My data consumption generally doesn’t exceed beyond 3-4GB a month. However, I was really surprised to see my one month pack being completely exhausted within a fortnight on my iPhone yesterday. When I dig deep into the root cause of the issue, I soon discovered the reasons that led to the unusual data consumption.

Data hungry features like Location Services, Background App Refresh were found to be the wrecker-in-chief. However, some apps like Facebook and Instagram played spoilsport as well. Luckily, I was able to cut down the mobile data consumption using some handy tips.

How to Save Cellular Data on iPhone in iOS 10

Is your iPhone also eating into plenty of mobile/cellular data recently? Follow these tips to reduce it.

Tips and Tricks to Save Cellular/Mobile Data Usage in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Turn Off Cellular Data When Not in Use

I know it’s a funny little thing which you already know. But, following it properly can help you fix the rapid cellular data consumption.

Allow Only Selected Apps to Use Your Cellular Data

Make sure to allow only selected apps to use data. It has always been one of the game changer tricks for me in fixing the fast data usage. So, give it a try.

Step #1. Tap on Settings → Cellular (Mobile in some cases).

Tap on Settings Then Cellular on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Toggle off the switch next to the app which you no longer want to use data.

Turn On Mobile Data for Selected Apps Only

Disable Location Services

One of the easiest tricks to prevent fast data consumption is to use Location Services only when it’s needed.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Privacy.

Tap on Settings Then Privacy on iPhoneStep #2. Tap on Location Services.

Tap on Location Services on iPhone

Step #3. Toggle off the switch next to Location Services.

Turn Off Location Services on iPhone

Turn Off Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is known to consume not just a lot of power but also data. Hence, it’s better to turn it off.

Step #1. Open Settings app → General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone 7 Plus

Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.

Tap on Background App Refresh in iOS 10 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Toggle off the switch.

Turn Off Background App Refresh in iOS 10 on iPhone

Disable Auto-Downloads and Updates Using Cellular Data

Disabling auto-downloads and updates can be good for the health of your cellular data as well.

Step #1. Open Settings app → iTunes & App Store.

Tap on Settings Then iTunes & App Store in iOS 10 on iPhone

Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Use Cellular Data.

Turn Off Mobile Data for iTunes and App Store

Turn off Cellular Data for iCloud

When you are not connected to Wi-Fi, your iOS device uses the cellular network in order to transfer documents and data.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → iCloud.

Tap on Settings then iCloud on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on iCloud Drive.

Tap on iCloud Drive in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Scroll down and turn off the switch next to Use Cellular Data.

Turn Off Mobile Data for iCloud Drive

Disable Wi-Fi Assist

Whenever there is poor Wi-Fi, your iPhone automatically uses cellular data. Turning off Wi-Fi Assist can be a good idea.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Cellular.

Tap on Settings Then Cellular on iPhone in iOS 10

Step #2. Scroll down and turn off the switch next to Wi-Fi Assist.

Turn Off Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 10

Prevent Mail App from Loading Remote Images

Prevent Mail app from loading stuff in the background.

Step #1. Open Settings app → “Mail.”

Tap on Settings Then Mail in iOS 10 on iPhone

Step #2. Under Messages, toggle the switch next to “Load Remote Images.”

Turn Off Load Remote Images in Mail on iPhone

Stop Using Cellular Data for Apple Music

Make sure not to use cellular data for updating your library as well as loading the artwork.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Music.

Tap on Settings Then Music in iOS 10 on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Cellular Data.

Tap on Cellular Data in Music Settings in iOS 10

Step #3. Turn off the switch.

Turn Off Cellular Data for Apple Music

Send Low-Quality Images

If you communicate with your friends using a lot of images, it’s better to send low-quality images. It will help you conserve a lot of data.

Use Apps Smartly

Now, it’s time to use apps smartly and prevent them from consuming your data.

Check Out What’s App Calling

Step #1. Open WhatsApp → Settings tab → Data Usage.

Tap on Settings Then Data Usage in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Toggle on the switch next to Low Data Usage.

Turn On Low Data Usage in WhatsApp on iPhone

Reign in Facebook

Step #1. Open Facebook → More → Settings → Account Settings.

Tap on Account Settings in Facebook on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Videos and PhotosVideo Settings Auto-play.

Tap on Videos and Photos in Facebook Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Now, select “On Wi-Fi Connections Only” or “Never Auto-plays Videos.”

Turn Off Video Autoplay for Facebook on iPhone

Get the Perfect Control of Instagram

Step #1. Open Instagram → Tap on Profile Icon → Gear icon.

Tap on Gear Icon in Instagram on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Mobile Data Use.

Tap on Cellular Data Use in Instagram on iPhone

Step #3. Toggle on the switch next to Use Less Data.

Turn On Use Less Data in Instagram

Check Out Twitter

Step #1. Open Twitter → Profile view → Gear icon.

Tap on Gear Icon in Twitter on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Settings.

Tap on Settings in Twitter on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Data.

Tap on Data in Twitter Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Now, you have to select “Never play videos automatically” or “Use Wi-Fi only.”

Disable Video Auto Play in Twitter on iPhone

Use Travel Mode in Snapchat

There is a feature called Travel Mode in Snapchat, which can let you save mobile on your iOS device.

That’s it! Hopefully, these tips help you reduce the data consumption on your iOS device.

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