Many iPhone and iPad users are on limited data plans and it can be a real struggle to keep data consumption from going over the cap. The ever growing number of features, background processes and updates on your smartphone certainly doesn’t help. Enabling all these functionalities can wreak some havoc on your monthly data plan. To help you out, we have listed some tips that will help you conserve mobile data on iPhone and iPad.
How to Conserve Mobile Data on iPhone & iPad:
Disable Auto App Updates
Automatic App Updates is a convenient feature that ensures all your apps are up-to-date. However, many apps have large updates and all that MBs will surely add up. If you have tons of apps installed, you’ll end up consuming a great deal of mobile data. Plus, it is unlikely that you want to update all your apps and many of them are not being used. To disable Automatic App Updates, navigate to Settings > iTunes & App Store > and disable Updates.
Find out which apps are consuming the most data
Going to Settings > Cellular / Mobile then scrolling down will let you see which apps are using the most mobile data. From here, you can opt to disable cellular usage for certain apps. Find out the apps that use the most data and disable them, or apps that you don’t use anymore.
Disable Location Services
With Location Services enabled, your iPhone will get location-based system services like traffic, location-based ads, location-based alerts and more. Of course, this will end up consuming a lot of data in the long run. To disable Location Services, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and toggle it off.
Disable iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive is a feature that allows apps to save data in iCloud. If you don’t care about storing app data to the cloud, then you can disable this feature to save on mobile data. Go to Settings > Use Cellular Data > and disable iCloud Drive.
Disable Background App Refresh
With Background App Refresh turned on, your apps will regularly refresh or update so it will show the latest information. Needless to say, this can lead to a lot of unwanted data consumption especially if you have many apps that use this feature. However, we don’t recommend that you turn off Background App Refresh entirely. There are some apps that will not work properly without this feature like Weather.
With these tips, you should be able to significantly cut down your mobile data usage on your iPhone and iPad. Got any other tips on how to conserve mobile data on iPhone and iPad? Share it in the comments.