Cellular data on your iOS devices lets you use the Internet wirelessly without a Wi-Fi connection. Most carriers offer limited data plans. iPhones and cellular iPad models come with data plans. And most people are on limited plans. Thus it is a good idea to keep an eye on your cellular data use. Luckily iOS 8 offers great features to track and limit cellular data usage. You can do a few things in order to monitor and limit your data in the future. Here is what you can do.
Although we started the article with iOS 8, you can use the settings for iOS 9 and iOS 10 as well. We have updated th post with additional tips.
Manage Cellular Data Settings on the iPhone
1. First figure out how much data you are using. To view this, tab Settings > Cellular. What you may want to do is reset (scroll all the way down) these usage statistics monthly, so you can see your monthly data use.
2.You may view cellular data use for your apps by going to Settings > Cellular. For each app that is installed on your device, you may turn off or on cellular data so you can control what apps have access to cellular data.
Further, some of your apps may use push notifications (e.g. badges, sounds or custom text alerts) that may use cellular data. Even though each notification is limited to a maximum size of 256 byte, you may still want to turn off push notifications by going to Settings > Notifications.
3. Disable Background App Refresh (this will also help you save battery life). Simply tap Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
4. Disable cellular data for automatic downloads.Simply tap Settings > iTunes & App Store > and tap the Use Cellular Data switch to turn off.
5. Disable cellular data for Safari‘s reading list. Simply tap Settings > Safari > Use Cellular Data > OFF.
6. Disable cellular data for iBooks by going to Settings > iBooks > Use Cellular Data
7. Disable cellular data for iCloud Drive by going to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Use Cellular Data
8. Turn off data roaming by going to Settings > Cellular > Data Roaming
9. You may want to completely turn off cellular data. Simply tap Settings > Cellular on your iPhone or Settings > Cellular Data on your iPad. When cellular data is off, you can’t use (a ) personal hotspot and (b) MMS text messages. You may browse the Internet or check your mail over Wi-Fi.
Please explore our in-depth video tutorial to help you with these settings and more by checking out our video below.
For our readers who recently updated to the latest iOS 9.3 versions, please make sure to double check the wi-fi assist setting. Upon upgrading, many users found that the upgrade changed this setting to ON by default. In order to check this tap on Settings > Cellular > and scroll down to the bottom to locate Wi-Fi Assist option.
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