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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Disable or Enable Data Roaming

In Samsung Galaxy SIII you're allowed to manage your data usage by set limitations to it to avoid unwanted data charges. Once you've done, the mobile data connection will be automatically disabled when reach its limit.

See also: How to Manage the Data Usage on Samsung Galaxy S3

In this phone you can also set your phone not to use data when you're abroad by turning off data roaming on your phone. Of course this will help you to avoid unwanted data usage while you're abroad.


How to turn off data roaming?
Once you've done this steps, your phone will only be able to make a call, send messages and use apps that don't required an internet connection. Here's the steps:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Settings, then tap on it.
  3. Tap More settings.
  4. Tap Mobile networks.
  5. Depending to your current setting, tap Data roaming to turn off this option. When the checkbox next to this option is unchecked means this option is disabled.
  6. When required, tap OK button.
  7. Finish. Now you have managed to disable data roaming on your phone.

How to turn on data roaming?
For any reason, if you want to stay enable to use data while you're abroad then you can turn this option on. But, you should know that by enable this option you may incur significant roaming charges. Here's the steps you need to do to enable this option:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Settings, then tap on it.
  3. Tap More settings.
  4. Tap Mobile networks.
  5. Depending to your current setting, tap Data roaming to turn on this option. When the checkbox next to this option is ticked means this option is enabled.
  6. When required, tap OK button.
  7. Finish. Now you have managed to disable data roaming on your phone.

Well, by knowing on how to set up your data roaming, now you can set it according to your needs. Hope it helps :)

Comments

  1. My Data Roaming is turned on, but I still cant access internet whilst roaming, I have a contract that has 1GB Internet per Month, what might be wrong?

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    1. Hi JennyJam,
      Thanks for coming here.
      Make sure you've enabled your data connection. It's under Setting> More Setting> Mobile networks>Use packet data.
      Hope it helps :)

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  2. Hi. I have the Samsung Galaxy S3. I've tried to turn on the data but it doesn't work. I go to Settings> more settings> mobile data> then I check the box that says Mobile Data-Enable data. It doesn't turn my data on. I'm sure because I turn my wifi off to check. Am I missing a step? Please help me.

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    1. Hi Galaxy28,
      Thanks for coming.
      You can also turn on mobile data through the notification panel. If this also not works, you might have to call your provider to ask them whether you should do some settings on your phone to make it works.
      Hope this helps :)

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  3. Is it possible to stop my phone from asking me every time whether I REALLY like to disable/enable data connection. I want it to happen after clicking just one button.

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    1. Hi Wersy2,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did you made any changes before you encounter this problem? For instance, you did install certain app or change some settings.

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  4. I am getting display for each Outgoing Call regarding the Call Charges and also the Usage charges of 3G/2G. Can I disable it?

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    1. Hi Balaji Swaminathan,
      Thanks for coming.
      I've never heard this issue before. But, I thinks it's provider-related issue, so try to call your provider to ask whether they can help you to stop those notification appears in each outgoing calls you've made.

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  5. You can turn off Data Roaming in the Settings facility .Doing this you should not be charged when you are abroad Settings, wireless and networks, mobile networks, data roaming off and packet data off. Or put your phone on airplane mode so you don't get calls or texts.Data roaming will only turn off your data(mms and internet) you'll still have the ability to call and text and depending on your carrier even if you receive texts or calls you'll be charged.To avoid data roaming completely get a new local sim card with data packet in abroad or get free WiFi if possible .For this you may need to unlock your mobile from country lock by getting the unlocking service from an provider like ClassicUnlocking.com

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    1. Hi Rojar Smith,
      Thanks for coming and share your useful knowledge here :)

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  6. I did a system update on my samsung galaxy s3 and I click on settings, more settings, mobile data but, there isn't a button to click for data roaming. How do I turn it on if there's no button?

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    1. Hi Samantha Johnson,
      Thanks for coming.
      I assume that your S3 is now running with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. By default, the Data roaming option should be found in Settings> (under Connection tabs) "More networks"> "Mobile networks"> enable "Mobile data" and then enable "Data roaming".

      Since you said that you couldn't find this option under mobile networks menu, then try using the following steps to enable data roaming:
      1. Make sure mobile data has been enabled in your phone.
      2. Go to Settings.
      3. In Connections tab, tap "Data usage".
      4. Tap the Menu key and then enable "Data roaming".

      Anyway, if you don't mind, can you please tell me what the model number and Android version are you using in your phone?

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    2. Rehan i have same problem as her. Actually data roaming is blocked by service. even there is data roaming checklist but not available to correct it. SHV210s korean s3

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    3. Hi Lkhamsuren Erdenebayar,
      Thanks for coming and let me know about it. I really appreciate it.
      So, can I conclude that you finally have to ask your service provider to enable data roaming manually. Am I right?

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  7. I restricted my enternet from my data and cant unrestrict it any suggestions to unrestrict it

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    1. Hi Doug Brown,
      Thanks for coming.
      To unrestrict background data, kindly do as follows:
      1. Go to Settings.
      2. Tap "Connections" tab.
      3. Tap "Data usage".
      4. Tap the Menu key and then clear the checkbox in the left side of "Restrict background data".

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  8. I updated system software for my samsung galaxy s3 model number SHV-E210K. But i have problem with data roaming i cannot enable. Can u help me what should i do to enable it?

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    1. Hi Chentra Chea,
      Thanks for coming.
      Make sure you have enabled Mobile data before turning on the Data roaming option.

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  9. I want to disable my galaxy s4's ability to receive or send phone calls while I'm abroad. I want to be able to check emails when there is wifi but that's it. How do I do this?

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  10. How to activate mobile data in galaxy s111 shv e210l

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    1. Hi onike mollike man,
      Thanks for coming.
      You can quickly enable mobile data by using these steps:
      1. Swipe down the top of the screen using two fingers to open up the quick settings panel.
      2. Tap "Mobile data" button to enable or disable mobile data connection. The button turns green when it's enabled.

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