2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-06-01 01:17
How to reduce the consumption of mobile traffic on a smartphone or tablet is a classic problem of the era of the mobile Internet, which is solved with varying success from year to year, as technologies develop and new services appear. We will tell you how to minimize traffic consumption when using iPhone below.
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1. How to track traffic consumption
Is there a problem of overspending at all? To do this, you need to know exactly how many bytes have flowed and arrived over the designated period of time, tied to the tariff plan, usually in a month. The desired numbers can be found along the path: Settings → Cellular in the section Cellular tariff statistics, the field "Current period", but there is one catch. iOS automatically counts traffic and summarizes old data with new ones, showing by default the values for the entire period of the gadget's operation.
This means that you will have to get into the habit of clicking on the "Reset statistics" button at the very bottom of this menu once a month and "start life from scratch."
Alternatively, you can use a third-party service, such as Traffic Accounting or Data Widget.
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2. How to calculate and disable applications responsible for the increase in traffic consumption
Here, in the Cellular data section, you can find statistics on the use of mobile traffic for each application installed on the iPhone.
Starting with iOS 7, the system has been trained to report, in detail, what specific applications were using cellular communication in their work. And to indicate the value of traffic shares in understandable units of measurement - kilobytes (KB) and megabytes (Mb), calculating the most "gluttonous" is easy. In order to show who the true owner of this iPhone is, we study the list of consumers and turn off the very best with royal gestures. In case of doubt, the switch can be moved to the other side at any time.
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3. Disable cellular data (2G, 3G, LTE)
Recommended method when traveling or for users with low monthly mobile traffic. You do not have to deal with a long list of applications that absorb the cellular Internet, and with one toggle switch (Settings → Cellular → Cellular data), turn off the cellular transmission (mobile traffic) completely.
There is no reason for concern, you probably will not be left without Internet access - Wi-Fi is not turned off by this toggle switch.
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4. Limit Instagram, Vkontakte, FaceTime and other social networks and messengers
Scrolling through the list of applications during Council 2, you will surely see this name among others, with far from symbolic numbers next to it. Is being ready to chat with your contact list every second really that important so as not to worry about paying for traffic? Then there is no point in doing further action - slide the switch to the "off" position, leaving only the Wi-Fi connection for FaceTime. One that is free in many cafes, offices and in the presence of frivolous neighbors. We do the same with the "gluttonous" Instagram, Skype and Vkontakte.
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5. Disable iCloud Drive sync
The option is designed with a good purpose, but in practice everything is not so simple - updating data in the cloud at every convenient moment does not so much help save files as catch up with traffic. Of course, for those who actively use the contents of the iWork package, automatic synchronization is vital all the time when working with documents.
Especially when it comes to real work and the corresponding responsibility, but after all, most iPhone owners do not store business files in iCloud at all, but all kinds of amusing garbage. And let it be all expensive, like memory, in the name of the great goal of minimizing traffic, you should go to Settings → Cellular and at the very bottom put the iCloud Drive switch to the off position, thereby prohibiting the system from using cellular communication to work with cloud storage.
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6. Block downloads from iTunes Store and App Store on cellular networks
The business world is cruel - we are forced to pay for content, for using virtual services and, in addition, for traffic. It is often redundant, and the question of the need to copy purchased files to all iOS gadgets is still a matter of debate. Meanwhile, the optimal solution is before our eyes - go to Settings → iTunes Store, App Store and turn off cellular traffic (switch Cellular data) for automatic downloads from the iTunes Store, App Store.
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7. Disable data roaming
That, on which many compatriots vacationing abroad got burned - downloaded clips, fashion hits, news from home and other benefits of the mobile Internet at the resort turn into millions of bills. Let it be an exaggeration, but not based on an empty space, but since this article is about minimizing traffic to reduce costs, it is absolutely not worth passing by this aspect.
The easiest way is to “take and cancel”, toggle the corresponding Data Roaming toggle switch to the “Off” position, located along the path Settings → Cellular → Data settings → Data roaming.
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8. Use Safari Offline
Many users like to save website pages for offline reading later. And you don't need to download third-party applications for this, you can use the standard Safari browser. For this:
1. Open Safari and load the desired web page;
2. Switch to reading mode by clicking on the special icon to the left of the URL;
3. On the toolbar, click on the "Share" button;
4. In the menu that appears, click on the option "Save PDF to iBooks";
5. After saving, the page will open in an easy-to-read iBooks application.
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9. Disable unnecessary notifications
In a huge, modern, volatile digital world, too many events are generated, even if you limit yourself to those that are indirectly related to you personally. Does it make sense to receive instant notifications about everything, just to tap the "Close" button in irritation? But each of them consists of many bytes that were transmitted over the network, overloading the already crowded communication channels - and this is what the traffic is spent on.
Without delay, go to Settings → Notifications and dispassionately disable applications one by one (switch Allow notifications), leaving only the vital ones, if there really are any.
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10. Block automatic mailbox updates
By default, iOS is happy to try to constantly check all attached addresses and download new letters to the smartphone's memory. Even if there is nothing worthwhile there or not a single one at all in the "Inbox" tab, the data exchange will still take place - a trifle, but the traffic still grows and grows.
The switches you are looking for are located here: Settings -> Accounts and Passwords -> Data Download.
Accordingly, as part of the program to minimize cellular traffic, we disable Push and set the Manual update for all our mailboxes, or, in extreme cases, the maximum value during Selection (in detail).
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11. Disable the Wi-Fi Assist option
The Wi-Fi Assist option turns off a weak Wi-Fi signal and uses the cellular network to download content. Sometimes this can play a cruel joke, for example, if you turn off Wi-Fi, you will not notice that the iPhone has started using expensive mobile traffic.
To turn off Wi-Fi Assist, open Settings → Cellular and scroll all the way down to see an option switch that needs to be set to Off.
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12. Disable downloading streaming music (Apple Music, Yandex. Music, etc.)
Downloading streaming music when you're away from Wi-Fi can also wreak havoc on your mobile traffic. Most services like Spotify and Apple Music have the option to restrict music downloads over Wi-Fi only. To do this in Apple Music, go to Settings → Music → Cellular Data and switch the toggle switch to the inactive position.
13. Disable background app updates
The reasoning of the developers is very simple, it is useless to distract the user for the sake of such a trifle as downloading a couple of hotfixes or a tiny update consisting of a couple of service files with hard-to-read names. Therefore, in iOS, all the action takes place gradually, in the background - in other words, uncontrollably, with a noticeable consumption of traffic. You can and should stop the process by moving the "Content update" switch along the Settings → General → Content update path.
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