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How to set a mobile data limit on the Galaxy S3, S4 or S5

Data limits are the bane of many people's existence. They're a necessary evil but always seem to run out just when you need them and then you get hit with crazy excess charges or 'shaping' that cuts your data flow to a trickle. Galaxy devices make it nice and easy for you to set a mobile data limit to avoid running out of data entirely or bringing on some bill shock at the end of the month.

AndroidPIT Galaxy S5 Data Limit Teaser
Holding the reins when it comes to data usage is essential in these LTE/download booster times. / © AndroidPIT

On the Galaxy S3 just hit Settings > Connections tab > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit and enter whatever data limit you like before you get a warning. Our screenshots are an international Galaxy S3 running Samsung's Android 4.3 firmware.

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The Galaxy S3 on Android 4.3: set mobile data limit. / © AndroidPIT

On the Galaxy S4 it's exactly the same path: Settings > Connections tab > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit. Depending on what version of Android you have or what custom ROM you might be running, the path may be slightly different. Our screenshot is an international Galaxy S4 running Samsung's Android 4.4.2.

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The Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2: business as usual for setting a data limit. / © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S5 is slightly different due to the new TouchWiz, but it's just as easy: Settings > Quick Settings > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit. Our Galaxy S5 is, of course, running the straight-out-of-the-box Android 4.4.2 firmware.

AndroidPIT Galaxy S5 Set Data Limit
The Galaxy S5 on Android 4.4.2: slightly different look thanks to the new TouchWiz. / © AndroidPIT

Note: You will only see the Set Mobile Data Limit option if you have a data enabled SIM card inserted.

Mobile data limits can be set on any device running Android 4.0+. Just look for the Data Usage section in your Settings.

Do you use this feature? What other ways do you keep track of your data usage?


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  • Mine is set to 2 GB. There doesn't seem to be any setting but 'on' (2 GB default) or off.

    What if I want to set it to 3 GB or some other value? Is there a way to do that (Galaxy S4 Active)

  • Help! My Samsung Galaxy Ace's data warning is stuck on stupid- I cannot change setting from mb to gb, and it's stuck on 1750. I just got a new card- so nowhere running outa data, but my cleaner app (toolbox) keeps telling me the memory is used up.
    Thanks- Danni Reve`

  • How do you cancel the data limit restriction? my plan resets at the end of the month (30th) while my phone data resets at the beginning of the month.. I've tried unselecting the "set mobile data limit" page but still doesn't do anything.

  • My1 Apr 13, 2014 Link to comment

    @OP isnt that sth. you can do on EVERY 4.0+ Droid device?
    if yes, you should add it too, if you ask me...

    • Yep this is correct. I made the topic for Galaxy devices as we had been asked in the context of an Android for Beginners, but yes, all Android 4.0+ devices can set data limits, it's just a slightly different path to Samsung.

      • My1 Apr 14, 2014 Link to comment

        well you can also update this one with the way for all other devices and Samsung devices without Touchwiz Nature 2.0 (like S3 mini)