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How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage

Published on 02 June 16
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Picture this: You’re sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop, just casually surfing the web on your phone. Being the savvy user you are, you’re connected to the public Wi-Fi to save data. Suddenly, the public Wi-Fi stops working. But you don’t have to fret, because the Smart Network Switch feature on Samsung phones automatically switches to a mobile connection when Wi-Fi is too weak.

Basically, when the phone detects an issue with the Wi-Fi, it’ll stay connected but use mobile data instead—at least until the Wi-Fi connection is stable again. It’s an excellent feature to have turned on. But it’s also not without its downsides.

This will obviously use more mobile data. If you’re one of the many people who choose to use as little mobile data as possible in order to save money, Smart Network Switch is probably a downside, not an upside. Since it doesn’t technically disconnect from the Wi-Fi network, it still shows that there’s an active Wi-Fi connection, despite using mobile data. So, basically, you have no way of knowing when it’s using Wi-Fi or mobile data, and your usage can skyrocket without you realizing it.

If that sounds like you, here’s how to disable the feature.

Alright, with that out of the way, the first thing you’ll want to do is jump into the Settings menu by pulling down the Notification shade and tapping the cog icon.

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One of the first options in this menu should be Wi-Fi. Go ahead and open that.

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In the top right corner of the Wi-Fi menu, there’s a button that reads MORE. Tap that, then select Smart network switch.

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This will bring up a dialog box with a short explanation of what Smart Network Switch does, along with two options: On and Off. Select the appropriate one for what you’re trying to do here, which should automatically close this box.

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That’s it—you’re finished.

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  • Picture this: You’re sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop, just casually surfing the web on your phone. Being the savvy user you are, you’re connected to the public Wi-Fi to save data. Suddenly, the public Wi-Fi stops working. But you don’t have to fret, because the Smart Network Switch feature on Samsung phones automatically switches to a mobile connection when Wi-Fi is too weak.

    Basically, when the phone detects an issue with the Wi-Fi, it’ll stay connected but use mobile data instead—at least until the Wi-Fi connection is stable again. It’s an excellent feature to have turned on. But it’s also not without its downsides.

    This will obviously use more mobile data. If you’re one of the many people who choose to use as little mobile data as possible in order to save money, Smart Network Switch is probably a downside, not an upside. Since it doesn’t technically disconnect from the Wi-Fi network, it still shows that there’s an active Wi-Fi connection, despite using mobile data. So, basically, you have no way of knowing when it’s using Wi-Fi or mobile data, and your usage can skyrocket without you realizing it.

    If that sounds like you, here’s how to disable the feature.

    Alright, with that out of the way, the first thing you’ll want to do is jump into the Settings menu by pulling down the Notification shade and tapping the cog icon.

    How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage - Image 1

    One of the first options in this menu should be Wi-Fi. Go ahead and open that.

    How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage - Image 2

    In the top right corner of the Wi-Fi menu, there’s a button that reads MORE. Tap that, then select Smart network switch.

    How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage - Image 3
    How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage - Image 4

    This will bring up a dialog box with a short explanation of what Smart Network Switch does, along with two options: On and Off. Select the appropriate one for what you’re trying to do here, which should automatically close this box.

    How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage - Image 5

    That’s it—you’re finished.

    Samsung Backup and Restore

    How to Disable Samsung’s Smart Network Switch to Avoid Too Much Data Usage - Image 6

  • One-Click backup multiple files between iOS & Android devices and PC, including audio, video, contacts, call logs, SMS messages, photos, apps, etc.
  • Extract iTunes backup to devices.
  • Supports all iOS&Android devices, 200+ phone brands: Apple, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Google, LG, Sony, Motorola, OPPO, Acer, and more >>
  • Restore backup files to mobile whenever you want.
  • Transfer data from phone to phone by one click.


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