Control which iOS apps use cellular data

By Paul Stachniak


Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

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.

Thankfully, 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?

Follow today’s two-step Ting tip to help save your mobile data for more important matters (like streaming cat videos).

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

Step 1

Open Settings and tap Cellular.

Step 2

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


And 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 by scrolling to the bottom and tapping System Services. 

If you want to track your monthly usage, simply click Reset Statistics at the bottom of the Cellular page and check back after 30 days.

Find this tip useful? Have anything to add? Share what you think in the comments!

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