1. signalexc's Avatar
    Just got my Nexus 7 w/ 3G and couldn't be happier, but having a weird issue, and wanted to see if anyone else was experiencing the same thing.

    Once I activated my 3G service (AT&T), I went into settings>data usage and disabled mobile data. I did this because I have wi-fi at home and at work (I work at a University) and don't need it most of the time. However, once I arrived at work, I noticed that my mobile data had turned back on. It happens when I go between different wi-fi networks; I will manually disable mobile data, only to have it turn on again once my nexus 7 connects with a different wi-fi network. I am worried that if I forget to disable the mobile data every time I am in between networks, that once I am out of range of wi-fi, my mobile data will activate and begin eating into my monthly allotment.

    Has anyone else with a 3G model experienced this? I am currently running Jellybean 4.2 (most current update) on a Nexus 7 w/ 3G - only had it a couple of days. If anyone has any advice, I'm open.

    Thanks.
    11-19-2012 04:16 PM
  2. DannyDefinit's Avatar
    Yeah, I run into the same issue with my Nexus 7 3G too. Just like certain cell phones, in order to disable mobile data, you can put the device in airplane mode then turn on WiFi.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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    11-20-2012 06:47 AM
  3. signalexc's Avatar
    Worked like a charm! Thanks!
    11-21-2012 03:27 PM
  4. jlo8720's Avatar
    there should be an easier alternative than airplane mode (IE a way to toggle the radios on and off)
    11-28-2012 11:56 PM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    People who know me will think I sound like a broken record, but use Power Toggles.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lubGVzcy5wYyJd

    It's free, lightweight, extremely versatile, and can be on the homescreen and/or the notification pulldown.
    11-29-2012 12:15 AM
  6. ocostich's Avatar
    People who know me will think I sound like a broken record, but use Power Toggles.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lubGVzcy5wYyJd

    It's free, lightweight, extremely versatile, and can be on the homescreen and/or the notification pulldown.
    But it doesn't fix the problem of the Nexus 7 turning mobile data mode on.
    12-02-2012 05:53 PM
  7. ocostich's Avatar
    Yeah, I run into the same issue with my Nexus 7 3G too. Just like certain cell phones, in order to disable mobile data, you can put the device in airplane mode then turn on WiFi.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    That doesn't work either. It keeps coming back on.
    12-02-2012 06:03 PM
  8. DannyDefinit's Avatar
    That doesn't work either. It keeps coming back on.
    Let me try to help clear some things up with mobile data on the Nexus 7.

    Unless you're in Airplane mode, if there's a Micro SIM in the Nexus 7, it seems the cellular data bars icon is always on.

    When you have Mobile Data enabled, you should see a small "H" (HSPA+?) next to the signal bars.



    When you uncheck the Mobile Data enabled box, the "H" goes away, but the signal bars still show, but you can't connect to the internet.

    jlo8720 likes this.
    12-02-2012 07:31 PM
  9. SonDan's Avatar
    Thanks for the clarification Danny. (Why is there no option to use the "thank you" button on Tapatalk? Argh.)

    Sent from my YP-GI1 using Tapatalk 2
    12-03-2012 09:58 PM
  10. Irina Flowers's Avatar
    Got mine Google Nexus last night. I guess the SIM came pre-paid, but I have already spent a good half of data without even knowing it... So sad. Trying the Airplane mode now. I hope it works.

    The most weird part is that I didn't have to type in password for the office wi-fi - it knew it. I don't know how. I really don't know. I do have Samsung Galaxy 10.1 - could it be because of it? Magic...
    12-04-2012 11:27 AM
  11. jlo8720's Avatar
    Google backups your settings online (including wifi). I auto connected to my gfs wifi when I went to her place. No entry required

    Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2
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    12-05-2012 01:10 PM
  12. kimafanai's Avatar
    Thanks for your tips. It works!! :-)
    12-05-2012 01:59 PM
  13. ocostich's Avatar
    And it still turns itself back on, seemingly randomly. I have tried more than a few widgets for toggling mobile data and airplane mode and have yet to find anything that works consistently.
    12-09-2012 07:49 PM
  14. jlo8720's Avatar
    And it still turns itself back on, seemingly randomly. I have tried more than a few widgets for toggling mobile data and airplane mode and have yet to find anything that works consistently.
    Me too

    Sent from my EVO LTE via Tapatalk
    12-11-2012 01:04 AM
  15. jlo8720's Avatar
    Still nothing changed

    Sent from my EVO LTE via Tapatalk
    01-25-2013 07:34 AM
  16. marleyinoc's Avatar
    Any updates on this? I'm usually pretty good at finding answers but there's nothing on this... 3G starts on its own. Only workaround seems to be to turn off WiFi then mobile data (so it won't roll over, I guess).

    $30 is too much to spend on something I can generally do for free (tether) and while $15 for 250MB is ridiculous (and makes me despise cellular companies all the more) I'm only going to need mobile data on rare occasions. Getting bent over because I can't choose those occasions is infuriating!)

    I'm on day two with device. See nothing in Google Nexus Help about this issue. This is annoying enough I'll probably send this back and get the WiFi version.
    02-19-2013 10:19 PM
  17. isosunrise's Avatar
    I've had my Nexus 7 3G since laugh with a data plan. I keep it on airplane mode, and have a widget where I turn WiFi on and off. When I need mobile data, I disable airplane mode and have 3G data. Never had problems with cellular data randomly coming back on, so no issues here with airplane mode.
    02-19-2013 11:44 PM
  18. Kadean Gr's Avatar
    i have a problem with my nxus 7 3g data, i have a wind mobile sim card inside it recognizes it and says connected to wind, but it says data is not connected? the sim card is active and currently has an unlimited data plan what should i do?

    - - - Updated - - -

    i have a problem with my nxus 7 3g data, i have a wind mobile sim card inside it recognizes it and says connected to wind, but it says data is not connected? the sim card is active and currently has an unlimited data plan what should i do?
    02-25-2013 09:05 AM
  19. Yttermayn's Avatar
    In my case, Green Power Free was turning mobile data back on. Changing a setting fixed that.
    08-26-2013 09:20 PM
  20. jlo8720's Avatar
    I've had my Nexus 7 3G since laugh with a data plan. I keep it on airplane mode, and have a widget where I turn WiFi on and off. When I need mobile data, I disable airplane mode and have 3G data. Never had problems with cellular data randomly coming back on, so no issues here with airplane mode.
    This is what I do , but I didn't do it right away.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    01-31-2014 10:56 AM
  21. Graham Thomas's Avatar
    Am I missing something here? If I have wifi on and am connected to a wifi network, wifi is used by default for everything that doesn't actually require 3G. So even if the mobile data indicator is showing a connection it's not being used much. Why do you need to turn it off at all, unless it's for power saving?
    02-01-2014 09:59 AM

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