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How to Restrict WhatsApp to WiFi Only on Android

When you’re at home, you never worry about the Data usage while browsing the Internet through your mobile. However, when you’re not at home and using your Cellular Data, you’re always concerned about the data usage. Well, even if you’re not browsing Internet, there are apps running in the background which may consume your data as soon as you turn on your Cellular Data. The most common App is WhatsApp. WhatsApp is always running in the background, hence, as soon you turn on your cellular data, it starts retrieving messages and downloading media files automatically (if set to auto download). Although you can disable automatic media downloading but you still cannot disable automatic messages downloading. Here, we have a quick solution for you to Restrict the WhatsApp to WiFi only on Android Devices:

  • Considering you have Android 4.4, 5 or newer version, go to “Settings” Menu of your smartphone.
  • Tap on “Data Usage” option. You will see a menu with a list of all the apps using your data and Wifi both.

Disable WhatsApp for 3G Network

  • While your Network Tab is selected (Reliance MP Here), Tap on “WhatsApp”.

Disable WhatsApp for Background

  • Now, in the “Restrict app background data“, enable the option.  (Should turn Green)

Now, your WhatsApp will only use your network data bandwidth if you intentionally open it yourself. Hence, it won’t automatically fetch messages or download media files in the background. This is a pretty useful trick to save your Cellular Data Bandwidth. You can turn on the background data anytime you want. However, if you change your mobile network (SIM), you may need to do follow the same procedure again. Also, if you disable or re-install the app, you may need to do this again .

NOTE: Although this method will Restrict WhatsApp to Wifi , you can follow the same procedure to restrict other Android Apps from using your cellular data bandwidth in the background.

See Also: How to Mute a Single Contact on WhatsApp

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