How to Reduce iPhone Data Usage


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How to Reduce iPhone Data Usage

There is a number of iPhone features that use  your monthly data surprisingly more without your knowledge. To help lessen iPhone data usage and keep your monthly phone account under control, the phone repair experts at iSamurai have a few suggestions to aid you.

Five Tips to Reduce iPhone Data Usage

Are you continuously running out of your monthly data. Try out these tips to reduce your data usage and avoid over usage fees.

Check Apps Using your Cellular Data

If your data bills have increased recently, the first thing to check is your app settings. Go to “Settings” > “Cellular.” From there, you will see a list of apps in descending order of data usage for the current billing period. If you find any apps using a significant amount of cellular data, consider toggling those apps off.

Turn Off Background App Refresh

To ensure you get the latest news when you open an app, iOS automatically enables a feature called Background App Refresh. While this feature is great for keeping you up-to-date, it can quickly eat away at data without your knowledge. Turn off Background App Refresh entirely, or choose which apps automatically refresh in the background by going to “Settings” > “General” > “Background App Refresh.”

Prevent Downloads When off Wi-Fi

Another simple way to reduce iPhone data usage is preventing downloads when you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi. To prevent your device from using cellular data to download movies, apps, music and more, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Then, toggle “Use Cellular Data” to off.

Review Social Media Settings

Social media apps use an enormous amount of data to keep your newsfeed up-to-date with the latest photos, videos, and news. If you’re guilty of scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or other social media apps throughout the day, you’re likely eating away at your monthly data. Be sure to review the following settings in your social media apps to limit your data usage.

  • Facebook: In the Facebook app, go to “Settings” > “Account Settings” > “Videos and Photos.” Then, turn off the Autoplay option or set to Autoplay only when connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Instagram: In the Instagram app, go to “Settings > “Cellular Data Use.” Then, select “Use Less Data.” By selecting this option, photos and videos may take longer to load but data usage should reduced a considerable amount.
  • Twitter: In the Twitter app, go to “Settings and Privacy” > “Data usage.” Then, turn off Autoplay and image previews. You also have the option only to play videos when your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Snapchat: In the Snapchat app, go to “Settings” > “Additional Services” > “Manage.” Then, turn on “Travel Mode” to reduce data usage when you’re out and about. You may also consider turning off Smart Backup to avoid backing up memories when you’re off Wi-Fi.


If you want to know more about data usage or any issues with your iPhone. Give us a call or mail us at iSamurai. We would love to help.

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