How to check iPhone data usage

How to Check Cellular Data Usage on iPhone and iPad

In most parts of the world, cellular data plans are costly, and there is a cap on the data limit. Once you cross your usages, the additional charges are very high. To ensure you do not pay a hefty fee, you should regularly check your cellular data usage on your iPhone or iPad.

Check Cellular Data Usage on iPhone

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or Cellular iPad.

Open Settings App on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Cellular and scroll a little. Under CELLULAR DATA, you will see the total data usage.

Check Cellular Data Usage on iPhone and iPad

When you look down, you will also find how much data an individual app has used.

This is how you can see your data usages without using any other app. But there is some additional information you should know.

#1. The tab for System Services shows the amount of mobile data used for performing various basic tasks and services on the system level of your iPhone. When you tap on it, you find how much cellular data Siri, Push Notifications, Software Updates, Backup, Documents & Sync, etc. have consumed.

Tap on System Services to View Mobile Data Consumed on iPhone

#2. Another tab for Personal Hotspot shows how much data has been used to provide internet access to your hotspot connected device. If you tap on it, you can see the device names.

Check Cellular Data Usage of Personal Hotspot Connected Devices on iPhone

#3. Uninstalled Apps tab lets you know how much cellular data was collectively consumed by apps that are no longer on your device.

View Mobile Data Used by Uninstalled Apps on iPhone

#4. If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, you will find a tab for Apps Only on Watch too. Neat!

See Mobile Data Usage of Apps Only for Apple Watch on iPhone

#5. Wi-Fi Assist is a handy feature that, when turned on, automatically uses cellular data when the Wi-Fi connectivity is poor. If you have a limited plan, make sure to turn Wi-Fi Assist off.

Turn Off Wi-Fi Assist on iPhone

#6. If you turn on the toggle for iCloud Drive, then your mobile data will be used to transfer documents and data when the iPhone isn’t connected to Wi-Fi. Since my plan has unlimited data, I have this toggle turned ON.

Enable iCloud Drive to Use Cellular Data on iPhone

Reset Statistics for Cellular Data Usage on iPhone

If you have a monthly plan, like most of us, it is a good idea to reset the mobile data usages statistics on the initial day on your data plan’s term. It most likely will be the first of every month. Once you reset it, you will be able to track and know your usage for the month precisely. To do so:

Go to the end of the Cellular menu list (step #2 above) and tap Reset StatisticsReset Statistics.

Reset Statistics for Cellular Data Usage on iPhone

How to Turn off Mobile Data for Individual Apps on iPhone

iOS also provides you with the flexibility to turn off mobile data for individual apps. For example, you may turn off cellular data for apps that you believe hog data like Facebook.

Additionally, if you do not want to receive a message on WhatsApp or such messaging apps as you had a brief, temporary argument with someone close, you may turn off mobile data for that messaging app. So, no incoming messages there. But you can use everything else on your iPhone. People in relationships, at times, find it useful. You get the idea, right!

Wrapping up…

So this is how you can effortlessly check data usages on iPhone and iPad. Besides this, some operators enable additional options to track usages on this screen. World’s biggest data carrier, India’s Reliance Jio, does this. It allows some options of its own on this mobile data screen.

Check Option in Mobile Data for Jio Users on iPhone

Note: It is possible that if your usages are shown inside the Carrier tab (like Jio), then you might not see the usual iPhone options like CELLULAR DATA: Current Period and Current Period Roaming.

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