Do you receive texts warning that you have already used 90% of your data allowance of this month? A huge number of iPhone users run out of data before the month is up. While we rely more on streaming services, it is not surprising to find your month pack becomes exhausted in such a short time. If you are sick of racking up massive bills, follow the tips below to limit data usage on your iPhone 8, X, 7, 6S, 6, 5S, SE.
Tips to Cut Down Cellular Data Usage on iPhone
Monitor and Restrict Data Usage of Individual App
You can check the amount of cellular data your apps consume for this period in Cellular Screen. It will show you exactly which apps are using data. When you are close to your allowance, switch off the the apps that eats into plenty of your data or apps that your seldom use to prevent wasting cellular allowance on them. Just head to Settings > Cellular and scroll down the screen to find the apps in question. Tap on it and toggle the switch to the right.
Note: It will stop the app from functioning properly when using cellular data. You won't be able update the status or receive messages in a messaging app if you disable its access to mobile data. But still it is useful.
Disable Autoplay Videos
It is an important step to save mobile data on your iPhone. Such apps like Facebook and Instagram are designed to auto-load all videos you scroll past even though you don't intend to stay and watch it at all. You can lock down Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to reduce waste of data on your iPhone.
For Facebook, head over to More > Settings > Account Settings > Videos and Photos > Video Settings, change "Auto-play" to "On Wi-Fi Connections Only" or "Never Autoplay Videos".
For Instagram, go to Profile and tap on the gear icon. From here, tap "Mobile Data Use" and toggle on the switch next to "Use Less Data". Even though you cannot directly disable access to data, contents will load slower and it helps to save data.
For Twitter, tap gear icon in Profile view and go to "Settings" > "Data" > "Video Autoplay", select "Use Wi-Fi Only" or "Never Play Videos Automatically".
Turn off Background App Refresh
Since iOS 7, Apple has allowed apps to automatically update and download contents in the background. While this feature brings you the latest feeds and updates of different apps, it can be a problem when you are not on Wi-Fi. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Background App Refresh" and turn it off. You can not only save mobile data but also battery life.
Stop Using Cellular Data for Apple Music
Streaming music on cellular data when you are away from Wi-Fi can add to your bill. Normally, music apps like Apple music allow you to restrict streaming to Wi-Fi only. You can download the music into playlists instead of streaming them.
Open Settings and locate "Music", tap on "Cellular Data" and turn off the switch.
Disable Wi-Fi Assist
If Wi-Fi Assist is turned on, your iPhone will automatically utilize mobile networks when Wi-Fi is spotty. Apple once admitted it "might use more cellular data" when this feature is on. If you are running iOS 11, you can check how much data Wi-Fi Assist has consumed. Turning off Wi-Fi Assist is a good idea when you are running out of your data allowance. Head to Settings > Cellular, scroll down screen to the button and turn off "Wi-Fi Assist".
Last Resort: Turn off Cellular Data
If you resort to this extreme solution, you won't be able to use cellular data unless you turn it on again. You can apply this method when you want to avoid potential overage fee or when you need to use data rarely.