How to Block Android Games from Accessing Cellular Data and Restrict to Wi-Fi

Ashish Mundhra

Most Android games these days are synced with their servers in real-time and, therefore, require you to be connected to the internet all the time. While on Wi-Fi you have nothing to worry about. There’s plenty of data that the ISPs on wireless provides, which is more than enough to play the game. However, if by any chance you shift from Wi-Fi to cellular data which is limited to just a few MBs or a GB, things get a lot different. These games consume a considerable amount of bandwidth which can eat up data quickly and later, cost money on prolonged use.

Restrict Game Data

Now talking about Android games, most of them are played on full screens. Because of weak or no internet connection on Wi-Fi  the phone might switch to mobile data automatically and there is no way to tell when the switch happens. While on full screen this is particularly harder to detect and till you realize, it can be too late.

So today, I am going to talk about a simple Android firewall app using which you can restrict the games on your Android to just the Wi-Fi data and disable the cellular data once and for all. Let’s have a look.

How to Block Android Games on Cellular Data

We will be using a firewall app for the task, but nothing too fancy as we just need to block games’ access of the cellular network and nothing more than that. So to keep things simple, download and install NoRoot Data Firewall from the Play Store on your Android device. The app works on all the devices running Android 4.0 or higher and as the name suggests, root access is not required.

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After the app initializes, you will be asked to grant the permission to create a VPN connection. Don’t worry, it will be a mock connection just to monitor the internet on your device. Having done that, you will see a list of all the apps installed on your device with the cellular and Wi-Fi icon. You must tap on both the icons and select Allow Connection or you will be asked for confirmation whenever an app is trying to connect to the internet.

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Now to block games’ usage of cellular data, look for them in the list and tap on the cellular icon next to them. You will get a few options where you need to select Restrict Data.

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Well, that’s all! From now on, all the games configured in the firewall settings will be blocked in the cellular data and will only work on Wi-Fi. You can minimize the app and it will work in the background, but just in case you reboot your phone and you don’t see the VPN icon in the status bar, just fire up the app manually.

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Additional Features

There are a lot of additional features in the app which makes it perfect for a standalone firewall app as well. Some of the features are:

  1. You can block only the background data for an app when it’s connected to Wi-Fi or 3G data and thus minimize the overall data usage of the device.
  2. If you have not granted internet access to all the apps by default, you will get a notification whenever any apps are trying to connect to the internet.
  3. There are various profiles you can make like different profiles for Roaming and Gaming which will help in quickly changing the rules by a single tap.
  4. Setup night mode for restricted night data which helps in the conserving battery as well.
  5. Get detailed graphical usage statics of apps on cellular and Wi-Fi data.

Conclusion

Well, these are just a few highlighted features, but you got so much more in the app. So make sure you try out the app to block data for certain apps on cellular of Wi-Fi data and get complete control on your phone’s bandwidth. If you have any doubt in getting the right settings, just drop us a comment and we’ll be happy to help you.

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Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.