How to Cut Back on your iPhone Data Usage

Have you ever checked your data usage for the month, and cried? Admit it, we all have. Well maybe not everyone, in fact most people probably haven’t… The point I’m trying to get across is that data seems to disappear at an exponential rate sometimes. We all swear we have used our data sparsely, but we still use it all up. This isn’t your fault, there are just some things that automatically use data on your phone. I’m here to try and limit the amount of unnecessary data you use throughout each month.

Deal with those Pesky Apps

Quite often background apps take up a large amount of data. Although we do need to make sure we keep the apps in our phone updated and refreshed, it’s better to do all this when you have a WiFi source, or else you are just wasting all the data that you have.

  • Make sure your apps don’t update automatically

This one can really drain your data quite hard. If you are updating your apps with your data, it is likely that you will run out of data quite quickly, simply because apps are updated regularly, and the average person has 26 apps installed, so the amount of megabytes needed to update all of your apps can really build up. To turn off cellular app updates, simply go to Settings then iTunes & App Stores and turn off Use Mobile Data.

  • Background App Refresh Should be disabled

To make sure your apps always have the most recent content available for you, apps constantly refresh in the background. This drains your data as its always gathering information from the internet so that you always have the best information available to you. To turn this off, Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn this setting off completely.

Deal with the other Pesky Data Stealing Options

Although apps play a big part in draining all your data without your knowledge, there are other factors that can steal a large majority of your data. Once again, it’s all about identifying these pesky data stealers, and limiting how much data they take from your phone.

  • Stop ICloud from using your mobile data

If you use the ICloud, then it is likely it uses your mobile data to transfer information from our phone to the cloud. To fix this, so that your information is only transferred to the cloud when a WiFi connection is available, go to Settings then iCloud and then iCloud Drive scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find the option to turn of the use of Cellular data. Simply turn that off and voila!

  • Download Media content, Don’t Stream it

Although this one seems obvious, so many people think that it will be okay to watch a few YouTube videos or listen to a few songs while you are using your mobile data. I’ll let you in on a little secret. DON’T DO IT. It’s a complete waste of your data to do this. If you are desperate to listen to music, download some content when you have WiFi available, then you can listen to it offline and you won’t waste any of your precious data.


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