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How to reduce mobile data in iOS

Disable specific iOS apps from using mobile data

Apps are pretty awesome. What’s not awesome is apps that decide, without any input from you, that your cellular data connection is their personal plaything. We’re looking at you, Snapchat. But fear not, there are ways to reduce mobile data in iOS.

iOS lets you choose which apps will work when you’re on-the-go, and which ones will stay dormant until you find yourself back in a Wi-Fi connected environment. This feature is particularly handy for those who are bandwidth conscious or prone to accidentally hitting the wrong app icon (we’ve all been there).

But wait, you ask, isn’t not opening the app enough? Sort of. While iOS’s background application management is designed to put the app completely to sleep, some apps will continue talking with their servers for status updates (like new e-mail, message notifications, etc). In terms of data used, these are minor updates. But they do add up towards your monthly data usage – so why not turn them off if they’re not essential?

So if you’re wondering how to reduce mobile data in iOS by controlling which iOS apps use cellular data, follow today’s two-step Ting tip. You’ll be well on your way to saving your mobile data for more important matters (like streaming cat videos).

Using Android? Here’s how to control which apps use background data.

How to reduce mobile data in iOS? Control which iOS apps use cellular data

Open Settings and tap Cellular. Scroll down to Cellular Data and disable the app(s) you don’t want to connect to mobile data.

How to control which iOS apps use cellular data

Track your monthly usage

While we’re on the topic of data management, you can get a detailed breakdown of how much data iOS’ services have used up-to-this-point.

At the top of the Cellular Data section (where you’ve just managed your apps) you’ll see your Current Period and how much data you’ve used.

To keep track of your monthly usage, scroll down to the bottom of your list of apps and tap Reset Statistics. Check in over the next 30 days to see how you’re doing.

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