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.
How to Check Cellular Data Usage on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or Cellular iPad.
Step #2. Tap on Cellular and scroll a little. Under CELLULAR DATA, you will see the total data usage.
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.
#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.
#3. Uninstalled Apps tab lets you know how much cellular data was collectively consumed by apps that are no longer on your device.
#4. If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, you will find a tab for Apps Only on Watch too. Neat!
#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.
#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.
How to 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 Statistics → Reset Statistics.
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!
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.
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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