Tricks to save data on the iPhone with iOS 10


As the years go by, mobile data rates are increasing in capacity, but even so, surely on more than one occasion we have managed to end the month with our data rate and have had to make use of it at a speed so low that we want to call the operator to change the rate or hire a few additional megabytes to be able to finish the month in conditions. Every time Apple releases a new version of its operating system for mobiles and tablets, It is usually accompanied by some new functions that, without realizing it, increase the cost of our data.

In this article we are going to try to offer you several tips so that our rate does not disappear quickly.

How to save mobile data with the iPhone in iOS 10

Turn off iCloud mobile data

One of the most important functions of iOS is iCloud, which offers us the possibility of synchronizing all our data on all the devices of the company based in Cupertino associated with the same account. Many of the applications that we have installed on our device make use of iCloud to save backup copies or synchronize our data.

iCloud offers us two options to synchronize the information: through Wi-Fi or through our mobile data. By default iCloud activates the synchronization with our mobile data, a function that we can deactivate through Settings> iCloud> iCloud Drive, and deactivating the Use mobile data tab.



Notifications appear in our terminal when there is any change within the application, be it an email, message, update ... These changes logically come from the internet and if we are not connected to a Wi-Fi network and if we have many applications that send us notifications , it may become a problem with our data rate.

Disable automatic updates from iTunes and the App Store

Another of the functions that are activated natively, are the automatic downloads of applications and updates. As a general rule when the applications do not exceed 100 MB, can be updated and downloaded through our mobile data rate, which can be a significant expense in our data rate, especially if we have many applications installed on our device.

For, disable automatic updates and downloads from iTunes and the App Store We go to Settings> iTunes Store and App Store and deactivate the Use mobile data tab.

Turn off Wi-Fi Assist

Disable WiFi Assist

This was one of the new functions that came from the hand of iOS 9, a function that has its usefulness in certain cases, but in most of them, it is more harmful than beneficial for our data rate. This function allows to enable mobile data when we are connected to a weak Wi-Fi signal without us noticing, which can mean that our rate runs out quickly.

For, turn off Wi-Fi Assist We will go to Settings> Mobile data and uncheck the Wi-Fi Assistance tab.

Disable data usage for some apps and games

It is likely that when we start to check the expenditure made by each application or game that has internet access, we have not hit a scare when we see how a certain app or game is taking our rate. If we do not usually use that application or We do not need you to use our data rate, we can deactivate it by preventing you from using our rate and only using the Wi-Fi connection of our iPhone or iPad.

For, disable internet access for apps or games, we go to Settings> Mobile data. Within this option will appear all the applications and the consumption that they have made at that time of our data rate.

Background updates

Disable Background Update

Although it is true that the usefulness of this function is ideal, since at all times the applications that make use of this function are always updated every time we open them, It is a real headache for both our battery and our data mobiles. Facebook is a clear example of an application that drinks our battery and our mobile data in equal measure.

Fortunately we can restrict which apps can be updated in the backgroundAccording to our interest or we can deactivate them all completely, in this way both the data and the battery will last longer. To deactivate them, we just have to go to Settings> General> Update in the background.

Turn off mobile data from Apple Music

Custom Apple Music Playlists

Apple's streaming music service, which already has 17 million subscribers, allows us to listen to music through our data rate. Although it is true that the consumption is not excessive for the quality it offers, we can deactivate the use of our data, listen to music, update the library and upload illustrations. For disable Apple Music data usage, we will go to Settings> Music> Mobile data.

Modify the streaming quality of streaming applications such as Spotify, Netflix

A very effective option to save mobile data is to limit the streaming quality of music and video applications such as Spotify, Netflix, HBO or to deactivate them directly ... As a general rule and by default, quality is set to automatic, but these applications allow us to modify the quality of reproduction if we do not want to deactivate its use through the data.

Use the option Share the internet with knowledge

One of the options that users use a lot is the possibility of being able to share the mobile data of the iPhone with our iPad or computer. This option is ideal when we are in an area without Wi-Fi and the device we are using requires an internet connection. For specific cases it is ideal, but if we make excessive use, our data rate can end quickly.

Use Google Chrome to navigate

Google Chrome iOS

Unlike Safari, Google Chrome has an option to reduce the consumption of mobile data while browsing. When we activate the Data Saver, most web traffic goes through Google's servers before downloading to the device. Google servers compress this data so less of it is downloaded.

For, activate this option which by default is activated only for Wi-Fi connections, we go from within the application to Settings> Bandwidth and click on Preload web pages to display the available options: Always, Only on Wi-Fi or Never.

Use the Opera Mini browser

Opera is another browser that also allows us toreduce the consumption of our mobile data while we sail. In fact, it is designed primarily for that function.

Don't clear your browsers cache

In order to save space on our devices, clearing the cache can allow us to save a large amount of space, but goes against data consumptionSince the web pages that we visit the most, have to reload most of the fixed elements of the web, data that is normally kept on the device to speed up the loading of them.

Disable automatic video playback on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook Office

The mania that some companies have automatically activate video playback while we are using the app it seems to have no end. Facebook and Twitter are the applications that by default have the option activated by default, but fortunately we can deactivate it so that the reproduction of the videos only takes place when we are on a Wi-Fi network.

Delete the Instagram and Facebook application

Mark Zuckerberg's applications, Instagram and Facebook, is not only a battery drain but it is also a black hole through which a large amount of data goes, despite the fact that we deactivate the automatic playback of videos on Facebook, according to I have recommended you in the previous point. On Instagram this application is aware of the data consumption but instead of optimizing it, allows us to vary the settings so you use less data.

Disable automatic downloads on WhatsApp, Telegram, Line ...


Throughout the day we receive a large number of videos, photos and GIFs, depending on the application (WhatsApp still does not offer it). If we have automatic download enabled, as the days go by, our data rate may be seriously affected. Fortunately we can disable what type of content can be downloaded automatically and which is not. The best option is to deactivate the automatic download of videos, since it is the type of file that can consume the most data from our rate.

Install Onavo Extend

Onavo Extend helps you save mobile data so you can spend more time doing what you like to do on the phone but without increasing your bill. After installing the app, it works in the background when you use mobile data to figure out how to save. Onavo Extend downloads the images when you scroll to them, so that you do not use valuable data in images that you may not see, it balances the quality of the images and the saving of data according to your configuration, it is automatically disabled when you connect to a Wi-Fi network. Fi. The operation of this application is very similar to that of Chrome since all the information goes through the company's servers.

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  1.   Bubo said

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    Does it happen to someone?

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