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.
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).
Step #2. Toggle off the switch next to the app which you no longer want to use data.
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.
Step #3. Toggle off the switch next to Location Services.
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.
Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh.
Step #3. Toggle off the switch.
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.
Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Use Cellular Data.
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.
Step #2. Tap on iCloud Drive.
Step #3. Scroll down and turn off the switch next to Use Cellular Data.
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.
Step #2. Scroll down and turn off the switch next to Wi-Fi Assist.
Prevent Mail App from Loading Remote Images
Prevent Mail app from loading stuff in the background.
Step #1. Open Settings app → “Mail.”
Step #2. Under Messages, toggle the switch next to “Load Remote Images.”
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.
Step #2. Tap on Cellular Data.
Step #3. Turn off the switch.
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.
Step #2. Toggle on the switch next to Low Data Usage.
Reign in Facebook
Step #1. Open Facebook → More → Settings → Account Settings.
Step #2. Tap on Videos and Photos → Video Settings → Auto-play.
Step #3. Now, select “On Wi-Fi Connections Only” or “Never Auto-plays Videos.”
Get the Perfect Control of Instagram
Step #1. Open Instagram → Tap on Profile Icon → Gear icon.
Step #2. Tap on Mobile Data Use.
Step #3. Toggle on the switch next to Use Less Data.
Check Out Twitter
Step #1. Open Twitter → Profile view → Gear icon.
Step #2. Tap on Settings.
Step #3. Tap on Data.
Step #4. Now, you have to select “Never play videos automatically” or “Use Wi-Fi only.”
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.