How to Stop iPhone Apps from Using Mobile Data On iOS 8

There have been many occasions when I am surprised to see the fast consumption of mobile data even when my iPhone is barely in use. My limited data pack ends much before the deadline making me wonder why it happens. Is there any way I can conveniently put an end to it?

Of course, you can! iOS 8 allows you to stop specific iPhone apps from using mobile data. This is a smart little but very effective trick that most of you might be aware of. However, those who are quite new to the iOS may not have discovered it as it is slightly hidden. Wish to uncover this well-known mystery? Let’s dive ahead!

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How to Stop iPhone Apps from Using Mobile Data

There may be quite a few apps, such as FaceTime and App Store which you might not be using more often. By disabling such apps from unnecessarily using mobile data, you can conserve plenty of cellular data on your iPhone. Willing to know how you can do it? Here you are.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on Mobile or Cellular.

Mobile-Cellular Settings on iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down, you will see all the apps listed under USE CELLULAR DATA FOR. Turn off the apps which you don’t want to use cellular data for.

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Stop iPhone Apps from Using Mobile Data

That’s done!

Henceforth, these apps won’t use cellular data. At any time, you wish to allow these apps to use mobile data, follow these above-mentioned steps and turn them on.

How to Turn off Background App Refresh on iPhone Running iOS 8

Background App Refresh is turned on by default on your iPhone. Apps refresh their content in the background with the use of Wi-Fi or cellular data. It’s one of the prime reasons why mobile data is eaten up unbelievably fast.

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Turning off Background App Refresh can save plenty of mobile data on your iPhone. Moreover, it can improve your iPhone battery life as well. Let’s check out!

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Background App Refresh and turn it off.

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Tap on Background App Refresh on iPhone

Turn Off Background App Refresh on iPhone

That’s done!

From now onwards, apps won’t refresh in the background.

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Hopefully, this trick should work for you perfectly. Do you know any other way of conserving mobile data on your iPhone? If yes, do share with us the comment below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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