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How to disable data roaming and avoid outrageous fees

If you plan on flying down to Cabos San Lucas for the holidays, you should make sure that your smartphone won’t incur a whole bunch of roaming fees which is enough to put a real damper on your vacation. It’s therefore quite wise to deactivate data roaming before you go on holidays or leave the country. Here is how you do it.

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Data roaming fees suck! © AndroidPIT

Though many mobile carriers have their set plans, most do not apply when abroad, meaning that roaming costs extra and it’s not cheap either. In order to turn off this function, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Android settings and under where it says ‘'Wireless and network'’ choose, ‘'More settings’'.
  2. Tap on ''Mobile network''.
  3. Uncheck the box ''Data Roaming''
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Uncheck the box next to data roaming to make sure fees to skyrocket on your next monthly bill. © AndroidPIT

And you’re done! If you want to ensure that you won’t be charged when abroad then also uncheck the box for ‘'Mobile data’'.

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  • If you are running stock Android (or something closer to it than TouchWiz), then you go to Settings > Data Usage > Mobile Data (Off). The Data Roaming check box option is available via the action overflow menu (top right hand corner, three dots stacked on top of one another)