How to Turn Off Cellular Data for Specific Apps on iPhone and iPad

Did you know that it’s possible to turn off cellular data for specific apps on iPhone and iPad? For the most part, you don’t need to prevent certain apps from using mobile data. But this iOS 13 feature is useful if and when you are on a limited data plan. Surprisingly, we can use this trick to block ads in iPhone games too. If this sounds interesting, let’s dig in and learn more.

How to Disable Cellular Data for Certain Apps in iOS 13

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on Cellular.
  3. Scroll down. Under CELLULAR DATA, you will see a list of apps.
  4. To turn off mobile data for specific apps, tap the toggle next to them.Tap on Cellular and Turn OFF Cellular Data for App on iPhone
  5. Similarly, you may also disable cellular data for iCloud Drive.Disable cellular data for iCloud Drive on iPhone

When you turn off the switches for the apps, cellular data will be turned off for those apps alone while it will be available for others. This comes in handy when, say, you want to make sure you have access to mail, but you don’t want Apple Music, Facebook, WhatsApp, or any other app to be fetching data.

How to Completely Restrict Cellular Data for Specific Apps

  1. open the Settings app and tap on Cellular.Open Settings and Tap on Cellular on iPhone
  2. Scroll down and under CELLULAR DATA, turn off the toggle for all or specific apps.Turn Off Cellular Data for Specific Apps on iPhone
  3. Now, enable Restrictions. For this, tap on Screen Time in the Settings app → Content & Privacy Restrictions.
    Open Settings Tap on Screen Time and Then Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Next, enable Content & Privacy Restrictions.
    Turn ON Content & Privacy Restrictions on iPhone
  5. Tap on Cellular Data Changes → select Don’t Allow.
    Restrict Cellular Data with Screen Time on iPhone
  6. Now go back to Cellular Data in the Settings app. You will see that toggle for all apps is disabled. Now mobile data is restricted for all these apps. It can not be changed by anybody, except you.Restrict Cellular Data Completely on iPhone

To allow cellular data access to these apps, follow the steps above to turn off Content & Privacy Restrictions. Then switch on the toggle for all the apps under Cellular settings.

That’s all, mate.

This is how you can turn off cellular data for specific apps. From now on, these apps will be able to connect to the internet only when you use Wi-Fi. Of course, you can undo it and allow access to cellular data whenever required too.

Finally, if you’re curious to know, the numbers in MB or GB that you see below each app is the amount of mobile data that the particular app has used since the last reset.

I hope this quick guide was helpful. If you have a question, please let me know in the comment box below.

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