You are using an iPad or iPhone with iOS 9 and above. In one way or the other, your data runs faster than the speed of light. So you wonder if there is a certain alien doing justice to it in space. No! Don’t live in that fantasy. You are probably using more data the wrong way.
With each iOS update, there are new features that consume copious amounts of data. If you are in that bowl of hot soup, then this article is just for you.
How to spend less on iOS data
Why spend more when you can spend less on iOS data? With these few tricks, you can do just that and save some more money for chocolate <winks>.
1. Turn off cellular data usage for iCloud
You will be charged higher for data services if you use iCloud to move files back and forth between devices. You may be editing a document using your device at your free time or during your little moving around. That means you’re consuming cell data. Every littke change you make is being saved to the cloud and using data during the process. So, if you can
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- Open Settings and go to iCloud.
- In the iCloud section tap on iCloud once more
- At the next screen scroll all the way to the bottom and disable “Use Cellular Data.”
When you disable this feature, iCloud will no longer use cell data to transfer docs or data, which will save power users some vital bits of data.
2. Disable automatic downloads on cellular data
Some of the biggest files on your device are app downloads. Your data may run up quicker than normal if you keep downloading these files automatically. Instead, wait until you are connected to Wi-Fi before downloading and updating your apps.
- In Settings find App and iTunes Stores.
- In the Apps and iTunes Stores section, you’ll see Use Cellular Data. Turn this off and you’re good to go.
3. Disable autoplay videos on cellular network
Facebook and Twitter have introduced a feature which autoplays the videos automatically in your timeline over the years. It makes usage really fun but with more people sharing videos on Facebook and Twitter, you’re unknowingly using up lot more data on your iPhone or cellular if you’ve autoplay videos enabled.
4. Monitor or Disable Data Hungry Apps
This is something that is more generalized though there are certain apps that you use often as compared to others. While some of these apps won’t consume data, others will. You will never go wrong by knowing which apps consume data, and more importantly if those apps even need access to cellular data.
Be sure to prevent unnecessary, data hungry apps from using cellular data. Just toggle them off one-by-one.
5. Disable Wi-Fi assist
Even though the Wi-Fi assist feature is helpful, it can be harmful too. Wi-Fi Assist uses Cellular Data to help with bad service when trying to supplement a weak Wi-Fi signal. While this does help, you could unknowingly be using a bunch of data. To disable the feature:
- Open the Settings app and find Cellular.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom and slide the toggle for Wi-Fi Assist OFF.
Again, for folks that may have a weak Wi-Fi signal at home, you actually be using cellular data if you had Wi-Fi assist enabled. If you have had unusually high data usage, Wi-Fi assist could be the problem. But, with one problem comes more.
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