November 14, 2021

As time progresses, phone plans seem to be getting larger and larger to suit changing needs as we chew through more and more mobile data. With many people choosing to rely on mobile data more than WiFi they are tending to switch to an unlimited data plan. 

Switching to an unlimited data plan can be a costly upgrade if you are finding yourself running out before the month is up. However, with a few simple adjustments to how you use and manage your data, you may be able to maximise your plan better and avoid having to move to an unlimited plan! 

Below we look at five ways to reduce your mobile data usage specifically on your iOS devices. 


5 Ways to Reduce Mobile Data Usage on iOS Devices:

1. Settings

The first and most significant way of reducing mobile data usage is through adjusting your settings! In your Cellular or Mobile Data settings you are able to control what apps use data when used. You can also track what apps are using the most mobile data across your entire phone. 

To reduce mobile data usage, simply go through the list of apps and disable apps that you do not want to use mobile data. These may be apps that regularly refresh in the background, such as mail or messages, or apps that you tend to stream videos off without thinking about mobile data. Going through all of your apps and disabling mobile data from as many as possible will significantly reduce your usage instantly. 


2. Offline Maps

One of the largest users of data is when you are running map apps such as Google Maps or the iOS Maps app. These both use a large amount of data if you are trying to load and follow maps often. 

However, you are able to pre-download a map and then follow it with your mobile data switched off. To do this, simply go to the maps app you are using and load the directions to where you are wanting to go before you leave WiFi range. Once you leave WiFi range the map will still be loaded and you can use it as normal! 


3. Offline Listening

Another major user of mobile data is music and podcast apps such as Apple Music and Spotify. Switching both of these apps to WiFi only mode will save you from accidentally downloading and streaming music using mobile data. 

Thankfully these apps allow you to download music or podcasts to listen later so you can still enjoy your favourite jams without the hassle of draining your mobile data! 


4. Turn Off Background App Refresh

Apps refreshing in the background can suck huge amounts of data without you even realising it! Thankfully this can be controlled easily in your general iOS settings. Just head to Settings > General > Background Refresh and then simply switch it off entirely or go through and individually select for different apps. 

You can also select to have this on for when your device is connected to WiFi only so that you can benefit from this feature some of the time! 


5. Resist Downloads

Downloading different items on you iOS device will suck data fast if you do not complete this when connected to WiFi. Many people look to download apps, videos, even entire movies when using mobile data, but this will use more data than you have! Resisting the temptation to download to your device until you are connected to WiFi will help you not to run out of data each month. 


Overall, decreasing mobile data usage on iOS devices can easily be achieved. The most important thing to do is to adjust your settings to ensure you are not using data without meaning too. If you are looking for more tips on how to use your mobile data best, get in touch with out DeXTech support team! We can give you advice on what apps tend to use more data than others and how to reduce your data usage best! 


Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 4s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: Do not hesitate to reach out!


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