Over the course of my University days I sometimes heard complaints about how to reduce iPhone cellular data usage from iPhone users.
I thus deduced that coupled with the high cost of purchasing iPhones and also not forgetting their data bundles, not knowing how to reduce iPhone cellular data usage was bound to be a deal killer.
So if you’re one of those looking for such information, consider the following DIYs from RicheeTech below and tell us if they worked or you.
#1. Turn off mobile data usage for itunes and App Store downloads.
One very effective way to reduce iPhone cellular data usage is to “disuade” your iPhone from using your mobile data when you’re away from a Wi-Fi signal. As such, you won’t witness any automatic downloads that’ll sap your data without your permission.
Simply go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn off Use Mobile Data.
#2. Find out which apps are using the most data.
Much like I can find out which apps are using the most battery resources on my smartphone, so you can find out which internet-enabled apps are consuming the most data. Simply go to Settings> Mobile Data.
Here, you’ll find a series of buttons beside the apps that are consuming too much data. Toggle off/on according to your data preference.
#3. Disable some apps from refreshing in the background.
Another amazing way to reduce iPhone cellular data usage is to prevent some internet-enabled applications from auto-refreshing in the background without your consent thereby utilizing mobile data whenever they like.
Mind you however that certain apps, especially some instant messaging apps that need to load up new messages and friends’ activities in the background need to auto-refresh.
So, to disable the ones that don’t need this, simply go over to Settings > General > Background and toggle off/on to your specifications.
#4. Don’t stream music and videos. Download.
Let me break it down: if it takes you 3MB to download your favorite Reekardo Banks’ song once and for all, how much (in megabytes) do you think it’ll take to stream the same song if it’s say, 3mins 50secs?
Definitely not 3MB. Same goes for videos on YouTube, Dailymotion or Hulu.
For Apple music, go to Settings > Music > Streaming & Downloads to take care of this.
#5. Fetch your emails less frequently.
Reduce iPhone cellular data usage by manually fetching your emails rather than automating the process (by fetching I mean auto-refreshing your new emails, but Apple apparently prefares it’s own vocabulary).
It’s logic. The less the fetching, the less the data consumed. Go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch New Data.
Be sure to first turn off the Push function as doing this will allow you the luxury of manually choosing when to refresh new emails.
#6. Safari’s reading list.
Just about the only feature I love about using Opera Mini is the feature to save pages offline. This helps a lot to reduce iPhone cellular data usage because the data you’d have used to read several articles would virtually disappear.
The other option is to simply turn off your data and read the page but then not only will you spend unnecessary time, you also can’t re-visit the page if you want to at a later date without again spending data.
Here’s a screenshot of my own saved offline pages on Opera Mini.
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