Stop Galaxy S5 Data Usage

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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.

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    To start with, press the Power button on the right hand side.
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    Then swipe through your pattern or any type of lock screen that you may have setup.
    That will take you to the Home screen.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    We are now on Settings.
    Our Data Usage is the fourth icon on our list. I'm going to simply tap on Data Usage.
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    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.
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    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.
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    We also have mobile data, set mobile data limit and our data cycle which we can adjust by dragging the little line around.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Next, we can tap on these 3 dots here for additional details.
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    I can now Auto sync data; I can show WiFi usage by tapping that.
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    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.
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    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.
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    We can, now, tap the 3 dots again and we can go to Restrict background data.
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    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.
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    Once that's restricted.
    We will go back to this menu. We will tap on that menu again.
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    This time, we are going to, also, tap on Data roaming.
    This let me have data roaming as I'm travelling around.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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