Android: Disable internet/3G connection to save battery

It's nice to be connected all the time, but when it comes to portable devices I'm quite a frugal user because of battery life. I also don't have any quota allowance on my plan.

So one of the first things I noticed was the 3G symbol was always showing (and annoying me).

The App

Luckily, there was a very handy app on the Android market called "APN on/off Widget". Once installed, edit your dashboard and add the new widget.


It'll give you access to a new widget on your dashboard which will enable and disable your internet connectivity. The widget itself will update to reflect the current state of your connection.

This makes it so much easier to turn it on when you need it and then back off once you're done.

The Settings

Apparently this is an Android code, so give it a shot and see if it works.

  • In the phone dialer, enter *#*#4636#*#*
  • It should take you to a new screen
  • Select "Phone Information"
  • Press Menu
  • Press More
  • Select "Disable data on boot" to stop it from automatically connecting when you start your phone.

I'm not sure if this option is permanent, but used in conjunction with the widget its a sure way of keeping in control of your battery life.

You can also use this menu to disable your connectivity, but its alot easier to just use the widget.


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