I have iPhone 5c running latest iOS 8 update.

I know how to restrict certain apps from accessing internet when using cellular data.

I want to know if its possible to do same when Wi-Fi is turned on.

Question: Is there any way to restrict certain apps from using Wi-Fi on iOS 8?

Addition to my question above: I want to restrict messenger apps like WhatsApp and Line from accessing internet when my phone is using Wi-Fi connection? (I know its possible to do above when I am using cellular data).


On stock ( or as some people call it vanilla ) iOS it is not quite possible.

However, if your device is jailbroken, then you can use some tweaks to make it possible. Firewall iP7 allows you to monitor all applications & decide whether to allow or deny any outgoing connection.

  • Sorry to say but my device is not jailbroken. Thanks anyways. – I-M-JM Oct 16 '15 at 11:41
  • Just for the sake of completeness, the "Protect my Privacy" app from Cydia can also do this. As can a new tweak, "ConditionalWiFi". – newenglander Aug 19 '16 at 7:23

I'm sorry for it's not possible but you can disabled the app from running. These are the steps to follow:

Go to General,

Click on Restrictions,

Enter your device password,

Switch off the App you want to disconnect.

I use it to stop Facebook from consuming Data at the background.


I know it'a a old thread. But it's possible to restrict WiFi or Cellular data for all the apps on your iPhone. but it's only possible on iPhones sold in China. They have an extra option called "Apps using WLAN & Cellular" in WiFi section. thre you can control the apps from accessing data on WiFI or Cellular. If you don't want that app to access data, there is "Off" option and the app can't access data on cellular or WiFi.

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