Questions tagged [cellular-data]

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Can I manually reset Cellular network configuration without losing WiFi passwords?

I know I can reset network configuration, which: 1) resets cellular data, but 2) also removes all wifi passwords. Can I do #1 without #2? I mean to try that as a solution to No celullar signal after ...
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No celullar signal after replacing battery, if not updating iOS

I have an iPhone SE with iOS 13.6.1. I have been receiving notifications of available OS updates, but I could use it with no problem. Yesterday, I took it to a shop for a battery change. Upon turning ...
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FaceTime does not appear in "Apps Using WLAN & Cellular"

I downloaded FaceTime (latest but I don't know the version) on App Store. When I start it and click contact, it pops up "No Network Connection", "Allow FaceTime to access WLAN networks.&...
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What does "Documents and Synchronization" mean in cellular data usage?

Mobile data usage in iOS 14.5 settings keeps showing "System services" as using ridiculous amounts of data — this time "Documents and Synchronization" has used 2 GB for no ...
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Why is my iPhone SE 2 using mobile data when I am on Wi-Fi?

I am using an iPhone SE2 running iOS 14.8. I just got a data warning from my carrier saying I have reached my data quota. I checked my mobile data usage, and Reddit had used 2GB of data over the month....
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Why is the Data Roaming option missing from iPhone settings?

I am travelling internationally, and charges for Internet data are about $15 per megabyte. My provider doesn't offer a roaming package for that. I plan to add a second local SIM using eSIM. I want to ...
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Why do some webpages work on wifi but not on cellular data?

One script of a webpage is failing in iOS. I thought it was related to the new "prevent cross-site tracking" setting, but it's because of the network being used! It works on a wifi network, ...
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Phone keeps consuming cellular data plan instead of wifi

Ever since upgrading to iOS14 a couple of months ago, there's been a big problem with our data consumption. My wife and I have identical iPhone SEs (first edition) both on the latest iOS 14 now. We ...
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iPhone won't let me change per-app data settings

Some of the apps on my iPhone have data turned off, and my phone won't let me turn data back on for them. In Settings > Mobile Data, these apps are turned off. If I turn them on I still can't use ...
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iPhone SE won't let me turn on data for apps

On my iPhone SE I can't turn on data for some of my apps. If I enable the toggle in settings, as soon as I leave settings and return, it has turned itself off again. No matter what I do the app will ...
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DNS services uses cellular data even when it's disabled

I have noticed this happening for over 3 months now, on both my old phone and the new one I got, which wasn't backed up from the old one. If I disable wifi, then go into the system services usage ...
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Why would iPhone ask 'allow "Settings" to use wireless data'?

There is new iPhone 12, and when lauching any app first time, it asks many questions. But why would iPhone ask for 'allow "Settings" to use wireless data'? I don't think device configuration ...
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Under Mobile Data- System Services what is Software Updates doing exactly, even though I have updates disabled?

It has used about a MB of data in the past few days. Yet I have all automatic downloads disabled, and all update downloads over mobile data off as well. Is it just consuming this data checking for ...
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How is app using cellular data after selectively turned off?

One of the apps set to Disallow use of cellular data (Solitaire) uses the most cellular data of any app. This is despite the switch Always being set to Disallow use of cellular data. Is there another ...
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What is "Safari services" listed in iOS cellular data usage?

When determining what's eating up my cellular data I look at data usage in the settings app. There the biggest consumer by far is "system services" and inside that item "safari services&...
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iPhone 11 failing to connect to 3g

For the first time in a long while I am to a location without any 4G or LTE - only 3G. Unfortunately, no matter what I do, I am failing to coax my iPhone 11 even as close as to receive/send any data ...
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Is cellular for Apple Watch ever available for a pre-paid phone plan?

At least in Australia, all the cellular providers only provide cellular support for the Apple Watch if the iPhone is also on a post-paid plan, with no support for pre-paid plans. Is this the same ...
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Apple Watch Cellular activation in China

I went to an Apple store in Shanghai/China to buy an apple watch with cellular and they told me I'll not be able to use it because SIM card providers (i.e. China Unicom, China mobile) require Chinese ...
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Ten years old nightmare to make facetime calls to South America

I live in Europe. Here I have a 200/100 MBPS fiber connection that works like heaven. Never drops, almost zero issues, an an uptime rate of almost 100% through the year. They have installed a super ...
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Which one consumes more bandwidth: YouTube app or web browser?

What uses more data: YouTube App or using it via a browser it (i.e. in Safari)? This question rose up on how the mobile carrier charged me. My data plan has 45 GB/month, but unlimited YouTube data. Is ...
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Mobile data keeps switching off

I am on a iPhone 5s with iOS 12.4.8. The problem I am facing, if I go to Settings > Mobile Data > and then switch the toggles for apps such as Google Maps to enable mobile data, next time I am ...
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Can Apple give an option to check cellular data usage for every bill cycle?

How can i find on iphone 11 pro the cellular data usage for every bill cycle?
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How active is my mobile phone when I'm not using it?

I wonder whether there is any study/website/research work or a place to check how much data my phone is sending when I'm not using it. My question is: when my phone is off, but I'm not actively using ...
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Switched from Verizon to Xfinity Mobile, now iPhone SE can't access LTE for data

iPhone SE, iOS 9.3.4 This phone was on Verizon for years, until a couple months ago when we switched to Xfinity Mobile as we are on WiFi at home like 99% of the time and it was 1/10 the price. We have ...
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Why can carriers limit unlocked iPhone hotspot/tethering?

The answers here and here explain that carriers can tell an iPhone whether to allow tethering or use as a hotspot. My question is why, on an unlocked phone, can they do that? Has Apple simply colluded ...
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Why am I able to receive SMS texts when Cellular off and no WiFi connection?

Background I'm using an iPhone Xs Max, iOS 13.3.1. I typically keep celluar turned off, and WiFi on. When I'm at home I automatically connect to my WiFi and can receive calls and texts no problem. ...
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Will a deactivated SIM card continue to improve location accuracy?

I'm wondering if a prepaid SIM card that ran out of funds still in my iPad will continue to improve the devices location accuracy (by scanning nearby cell towers and apply triangulation)?
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Could my iPhone 6's 4G possibly be "broken" while its 3G still works?

The question sounds strange I know. For the last few days I have not seen 4G up at the top of the display of my iPhone 6; it's been demoted to 3G. I'm in the same several locations where I have been,...
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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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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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