[kwlug-disc] Android Users Help!

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sat Apr 7 01:17:08 EDT 2012

Turning off data means "mobile data", meaning data over the phone
network, yes, bytes.

You can do that by going to Settings, Wireless and Networks, Mobile
Networks, then clicking Data Enabled. Or use Quick Settings for faster
access (app needed).

For Wifi, there is a setting under Settings, Wireless and Netowrks,
Wifi Settings, Menu, Advanced, Wifi Sleep policy, then set to Never,
and it will use Wifi only and never go to Mobile data.

This is all built-in into Android, no app needed.

Whether it is Wifi or Mobile Data, apps usually don't care, it is just
internet access somehow for the app. The difference is billing  and
quota or not, and is per your relationship with the carrier.

On Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
> Interesting. Didn't know that. (Don't have Android, but keep getting asked
> about it.)
> So, references to 'data' have nothing to do with 'using data' (i.e. not just
> voice / call? Or rather, data does not mean using 'bytes', e.g. internet?)
> Assuming wi-fi is turned on (and available), and data turned off, internet
> browsing is still possible? 'Data' is really just turning a 'byte conduit'
> on when outside of wi-fi range (and uses the cellular data side of things)?
> Assuming data is on, and wi-fi turned on and active, will the phone prefer
> the 'wi-fi' 'byte conduit' over the 'data' (cellular) 'byte conduit'?
> Are there any good links to explanation on this sort of thing?

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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