Download Apps Larger Than 200MB Over Cellular Data on iPhone

Earlier you could not download iPhone apps over 200MB using cellular data. You needed Wi-Fi. However, in iOS 13, Apple lifted this restriction. Now, by enabling an option under the settings, you can download apps bigger than 200MB using mobile data. This feature has carried over to iOS 14 as well. So, without further ado, let me show you how to turn it on. At last, we also have a handy trick if you are using iPhone 6 or earlier with iOS 12.

How to Download Apps Larger Than 200MB Over Cellular Data in iOS 13 or later

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.Open Settings app on iPhone running iOS 13
  2. Scroll down, and tap on iTunes and App Store. In iOS 14, it has been renamed to just App Store.
    Tap on iTunes and App Store in iOS 13 Settings
  3. Now, tap on App Downloads.Tap on App Downloads Under iTunes and App Store in iOS 13 Settings

Here you can see three options:

    • Always Allow: This option will download all the apps automatically using cellular data. When roaming, permission to download is always required
    • Ask If Over 200 MB: It will notify and ask you for permission to download apps over 200 MB
    • Ask First: And, it will always ask for permission to download apps, irrespective of their size

You can select any one option you wish and enjoy downloading apps over 200 MB without a Wi-Fi network.

Download Apps of up to 200 MB from App Store in iOS 13 on iPhone

If your device runs iOS 12, you can download apps up to 200 MB using cellular data on your iOS device. Though not definitive, there is a trick to bypass this restriction.

How to Download Apps Larger Than 200MB without WiFi in iOS 12

  1. First off, open App Store and head over to the app you wish to download. Then, tap on GET button. Next, confirm using your Face ID, Touch ID, or password.Tap on App Over 150 MB on App Store on iPhone or iPad
  2. Now, you will receive a notification saying “Connect to a Wi-Fi network to download [App name]” Don’t worry, tap on OK. Now, go to the Home screen.Tap on OK To Download App Over 150 MB on iPhone using Mobile Data
  3. The app icon should appear on your home screen until you connect to Wi-Fi.iPhone Home Screen with App Waiting to Download
  4. Next, launch Settings app → Tap on General.Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad
  5. Select Date & Time.Tap on Date & Time in iPhone Settings
  6. Next up, turn off the switch next to Set Automatically.Turn Off Set Date and Time Automatically on iPhone or iPad
  7. Now, tap the Date and then move it 1-2 days forward.Set Forward Date on iPhone or iPad to Download App Over 150MB Over Mobile Data

That’s done!

This is how you can effortlessly get large apps using mobile data. Useful apps like Uber (280+ MB), Lyft (245 MB), and more are over 200 MB in size. Earlier, if you were outside (without Wi-Fi) and needed these apps, you could be in a soup. Thankfully, now you can install such essential (emergency) apps even when you do not have a wireless connection. Next, you may like to see our list of the best security apps for the iPhone and iPad.

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The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.