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How to Prevent iPhone Apps From Using Mobile Data in iOS 8

Many iPhone users are on limited data plans these days and the last thing that they would want is to have unwarranted data usage creep up on them. Many users are baffled with obscene data usage even when they are barely using their iDevice. One of the possible culprits for your unwarranted data usage is your iPhone apps. That’s right; some iPhone apps can run in the background and consume data even if you are not using them. Fortunately in iOS 8, there’s a quick way to prevent iPhone apps from using mobile data.

How to Prevent iPhone Apps From Using Mobile Data in iOS 8

How to Prevent iPhone Apps From Using Mobile Data in iOS 8

There are various apps that consume mobile data even when you are not actively using them. Apps like FaceTime, App Store, and many fitness apps come to mind. You can prevent these apps from using mobile data with some simple tweaking in Settings. For good measure, you may want to disable other apps that you hardly use.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap the Mobile or Cellular option.
  3. Scroll a little bit down and you should be able see a list of apps under the label Use Cellular Data For.
  4. From here, you can just simply swipe the toggle to off for individual apps that you don’t want to use mobile data.
  5. Use Cellular Data For iOS 8

Disable Background App Refresh to Prevent iPhone Apps From Using Mobile Data

Another good step that you can do to minimize data usage by apps is to turn off the Background App Refresh option which is enabled by default. Some apps will constant refresh while in running in the background and this could chip away at your limited data usage. Disabling Background App Refresh will not just save mobile data usage but battery life as well.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General
  3. Look for Background App Refresh and toggle it off.
  4. Disable Background App Refresh iOS 8

And you’re done here! Keep in mind that some apps like RunKeeper will need Background App Refresh enabled in order to function properly.

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