Is there any way to disable all the background applications except WhatsApp for cellular connections? I have WhatsApp plan only from my carrier, I want to only use WhatsApp when I turn on the cellular connection. I dont see WhatsApp / Facebook or main apps in cellular section "Use cellular data for" but only default apple apps.

How to disable for cellular only?

  • Can you provide a screenshot of the "Use Cellular Data For" section looks like? Commented May 9, 2016 at 1:17
  • Firstly, are you saying that if you go to Settings -> Cellular, under Use Mobile Data For, Facebook and Whatsapp aren't shown there even though they are installed? Secondly, unfortunately there is no way to turn off system use of data. You can turn off every other app's data usage (providing it shows in that list of course!), but not the system services.
    – Tim Malone
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 3:39
  • @Peanut i have shared the images
    – Shan Khan
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 9:31
  • @TimMalone - i have shared the images , you can see that whatsapp is present in background app section but not in cellular app section, thanks for letting me know that i cant disable system services but at least these should be disabled in cellular
    – Shan Khan
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 9:32
  • @ShanKhan Weird, I've never seen that before! I don't suppose you can try uninstalling and reinstalling Whatsapp?
    – Tim Malone
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 9:58

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In the Settings menu, once you've scrolled past Twitter/Facebook/Flickr/Vimeo, you can see all of your installed apps. Tap any app, and you can uncheck Background App Refresh and Cellular Data individually. Do that for every app except WhatsApp, and you should be set!

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