How to Reduce Mobile Data Usage in TV App on iPhone and iPad

Want to stream videos in TV app on your iPhone but don’t want it to eat into a lot of cellular data? Check out these tips to save the Mobile/Cellular data usage.

Of course, the brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar rocked at the “Hello Again” event on October 27. But, there was an app called “TV” which hogged plenty of limelight as well.

Developed to let you enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and videos with complete freedom thanks to interesting features like Single Sign-On, TV app has hugely impressed me as well. Whenever I don’t have Wi-Fi connection, I use mobile data to stream videos. To avoid my data being consumed rapidly, I configure the settings as per need. Here is how I fine tune this entertainment app to eat less data on my iPhone. (To make your iPhone consume less data, head over to this guide.)

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How to Reduce Mobile Data Usage in TV App on iPhone

How to Save Cellular Data Usage in TV App on iPhone and iPad

Disable Cellular/Mobile Data Usage in TV App on iPhone and iPad

Note: TV app is currently available on iPhone and iPad running iOS 10.2 beta or tvOS 10.1 beta.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Scroll down and tap on TV.

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Tap on Settings Then TV on iPhone

Step #2. Now, toggle the switch next to Use Cellular Data for Playback.

Turn Off Cellular Data for Apple TV App on iPhone

Reduce Data Consumption While Watching Videos in TV App on iPhone and iPad

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If you are concerned about the fast data consumption, there is a way to reduce it by watching videos at a lower quality.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → TV.

Tap on Settings Then TV on iPhone

Step #2. Make sure that “Use Cellular Data for Playback” is turned ON.

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Turn On Cellular Data for TV App on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you need to tap on Celular under Playback Quality.

Tap on Cellular in TV App Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Now, Best Available is selected by default. You need to select, Good to let videos consume less data.

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Save Cellular Data for TV App on iPhone

How to Play Videos in Standard Definition in TV App on iPhone to Save Data

By default, videos are played in High Definition quality. However, if you wish to conserve data usage, you can choose Standard Definition.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → TV.

Tap on Settings Then TV on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Purchases and Rentals.

Tap on Purchases and Rentals in TV App on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you have two options-

  • High Definition
  • Standard Definition

Choose Standard Definition.

Use TV App in Standard Definitation on iPhone

That’s it!

I am very fond of the all new TV app. Do you know that you can easily enable Single Sign-On feature on your Apple TV as well? If no, check out this post.

If you have any question, do lets us know in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Also, don’t forget to download our app on your iDevice.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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