Restrict Background Data by Application on HTC One M8
Edited by Thor, Rushell, Eng
Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this video, we are going to show you how to restrict background data for an individual application on an HTC One M8.
To begin, turn the phone on by pressing the Power button located on top of the phone.
Once the phone has been activated, we will see the Lock screen.
To unlock the phone, press down on the screen and hold down until the two lock icons appear at the bottom. Then swipe up.
Once the phone has been unlocked, we will see the Home screen, and at the bottom of the screen, we will see several icons. We need to find the Settings menu, and to do that, we need to swipe the Notification panel down.
To open the Notification panel, press down at the top of the screen, hold down, then swipe down.
Now, we can see that the Notification panel has appeared.
We are looking for the icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen. It is a white cog icon. This is our Settings icon.
Press down on this icon, and it will open our "Settings" menu.
As we can see, it says the word "Settings" in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
Just beneath the word "Settings", it says the words "WIRELESS & NETWORKS" in the gray bar.
At the bottom of this section, there is an option that says "More". Below that, it says, "Data usage, HTC Mini +, NFC..." Next to these words is an icon with three gray circles in a row.
Press down on this section, and it will open up a menu of options.
The option we want is at the top. It's "Data usage", so press down on this section to open that menu. What we want to do in this video is demonstrate how to restrict background data for an individual application.
To do that, we can scroll down on the "Data usage" screen, and we'll see all of our applications listed.
It shows how much space they are using, as indicated by the green bars. The more green the bar is, the more space that is being used by the application.
For example, the "Google Play Store" is almost empty, and there is hardly any green color. This means it's using very little data.
In contrast, "Google Services" is using the most data because it has the most green color.
If we want to restrict background data for individual applications, so it is not using as much data, press down on one of the applications. For this demonstration, we will choose the "Maps" application. It says the word "Maps" and has the Map icon.
The next screen will show us the individual data usage for that individual application.
We have "Maps", and at the bottom of the screen we have the option to "Restrict background data". More details below that read "Disable background data on mobile data network only. WiFi will be used if available."
If we press down on the square on the right side of the screen on this option, it will put a check in the box. It will also bring up a warning message that says, "Restrict background data? This feature may cause an app that depends on background data to stop working when WiFi isn't available. You can find more appropriate data usage controls in the settings available within the app."
Press down on "OK" to select this option. Now, this application may not work effectively, or it may not function properly when WiFi is not available. However, it will mean that it is not going to use as much data. That means it also won't cost as much money with roaming and other services. This is just a way to control each individual app and how much data it is using and, therefore, how much money it is going to cost when we're not using WiFi.
We can also turn the option off if we don't want to restrict background data anymore. Perhaps we found WiFi, or we're in a secure location. Press down on the box until the checkmark has disappeared to turn it off. We can follow the same process for every application.
If we press the back button, which is the white curved arrow at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, it takes us back to the "Data usage" menu.
The process is the same for every application, so press down on an application.
Then scroll down to the bottom, and it will have the same option.
This concludes our tutorial on how to restrict background data for an individual application on an HTC One M8. If you have any questions or comments about this video or about the process that you have seen in this video, then please leave them in the comment section below, and we shall answer them for you.
Video: Restrict Background Data by Application on HTC One M8
Recent edits by: Rushell, Thor