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How to Limit Hotspot Data Usage without Apps? (Android WiFi)

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Limit WiFi Hotspot Data Usage on Android
Do you need to share your internet connection and also need to limit the WiFi Hotspot usage? Limited data plan always a restriction which forces users to stop the data usage.

But, when you have nothing to act on this situation, you can control the data usage using settings on your device without any apps. Data sharing through hotspot is now an opportunity for your friends who can use your internet data using WiFi on their android device.

This is easy.

Instead of limiting bandwidth for the devices, you can give your friend a particular set of data limit to use on his device using your WiFi hotspot. This will create a metered network and will limit the data which is transferring to your WiFi Hotspot.

If the downloads take huge data and you have limited data plan then you can turn off the mobile data to suspend the speed of your hotspot.

But, this normally turns off your connection too. Another thing is, once you share the internet data, you have to keep a strong look upon the devices so that data limit does not exceed.

But, there is an easier solution to this.


You don't need to turn off your data to save your mobile data. Instead, you can set a data limit on your android device if you need to restrict the data usage on a particular stage from your data plan.

Beside throttling the hotspot speed, you also have some others stuff to do changing your settings to stop background data usage. If you stop the background data, this helps in reducing the data consumption for your device.

How to Limit Hotspot Usage? [Set Data Usage Plan]

You should know that smartphone has the settings to set a cap to limit mobile data usage. You can set a particular amount of data to be used from your device which includes your browsing data usage in that plan.

Now for a hotspot, it is same. As the hotspot uses data from the same device that is why you will have to set the data plan on that device which you will use to share the internet over the hotspot.

We have shown the procedure for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can do the same in any version of your android. The settings available in all versions of Android. But, for prior versions, the system is slightly different.

Just follow the steps which are mentioned below--

Step 1
At first, go to 'settings' and click on 'Dual SIM & mobile networks'.


Step 2
Now click on 'Data management'.


Step 3
Now you have to click on the gear '⚙' icon to create a data usage plan for your Android device.


Step 4
Open the 'Data plan' option then click 'Monthly data plan'.

Data Usage Plan on your WiFi Hotspot 1

Data Usage Plan on your WiFi Hotspot monthly


Step 5
Here, input the limit of data which you want your device to share.

Data Usage Plan on your WiFi Hotspot 2

Step 6
Now, turn on the data limit plan.

set Data Usage Plan on your WiFi Hotspot

It will be activated and when the data consumption hit that particular limit internet connection would be stopped.

Note: If your friends are using your wifi hotspot connection and exceeded the data plan which was set by yourself then you also will not be able to browse the internet.

But, don't worry.

You can edit and increase the limit whenever you want to use the internet or you can turn off the plan from the settings to unlock the limit.

Bonus Tip: You can use an app on your android device to meter your Hotspot usage. The app is: Portable WiFi Hotspot Manager.

wifi hotspot meter

There are some apps which consume huge background data. You can control and restrict the background apps from taking extra internet data.

How to Restrict Background Data on Android to Save Usage?

It is a simple and very easy way as you can do this for all apps by one click.

Step 1
At first, go to 'Settings' and click on 'Dual SIM & mobile networks'.


Step 2
Now click on 'Data management'.


Step 3
Here, just click on the gear icon '⚙'.


Step 4
Now scroll to the bottom and find 'Restrict app background data' option. Just check the option to turn on the feature.

Restrict App Background Data

These were the simple steps to control background data usage to save more data on your device.

Find which Apps are Consuming most of the Internet Data:

An Android device records the activities for apps and lists the apps by its data consumption. Here is the three steps process to find which apps are taking the most web data to run.

Step 1:
Just go to 'Data management' and click on 'Traffic rankings'.


Step 2:
Now there will be two tabs. One is: apps used over 'Cellular' data, another is: apps used over 'Wi-Fi'.

which Apps used most Internet Data

Step 3:

Just click on any tab and the apps will be shown up by a list with data history details.


The process is very simple. Just use this procedure step-by-step as it is given in this article.


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