Saturday, July 14, 2018

iPhone Data Usage Tips

iPhone Data Usage Tips

If you're on a limited or shared data plan, downloading a bunch of app updates or IOS upgrade over your cellular data can be really frustrating. The good news is, there are several options within IOS 11 to tweak the cellular data usage settings so you can avoid downloading many of the typical bandwidth hogs unless you're on WiFi.


  • Disable Cellular Data - Automatic Downloads
  • Disable Cellular Data - Video Autoplay
  • Disable - Wi-Fi Assist
  • Disable Cellular Data  - Background App Refresh

Automatic Downloads

On IOS 11, go to Settings -> iTunes & App Stores: Set Use Cellular Data to "Off".

Video Autoplay

On IOS 11, go to Settings -> iTunes & App Stores -> Video Autoplay: Set to Wi-Fi Only.

Wi-Fi Assist

On IOS 11, go to Settings -> Cellular: Set Wi-Fi Assist to "Off".

Background App Refresh

On IOS 11, go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh -> Background App Refresh On: Set to Wi-Fi.

Disable Cellular Data

If all else fails, you can simply disable use of all cellular data, at least temporarily until your data usage cycle resets. Go to Settings -> Cellular: Set Cellular Data to "Off".

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