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Top Android App: APNdroid

Top Android App: APNdroid

APNdroid enables you to easily control your Android device’s internet connection.

  • Version: 2.1.13
  • Size: 211KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free



Activating APNdroid will prevent your phone from connecting to the internet over 3G/EDGE/GPRS (note: does not affect WiFi). If you’re wondering why you would want to use this feature, here are a couple of great reasons: 1) improve battery life by keeping apps from checking for updates in the background, 2) save money by restricting data usage to times when you want to use it only (if you do not have an unlimited data plan).

There are a few options you’ll want to pay attention to if you plan on using this app on a daily basis. First, open the app to access its preferences and decide whether or not you want to keep MMS enabled. If you uncheck this box, you won’t receive media messages like photos, videos, etc. through texts. If you’re a forgetful person, you might want to enable the notifications option which will place an on/off icon displaying your phone’s current status in the notification bar. Lastly, if you’re having trouble disabling your mobile connection, try the “disable all APNs” option.

Pros:

  • Toggle data connection with a single click
  • Save battery and even money on your bill
  • Homescreen widget also available (separate application download)



Areas for improvement:

  • Trouble re-activating connection after first use (had to manually cycle mobile connection in settings > wireless and network > mobile networks), although not sure what exactly caused the issue



Conclusion: An essential app for any Android user wanting to improve battery life or prevent data use overage costs.

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2 Comments

  1. Also great if you are traveling internationally and your data plan does not include data usage in other countries. Verizon charged me over $30 when I briefly turned on my phone in Canada to make one 30 second phone call. My other apps kicked in and began updating causing data charges.

    A quick phone call to Verizon to express my dissatisfaction with a smart phone (HTC Incredible in this case) that doesn’t have a ‘call only/no data’ setting got the charges reversed.

    Nice to have a way to temporarily make my smart phone a dumb phone. Looking forward to trying it out.

  2. i Installed this app on my device… its very slaggy

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