. In this case we will turn off mobile data but as a general rule, I use this one so we can leave it on by tapping again.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas322 203209.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  24. 24
    Now, we can tap on these 3 dots here and choose Restrict background data
    I don't actually want my background data restricted. I don't usually keep anything running that is using that much background data and when I do see things doing that, I turn them off. You can see my tutorial on how to use the Recent Applications to see that, check your data and turn off things like that.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas362 686211.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  25. 25
    Now, I'll tap on the menu again, then Show WiFi usage - I don't really need that
    Data roaming - I don't roam so it's not an issue. Auto-sync data - I do like that. Let's tap it so you can see what it says here.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas369 026951.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  26. 26
    When you cast auto-sync, any of your data, updates, any of your background information, anything that involves synchronizing your current action or something else - when you turn that off, it means that when you are not on a WiFi network, your phone is not going to update your information
    That's not really a big problem as long as you are relatively moving back and forth between WiFi networks. However, if you're not moving back and forth between WiFi networks, then this creates an issue where you may go 4, 5 or 6 hours without synchronizing data. Depending on your personal needs, you may want it on or off. I need to be online for work fairly often so I do keep this on.
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas442 928151.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  27. 27
    That's how you manage your data usage on the phone
    There's the Data usage icon here. Hopefully this tutorial has been helpful. If you have questions or need additional information about this. Just let us know and we'll take care of it for you. Thank you and have a great day!
    Stop galaxy s5 data usage.mp4~canvas464 318214.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Video: Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage

Referencing this Article

If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:

APA (American Psychological Association)
Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage. (2016). In VisiHow. Retrieved Apr 26, 2017, from

MLA (Modern Language Association) "Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage." VisiHow, Accessed 26 Apr 2017.

Chicago / Turabian "Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage." Accessed Apr 26, 2017.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Ask the author

Featured Author
811 Articles Started
3,555 Article Edits
154,425 Points
Grimm is a featured author with VisiHow. Grimm has achieved the level of "Colonel" with 154,425 points. Grimm has started 811 articles (including this one) and has also made 3,555 article edits. 2,560,000 people have read Grimm's article contributions.
Grimm's Message Board
Grimm: Hi, my name is Grimm.
Grimm: Can I help you with your problem about "Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage"?

Article Info

Categories : All About Samsung Galaxy S5

Recent edits by: Leomar Umpad, Grimm

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 611 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No