This article explains how to manage cellular data on iPhone.
Most carriers don’t provide unlimited data plans for iPhones.
In some cases, wireless providers charge overage fees. And these fees add up.
According to a recent survey, over 20% of Verizon subscribers paid a data overage fee in the last six months. 4G/LTE connections offer high bandwidth.
This is no longer an issue with iOS 9. You can use as much data as you want with iOS 9.
Correct setups can control data usage. So you don’t get overcharged.
To start, navigate to Settings > Cellular data > Mobile data consumption to see how much data you’ve used. If you haven’t reset this amount in a long time, you should do so and monitor your data consumption periodically to ensure you’re not above the limit. To reset the number, scroll down the page and select Reset statistics. After that, follow the instructions here to manage your iPhone’s cellular data consumption.
How to Manage Cellular Data Usage?
- iOS 9 has a data monitor. Cellular Usage is under Settings > General. You can view how much data you’ve used since the last reset (Cellular Data Usage section). You can tap Reset Statistics (scroll down) monthly to discover how much data you use. When you reset, the Cellular Data Usage section will show 0 bytes. Your usage will be tracked.
Some apps may eat up a lot of data. Some social media apps use a lot of data. Your cellular data usage can be restricted here. Identify the data collectors. You can control whether or not your apps use cellular data. If you disable an app, it will only connect to the Internet when your phone is linked to a Wi-Fi network. Except for Exchange ActiveSync accounts, you must disable cellular data in Settings > Cellular > System Services.
- If you still go over, try these:
1: Through Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi assist is a nice feature in iOS 9 that uses cellular data if the Wi-Fi is unstable. This feature is useful but consumes a lot of data. Go to Settings > Mobile data > Wi-Fi aids and switch off this option.
2: Through Apps
You can always choose which apps can utilize your data. This will allow you to save a lot of data. To do so, go to Settings > Cellular data and scroll down to choose which apps can use cellular data.
3: Through iCloud
iCloud Drive is a data demanding program that utilizes a lot of iPhone cellular data to upload things to the Cloud. For this program, it is best to disable cellular data. To disable cellular data use, go to Settings > iCloud and disable it. Disabling this option prevents iCloud from using cellular data to transfer files.
4: Through Background App Refresh
One of the best ways to save cellular data is to stop background app refresh. The programs constantly update in the background, consuming a lot of data. So, go to Settings > General and search for Background app refresh. Toggle the slide to disable it. This will drastically reduce your cellular data use.
5: Through Music
We all enjoy music, and Apple has made it possible to stream high-quality music to your iPhone via cellular data or Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, high-quality music uses more data. So, if you are low on data, avoid streaming music over cellular.
6: Through Push notification
Do you use Push notifications for most of your iPhone apps? Then it will take a lot of your iPhone’s cellular data. So, disable push notifications for unnecessary apps. To make the necessary modifications, go to Settings > Notifications and disable notifications for all apps you don’t use or don’t want to receive.
7: Turn off cellular data on iPhone
This is the last resort to turn off your iPhone’s cellular data and help you control your data use when you are running low. You can disable it in settings and enable it when needed.
Uber, for example, requires you to keep your cellular data on. Switch to Wi-Fi for such apps and off for others. You can save a lot of data while staying under budget.
So, these are some suggestions for managing your iPhone’s cellular data.
8: Through Auto video streaming
While scrolling through the news feed, many apps start playing videos. Also, if you don’t utilize Wi-Fi, cellular data is used. It is best to disable this feature on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Open the Facebook app > Account settings > Videos and photographs > Video settings > Autoplay, then select ‘On Wi-Fi only’.
Open the Instagram and Twitter apps on your iPhone to disable this feature.
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