iPhone or iPad: How to manage Data Usage

Are you unable to manage data usage on your iPhone or iPad, and because of that, you often find yourself out of the data limit and pay additional charges? But now you aren’t going to face this situation anymore. Because with the latest versions of iOS, including iOS 13, it has become easier to manage the data usage through different usage mitigation techniques. Today, you will learn how to look at data usage on an iPhone whenever you wish and optimize the respective settings to avoid high data consumption.

Monitor your data usage

  • Take your iPhone and hit the Settings icon. 
  • Under Settings, find an option called Cellular and click on it. You can find this option in different wordings on some iOS devices like Mobile Data and Cellular Data. On the next window, go down and choose Cellular Data or Use Data For
  • Here you will see all your data usage according to month or payment duration. 

Under this section, you will find some information based on your carrier. A carrier usually adds a section at the top known as Current Period or This Billing Period. Also, some carriers use a section known as Current Period Roaming to provide details about roaming data usage. If no information is found regarding the data usage in the current period, you can contact your carrier or visit the website and find more information. For example, you will be able to see which app is using how much data.  

Save data from high usage

Are you surprised by the data monitoring results? Do you want to save data while using too much? Try these rules provided by iOS to cut back on data and save money on monthly or yearly bills.    

  1. Use your device in Low Data Mode

After iOS 13, Apple has allowed users to use iPhones or iPads on low data mode to avoid high usage data. Here is how to make your device ready for low data mode. 

  • Launch the Settings app on your device.
  • Choose Cellular and then tap on Cellular Data options. 
  • A Low Data Mode option will appear to you. You have to turn this option on. If you have enabled 5G, first, you will need to choose a Data Mode category. 

Low Data Mode works differently according to the carrier you have and the apps you have installed. This mode can make several changes on the device’s settings or the apps that allow high data usage or consume unnecessary data. For example, it must pause big updates, stop prefetch, etc. 

  • Stop the data-hungry apps

You have to look at the apps that are data drainer. You may find all the apps in On state, but you have to disable all apps involved in high data consumption. It is an excellent way to save data from unnecessary usage and employ the saved data for essential services. Remember that you don’t have to turn off System Services from using data. You can also disable background refresh to save data. 

  • Disable automatic downloads

iOS devices can download content from your premium services, including apps, songs, e-books, and more. If you have taken a big premium content package on an iPad when connected to Wi-Fi, the downloading process will automatically start too when you are on your cellular data. So, you need to prevent it. 

  • Access Settings and locate the iTunes & App Stores option and tap it.     
  • Find an option called Use Cellular Data. You have to turn this option off. 
  • You should also check those devices connected with the same account. 
  • Shut off data entirely

Do you want not to keep data enabled in a specific time period to avoid extra fees? You can completely shut off your mobile data. You may find different options based on carriers like turning off Data Roaming and Voice Roaming. But if you need you can go with a Wi-Fi connection. 

  • Look at additional data services

According to the carriers, you get different types of data services, such as LTE, VoLTE, 4G to 3G. You can switch among services to save your precious data. You can decide which network service you have to determine during internet usage. If you consider 3G for voice services, you can make various local calls while saving your data. 

  • Disable Wi-Fi Assist

Wi-Fi assist is an excellent feature on mobile devices that are helpful in some specific circumstances. But it can be responsible for massive data usage. For example, suppose you are connected to Wi-Fi for downloading a high-quality movie and your device will be switched over mobile data if Wi-Fi fails to handle the download causing high data consumption. So, you should turn off Wi-Fi Assist from the Cellular Settings of your device. 

Download a data manager app If you want more help, you can download third-party apps for the effective management of your data. For this task, we have included the My Data Manager and Traffic Monitor app. You can download them from the App Store. 

Mildred Kawakami is an Internet Security expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, she has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup

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