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If you don't have unlimited data included in the deal with your network provider, then you'll need to do everything you can to prevent precious data leakage. Using up your whole data allowance in a day, or receiving a shock in the form of your phone bill at the end of the month, are both nasties you'll want to avoid.
Turning off cellular data ensures your phone doesn't use the cellular network to send or receive data, forming a protective buffer around your data plan. Your phone will still connect to Wi-Fi networks, but if your signal drops out, it won’t automatically switch back to using cellular data.
You may want to turn it off altogether, or maybe just for certain apps. Either way, follow our simple step-by-step guide and watch the how-to video to see how easy it is to take control of your data usage.
How-To Video: Watch How (And Why) To Turn Off Cellular Data On Your iPhone
1. Turn Off Cellular Data
Simply tap Settings, then Cellular (Cellular Data if you’re using an iPad), then toggle Cellular Dataoff.
When you turn off cellular data, your data services like email, web browsing, push notifications etc will use Wi-Fi.
Bear in mind that you won’t be able to receive MMS messages, retrieve Visual Voicemail messages, or use Personal Hotspot.
2. Turn Off Data Roaming
As above, tap Settings, then Cellular (Cellular Data if you’re using an iPad), then toggle Data Roamingoff.
Data Roaming allows you to access the Internet over a cellular data network when you're in an area that isn't covered by your carrier's network. This is especially important when you're traveling abroad: turn off Data Roaming to avoid roaming charges.