Questions tagged [cellular-data]

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How to know if an iOS app does not access the internet via Wi-Fi or Cellular?

Is there a clear indicator that an app does not access the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular? For instance in the Settings App there is an entry for every app installed on iOS 13. There you find an app ...
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On iOS, is there any way to see what the “Documents & Sync” system service is using cellular data for?

I’m using iOS 13.2 on an iPhone X, and would like to drastically reduce the amount of cellular data my phone is using. In less than a month, my phone has used 10.7 GB of cellular data. 8.5 GB of that ...
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Why does my phone get stuck “Searching…” and requires a DFU reset?

I have an Iphone 8 plus, very well looked after, and about 3 months ago i changed my carrier. Two weeks ago, my phone "failed to activate mobile network" a few times, and i restarted it, which put it ...
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Why does my cellular data connection keep dropping on an iPhone?

I have an iPhone 6 and recently I have been having issues with my data. Either the connection randomly drops or becomes so slow its unusable. This is very frustrating because my iPhone's hotspot is ...
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I don't get group texts with cellular data off

I have an iPhone 6 running iOS 12.4.1. I have a paltry data plan ($$$), so I've turned off iMessage in Settings -> Messages. iMessages show up in blue in Messages app; regular text messages show up ...
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iPhone 7 - how to maximalize hotspot quality and stabize it

I use hotspot in my Iphone 7 for playing computer games. Ping is really important in Counter Strike, so i would like to stabilize my connection. Sometimes there is packet loss ~5%/10% and ping jumps ...
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WhatsApp calls on an iPhone and “data” and “minutes”

Am I right that if I use my iPhone (which I have not yet bought) to make a WhatsApp to WhatsApp call then the position is as follows? If I am using wifi, this activity does not incur charges (because ...
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Will I be able to use cellular data when i'm connected to another device via WiFi Direct?

If a phone is connected to another device through WiFi direct, will that connection prevent the phone from using cellular data? Edit: An iPhone is connected to a dash cam using WiFi Direct (the dash ...
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iPhone using cellular data even if disabled

I'm currently abroad and my carrier is charging absurd fees for data plan. I decided to turn off completely cellular data and rely only on WiFi but my iPhone is still using few KBs of data every day. ...
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Limit iPad data when tethered to iPhone (iOS equivalent of “Trip Mode” or “Little Snitch”)

I am using an old iPhone to create a Wi-Fi hotspot when I need to work at my cabin. I found "Trip Mode" for limiting data usage from my MacBook; however, my iPad seems to be a little data-hog. Is ...
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Remote call from another phone

I am in US now and I need to call Ukraine, it would be way too expensive as I need to make a lot of calls (business related). I have a friend in Ukraine so I though if there was a way to connect my ...
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iPhone 5s slow to connect to cellular network, sometimes disconnects spontaneously

iPhone 5s, iOS 12.1.4 We're from the US, and now traveling in New Zealand. Our US cell provider is MVNO Ting, on our phones using Sprint's CDMA network. Overseas in GSM territory, the phones connect ...
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Airplaying: consumption of mobile data?

If I create a Personal Hot Spot Wi-Fi (on an iPhone 8 with iOS 12.1.3), connect an Apple TV 4k to that Wi-Fi, will I incure mobile data usage if I airplay to the Apple TV using previously downloaded ...
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Does Automatic Downloads on iPhone 6 use cellular data on international roaming?

Under Automatic Downloads for iTunes & App Stores, there's a setting for downloading app Updates. Does it use cellular data while on international roaming?
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Automatic downloads in iTunes & App stores UPDATES on

In my iPhone 6 iTunes and App stores there is automatic downloads in which my Updates are on. Can I keep these Updates on or shall I turn off to prevent mobile data usage on roaming, or will these ...
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iPhone 6: Mobile data activation when on international roaming

I am travelling to a different country. I'll be turning on my iPhone only after landing in the visiting country. I'll be turning off my iPhone before I leave my country and will be turning it on ...
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WhatsApp calls with background data disabled

With Mobile Data and background app refresh turned off, can WhatsApp receive a call while the Wi-Fi is enabled, and the iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi access point with active Internet connection? If ...
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Use SIM card on international roaming only for voice calls (sans mobile data)

I would like to know whether I can use my iPhone 6 with Pakistani SIM card to make and receive phone calls while roaming in UK. I would not like to consume any mobile data (for Internet/background ...
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Phone App in Mobile Data settings

Why can I disable/enable Mobile Data for "Phone"? Are there any public mobile network providers transmitting voice that way? Can voice "channel" get broken along with data "channel" still functioning?
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Prevent mobile data being turned off

Does anyone know how to prevent mobile data being turned off on an iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. I want to ensure my daughters data is not able to be turned off at any time. their other parent turns off the ...
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Why am I seeing a big blank circle instead of cellular data indicator on iPad?

Since last night, and all of a sudden, I’m starting to see an awkward big circle replacing the cellular data signal indicator on my iPad Mini 3. The circle only shows up with the cellular data turned ...
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Is iPhone X (model A1901) totally useless in China?

This is a screenshot from the device that I have: I was doing research which Chinese operator is compatible with my device. iPhone X - Technical Specifications - https://support.apple.com/kb/SP770 ...
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iPhone No Service with warning icon

I have an iPhone 7, after updating iOS 12, it loses cellular signal, displays No Service with a warning icon. And an alert said: Cellular update failed Your iPhone cannot make and recieve calls ...
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Slow website loss times on Google.com and apple.com

I've noticed that recently when I try to use Google products or (more specifically) try to access apple.com, there are slow 30-60 second wait times or no load whatsoever. This applies to all web ...
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Hacking via Terminal Shell Script [closed]

Is there a shell script that you can use to hack cell phones with just their number from your macOS? I ask because my phone was hacked with just the number and I am curious how it was done? This may ...
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How to change carrier on iPad 2nd generation?

I have a 2nd generation iPad which has both WiFi and Cellular connection. It is an iPad that I was using during a few years that I was living in Japan and has a Japanese phone company cellular ...
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Limit cellular data usage on iOS

I have a cellular data contract which offers me a very small amount of data every month. Going over this data limit causes me to automatically be charged for an extra gigabyte, which I want to avoid. ...
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How does GPRS icon look like in iOS 11? (screenshot)

How does GPRS icon look like on iPhone with iOS 11? I would like to see some screenshot of it.
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Does turning off cellular data significantly improve battery life?

I almost always turn off cellular data when I lock the screen. I only turn it on when I’m using internet. But it’s annoying to do that almost every time. Does it worth the trouble?
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Extremely High DNS Data Usage (GBs per Month)

My iPhone was using > 2GB a month in data, and 99% of it was due to DNS. Consistently I was chewing up 50-100MB in data per day. I would go to Cellular->System Services->DNS and see very little ...
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Priority of cellular data versus USB/Bluetooth sharing of Mac’s internet connection on iOS

An iOS device such as iPhone or iPad can share the internet connection of a Mac by either connecting with a USB cable or connecting via Bluetooth, as discussed in this Question. If I want to be sure ...
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Would it be possible to turn the field test into an app?

When you dial 3001#12345# on an iPhone, it brings you to field test, which gives you cellular info and stuff like that. If I got the source code for this, would it be possible for me to turn it into ...
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If I factory reset my iPhone would it mess up my SIM contract?

I have an iPhone 6 and would like to know if I could factory reset my phone and still be able to use all my data, minutes, and texts as soon as I set the phone up again?
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No Data via Cellular iOS 10.2

I did a All Setting Reset and after the reset the data via cellular is not working ( 3G & LTE not showing in the status bar ) only via wireless , tried to reboot the device ,reset network setting ...
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iPhone 6s hotspot data usage [closed]

I have unlimited data on my mobile plan which includes a 30GB allowance per month for tethering. My allowance renews on the 27th of each month, but two days after my allowance renewed I received a ...
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I cannot connect to (specifically) google.com with any app using cellular data

All other websites work and can be quickly accessed, even youtube.com will load. google.com will simply not load at all when I try to connect to it over cellular data. It does work over Wi-Fi, however....
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Wrong carrier name

Two days ago I noticed that my iPhone 7 (iOS 11.2 Beta 4) switched to another (foreign) carrier. This hasn't happened in a long time but since I live near a border I thought it plausible and just ...
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After (exactly) 5-months, my cellular data usage logs reset to zero. What happened?

Starting on 06/26/2017, at the end of each day, I began logging the cellular data usage for each of my Apps and System Services in a spreadsheet. On 06/26 all the cellular usage was at 0-MB. On 11/26 ...
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iOS System Services > Time & Location uses excessive cellular data. Why? How to disable?

Since iOS 11 update I noticed that my iPhone 6s started to drain cellular traffic very fast. Before, I was able to keep within 500 MB per month but now 1 GB is not enough. I looked at the settings ...
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iOS 11: How to change DNS settings for cellular/mobile data?

Is it possible to change DNS for cellular internet? How can it be done without a jailbreak? I've tried Apple Configurator, but didn't find suitable settings.
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Can I buy an Apple SIM card if I’m not a resident of the country where it's sold?

Can Apple SIM cards be freely purchased, or are they tied to having an address in one of the thirteen countries where they are sold? I noticed an article on Mac Rumors that headlines “Truphone's Apple ...
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Can’t Install APN Profile

So my iPhone (6s, Verizon) became stuck in a boot loop and I had to restore it to a clean build of iOS 11.0.1 last night. I had no backups of it, because iTunes hasn’t worked with my iPhone for the ...
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Upgraded to iOS 11 iPhone 5S won't connect to data

I have an iPhone 5S that I upgraded to iOS 11 and now it will no longer connect to data when I have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off. My Carrier is T-Mobile and I have Wi-Fi Calling enabled.
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How do I turn off cellular data on certain apps with an iPhone 6

Many of my apps I barely use but still need use up some of my cellular data. I would like to turn the data of for certain apps, but as you can see in the picture it looks ,in a way, tinted. It won't ...
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How do I fix “could not activate cellular data network” problem when returning to US after traveling and using a different SIM card?

After traveling overseas (Vietnam & Japan) and using a SIM card for each country, I restored my AT&T SIM card into my iPhone and got: I tried the suggestions in https://support.apple.com/en-...
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iPad Air WiFi + Cellular, but no cellular settings? [duplicate]

I have an iPad Air 16gb I bought off a popular classifieds website. It was advertised as WiFi only, and in the settings there is only WiFi. But when I look up the serial number on Apple's site, it ...
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Login to AppStore over cellular data, jump on public wifi, download/install app is “safe”?

Is it "safe" to install an App as such: (1) using only a cellular data connection (wifi turned off) login to the App Store. (2) enable wifi. (3) connect to public wifi network. (4) disable cellular ...
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Is it possible to turn off both 3G and LTE and only use 2G on an iPhone?

Tomorrow, I am leaving the US and traveling internationally. I added Sprint's "Global Roaming" plan to my phone. The details of the plan are as follows: "Unlimited basic data with speeds up to 2G ...
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iPhone Internet connection problem analysis on phone network

I have a similar "Internet unreachable" problem with 3 different versions of iOS: 8, 9 & 10. Unfortunately I can't reproduce it. The same problem occurs with 2 different mobile phone operators. ...
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How can i turn mobile data on without going into the settings?

I have recently purchased an Iphone 5s, when i turn the mobile data on and off i have to go into the settings. Is there any way i can do it easier? I have tried flicking up from the top and bottom, ...