How to reduce mobile data usage on iPhone

If you’re on a limited data plan and are concerned about running out of data, you can use the tips below to reduce cellular data usage on iPhone and ensure you stay within your data plan’s limits.

Reduce mobile data usage on iPhone

If you’re on a limited data plan, exceeding the data limit can either disconnect you from cellular data or result in expensive overage charges.

Therefore, it is necessary for you to regularly monitor cellular data usage on your iPhone and prevent apps from consuming excessive amounts of cellular data.

Once you make a habit of monitoring mobile data usage and taking steps to prevent unnecessary apps from using mobile data, you should be able to manage within the limits of your data plan.

1. Disable background app refresh

Most social media apps have a compulsive tendency to refresh data in the background using your expensive cellular data when WiFi isn’t available.

Go to settings > General > Update background app > Disable background app refresh for social media and other unnecessary apps by sliding the switch to OUT Position.

Disable background app refresh for apps on iPhone

2. Turn off cellular data for iCloud

Ensure that all documents and data transfer activities between iPhone and iCloud are done only over the free WiFi network.

Go to settings > cellular > Scroll down and move the switch next to iCloud drive to OUT Position.

Turn off cellular data for iCloud Drive

3. Disable WiFi Assist

The WiFi Assist feature on iPhone has often been linked to excessive cellular data and battery usage.

Go to settings > cellular > Scroll down and move the switch next to WLAN Assist to OUT Position.

Disable WiFi Assist on iPhone

4. Turn off cellular data for downloads

Make sure apps and updates can only be downloaded to your device over the Wi-Fi network.

Go to settings > cellular data and move the switch next to app store, iTunes store and music to OUT Position.

Turn off cellular data for App Store, iTunes, and Music

After that, your iPhone will only download iOS and app updates when it is connected to the WiFi network.

Note: You can’t stream music using cellular data.

5. Turn off cellular data for unused apps

With a limited data plan, it’s really important that you use the free WiFi network as much as possible and only allow essential apps to use cellular data.

Go to settings > cellular and switch OUT all unused apps, social media apps and other non-essential apps that shouldn’t be using expensive cellular data on your iPhone.

Turn off cellular data for specific apps on iPhone

Make sure you go through all the apps on this screen and only allow the essential apps to use cellular data.

6. Turn off cellular data for photos

Photos and videos can end up consuming a lot of data. Therefore, it’s important that you prevent the Photos app from using cellular data to upload or share photos.

Go to settings > photos > cellular data > Move the switch next to cellular data to OUT Position.

Turn off cellular data to update photo library

7. Turn off cellular data for background app update

You can expect to save a good amount of cellular data by preventing all apps from using cellular data for background activities.

Go to settings > General > Update background app > select Wireless Internet access Possibility.

Use Wi-Fi Only for Background App Refresh

After that, apps on your iPhone are only allowed to use the WiFi network for background app refresh.

8. Disable automatic video playback

As you may have noticed, videos start playing automatically whenever you open social media or news related websites on iPhone.

Disabling videos from autoplaying on social media apps can save data, especially if you have a habit of checking your social media accounts frequently.

Open Facebook, tap 3 line menu icon, located under in the bottom menu.

3 line menu icon in Facebook

Navigate to settings > Account settings > Videos & Photos > Auto play > select Never play videos automatically Possibility.

Never autoplay videos in Facebook app on iPhone

After that, you won’t find any videos autoplaying in Facebook.

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