Let’s face it, additional chargers for cellular data overages is how carriers make money. For those of us with monthly data allowances, or for folks that travel and use data roaming, it’s important to know exactly how we’re consuming that data and how to limit cellular data use.
Cellular data on your iDevices lets you use the Internet wirelessly without a WiFi connection. While almost all carriers offer unlimited data plans, most people choose limited data plans.
That’s why it is a good idea to keep an eye on your cellular data use
Luckily most iOS versions offer 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.
Manage Cellular Data Settings on the iPhone
1. First, figure out how much data you are using. To view this, tap 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 bytes, 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 >Apple ID Profile > 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 Apple Books (aka iBooks) by going to Settings > Books (iBooks) > Use Cellular Data
7. Disable cellular data for iCloud Drive by going to Settings > Apple ID Profile > 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 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.
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Turn Off WiFi Assist
For our readers who recently updated to the latest iOS versions, please make sure to double check the wi-fi assist setting.
After upgrading, many users found that the update 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.
Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or any additional tips to share.