How to reduce mobile data usage on iPhone
Apple's iOS 9/10 features could be costing you a fortune!
Excessive mobile data usage has been a huge issue for iPhone users since the release of iOS 9, and very few people have unlimited data plans. Unfortunately this issue has only got worse with the release of iOS 10. It seems as though more and more people are experiencing the same issues as last year. This means that Apple users are getting stung with overcharges for using too much cellular data, without being aware of the reasons why! Thankfully we’ve put together a list of three changes you can make to prevent this from happening!
1. Turn off iCloud Drive mobile data usage
If you regularly use iCloud Drive and have a lot of files transferring between your device and Apple’s cloud, this feature can be greedy when it comes to using data. Turning off iCloud Drive prevents documents from being transferred to the cloud over mobile data and will only allow it to occur over a Wi-Fi connection. So how can I turn it off?
- Open the ‘Settings’ Application on your iPhone.
- Tap on ‘iCloud’.
- Select ‘iCloud Drive’.
- Under this tab, toggle the ‘User Mobile Data’ switch off (so it ISN’T green).
Turning this feature off doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to transfer your documents and information to the cloud; you just need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network for the process to occur.
2. Disable Background App Refresh
Background App Refresh is a feature designed to make your iPhone’s applications update and refresh automatically without them being active. This is extremely useful because you don’t have to manually update your apps anymore. That being said, it can guzzle mobile data if you aren’t connected to a Wi-Fi network, and it can drain your smartphone’s battery too. If you’re tired of low battery or overuse charges turning this feature off should make a difference. Here’s how:
- Open the ‘Settings’ application on your iPhone.
- Select ‘General’.
- Tap on ‘Background App Refresh’.
- Toggle the ‘Background App Refresh’ switch to off (so that it ISN’T green). Alternatively you can select which apps use background app refresh below this toggle switch.
3. Disable Wi-Fi Assist
Wi-Fi assist is a new feature to iOS 9 that aims to speed up your online experience. This means that the iPhone itself chooses between using mobile data and Wi-Fi depending on which is faster. Although this makes internet browsing and downloading fast (and cuts down on buffering), Wi-Fi assist is probably the biggest culprit when it comes to over-using data.
The reason for this is because the feature is automatically turned on when your phone was updated to iOS 9. Find out how to turn off Wi-Fi Assist on our previous blog.