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How to Disable Data Roaming on Your Android Tablet

When you take a cellular Android tablet abroad, you can keep it in airplane mode. If you do that, there’s no chance of data roaming charges, and you can still enable Wi-Fi. Even so, and just to be sure, consider disable data roaming on your Android tablet by obeying these steps:

  1. On the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose the More command, found at the bottom of the first section of commands.

  4. Choose Mobile Networks.

  5. Remove the check mark by the Data Roaming option.

Of course, you don’t need to heed this advice if you want to be shocked by an outrageous cellular bill when you return from your trip. That’s exactly what happens should the tablet latch onto a foreign cellular provider. Unless you’ve set up things ahead of time, it’s roam, roam, roam. That’s expensive.

  • These steps also apply for potential roaming charges in the United States as well. If you take the tablet out of your cellular provider’s service area, you could incur roaming charges. It’s not that common, but it could happen.

  • Contact your digital cellular provider when you’re traveling abroad to ask about overseas data roaming. A subscription service or other options may even be available, especially when you plan to stay overseas for an extended length of time.

  • You can determine whether the tablet is roaming by looking at the Status screen: Run the Settings app, choose About Device or About Tablet, and then choose Status. The Roaming item in the list describes whether or not the tablet is data roaming.

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