True, there is a lot of WiFi today. But still, it does not mean, we need to remove the mobile data from devices. I mean still, there are a lot of situations, where we need to connect to the internet when you do not have a WiFi connection around.
Is this something wrong with my phone?
The simple answer is NO. This is not software damage or something which makes the mobile data icon disappear from your notification bar. This problem of missing the mobile data icon problem is common with relatively new devices including popular Samsung products such as S6, S7, S8, S9, Note 6, Note 7, etc.
Instead, this was something the manufacturer of your phone push on you. May be to discourage mobile data use and increase the use of WiFi, I don’t know the exact reason but for whatever the reason they make the change and now we do not have the mobile data icon.
Is it only the icon or no mobile data at all?
No mobile data haven’t been removed from these devices, it’s only the icon. But you do not have the quick and short way to switch on mobile data instead, you have to take the long path.
- Go to Settings
- Then go to CONNECTIONS
- Then go to Data Usage
- Finally, tap on the Mobile data to enable and disable mobile data
Is there a way to solve this?
Yes, here we are going to show you two methods to restore the missing mobile data icon.
Using Mobile Data Switch App
Mobile Data Switch app is specially designed for the mobile data icon missing android phones. Instead of the long path we mentioned above, you can simply tap on the Mobile Data Switch apps shortcut, it directly launches Data Usage screen for you, which enables you to switch On and OFF mobile data with a single touch.
Not only that it also has an inbuilt app launcher, which makes this a really helpful app. Where you can turn on mobile data with one touch and then directly launch Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok or whatever your favorite app with another touch. Which saves you a lot of time.
And the best part is this app works with any device, Even with devices we do not find this problem, and it is easy as downloading a small app from Google Play Store.
Get it now from here.
You can see this app in action from the following video.
Using your computer and ADB
This method needs some technical skills to execute. And Also this method also does not work for every device like the above method. But this also has a positive side, this method can restore your mobile data icon as those golden old days.
In some devices, the manufacturer hasn’t completely removed the mobile data switch. Instead, they just have disabled it in a way that regular users can not enable it. Here we are going to enable it back with your computer using a tool called ADB.
ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge which is a tool that is mostly used by Android developers and android technicians. So we are going to do here is enable developer option on your phone and then access a hidden setting to enable mobile data. Which is not available to regular users.
- Install ADB on your computer. Follow this guide for installation if you need help.
- Enable USB debugging in your android device, follow this guide and connect to this device.
- Run CMD or Terminal according to your operating system
- Run the commands
adb devicesto check whether ADB is working and it should list your connected Android devices if it correctly works
- Run the command
adb Shellto enter the phones command line
- Now you have to enter the command
settings get secure sysui_qs_tilesto load settings of the quick settings (Icons on the notification bar)
- The above command will print all the icons present on the quick settings, copy them to notepad. (Be careful with this step you have to copy all the items correctly if you missed any it may cause unexpected results)
- Now append another item to the list, as
MobileData(You must add it within quotes after the last item on the list put a comma and then add
- Now copy the command in step 6
settings get secure sysui_qs_tilesand add it to the beginning of the notepad text (put a space between the command and the list). And change the get in there to put. The command on the note pad must look something like this
settings put secure sysui_qs_tiles "<<here comes the comma separeted icon list>>"
- Now you have a command to update your quick setting icons copy it to command prompt or terminal and execute the command
As I said earlier this method seems to be out of the reach for a general user. If you feel like this is too intense, go with the first method it is completely risk-free and 100% working.
I want mobile data
If you need any help regarding accessing mobile data feel free to ask any questions here.
Hi..my mobile data icon is missing on homescreen please help me
Did you tried the workaround suggests in the article or if you are not confident enough to try it or the workaround is not working for you, I highly suggest you go with the mobile data switch app which will save you a lot of time.
Using this command should do the trick. It first gets the current settings, removes `MobileData` if it’s already there, and then adds back at last position.
`settings put secure sysui_qs_tiles “$(echo $(settings get secure sysui_qs_tiles | tr ‘,’ ‘\n’ | grep -v ‘MobileData’ | tr ‘\n’ ‘,’ | sed ‘s/,$//’)’,MobileData’)”`
Thanks for adding your valuable comment, That’s simply doing a few steps mentioned in the guide once.
it’s just that @THIRANJA LAKRANDIKA you need to update the “get” to “put” in step 9.
That is my mistake there, I correct it, thanks for pointing out it.