How to selectively control which Android apps can access the Internet at any time

How to selectively control which Android apps can access the Internet at any time
Is your monthly internet allowance putting pressure on your internet usage habits? Or you simply want to block a bunch of apps you have installed from having access to the Internet? That's cool. There's an app for everything, and there's one for that sort of functionality too. Meet NetGuard, a free Android firewall acting on the premise of selectively controlling apps' privilege of accessing the Internet.

Before NetGuard, there was no way to pull this stunt off without rooting. But with this app running on Android 5.0 and higher, choosing which apps get Internet access and which don't becomes a piece of cake.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to quickly and easily set up NetGuard on your Android 5.0 device. It will take no longer than 10 minutes and the process requires no tweaks or roots — just installing a fine app and getting it working!

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16 Comments

1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Works only on Android 5.0 and higher... This kinda limits it's appeal.

2. Awaragardiyan unregistered

"Before NetGuard there was no way to pull this stunt" LOL. This feature is integrated in MIUI' security app since MIUI 6(or before). http://www.tiikoni.com/tis/view/?id=fb50dc3

3. Awaragardiyan unregistered

"Before NetGuard there was no way to pull this stunt" LOL. This feature is integrated in MIUI' security app since MIUI 6(or before). http://www.tiikoni.com/tis/view/?id=fb50dc3

4. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Before NetGuard, there was no way to pull this stunt off without rooting opera max does it just fine without root.

15. mrm2kk7

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

Opera Max is a closed source app that send your data & information to a third party server. NetGuard is an opensource App without even INTERNET ACCESS, so there is risk of leaking any peronal data.

5. Awaragardiyan unregistered

opera max too comes inbuilt since miui 7. integrated into security app.

6. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

It blocks OK Google from accessing the internet from my Android Wear....

7. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

"Before NetGuard, there was no way to pull this stunt off without rooting." Really? Obvious the writer is an Apple user. LBE Privacy Guard.

16. mrm2kk7

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

According to Google Play : LBE Privacy Guard needs ROOT!! So, i don't see anything wrong with the article's statement. Did you know, NetGuard doesn't Need ROOT and it's Opensource and it's doesn't need even INTERNET ACCESS Premission?

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This is a great app. Just adds more privacy and protection to the user.

9. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Before net gaurd, there was adguard, and opera max, and a whole bunch of other apps. Lying to make money off ads has become so easy.

12. mrm2kk7

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

Actually Netguard is an opensource app WITHOUT Internet access Permission. So, There isn't anything related about ads in this app. If you want you can donate to the author or rate it . That's all. NetGuard acts like a firewall (granted, not a complete one) without needing root access or INTERNET access, There is also other NoRoot Firewalls (Like LostNet , ...etc), but almost all of them are closed source (except adguard) and some of them have call home function. There is also Data Saver apps (like Opera Max , ... etc), that act like a firewall, but you send your data to a third party server which you don't know anything about and they can do whatever they want with your information and data. BTW, Netguard just denies or grants access, there is no packet filtering , so it's effect on battery usage is almost nothing.

13. mrm2kk7

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

BTW, I just checked AdGuard Github , it's only a readme file, not actual source. So adguard is also Closed Source!!

10. egyptian3030

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

better to check opera max - data saving it has same functions and I tried before and working on no rooted phones, I hope if you can provide comparison, thanks.

11. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Are there any apps that would start sucking battery if cut off from the Internet?

14. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, the facebook apk -- it draws battery like crazy!

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