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What does the “Current Period” data usage number mean?

Current Period refers to the period of time since the last reset. This is nothing to do with the cellular plan. You can see the beginning date of the current period by scrolling to the bottom and ...
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Does online gaming use data?

Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down. There should be a breakdown of Cellular Data used by app. If you didn't know this option was there, then you likely will not have reset it, so it will ...
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Network usage whitelist for cell tethering on OSX?

TripMode was made specifically for this purpose, and even turns on automatically when connected to designated cell hotspots.
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Can I connect to wifi but still use cellular?

Actually this is possible!... Use the following instructions: 1. Tap the blue arrow next to the name of the AirPort Express WiFi network to view more options. 2. Select "Static" as the type of IP ...
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iOS 11: How to change DNS settings for cellular/mobile data?

Build your own VPN using OpenVPN & easy-rsa on a digital ocean cloud server ($5/mo for cheapest VM & 2TB monthly transfer), configure VPN to tunnel/forward all traffic, set up Cloudflare 1.1.1....
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Why am I able to receive SMS texts when Cellular off and no WiFi connection?

Why am I able to receive occasional SMS texts and inbound call attempts, despite cellular being off and not being connected to a WiFi network? Cellular data is not related to SMS. That's a function ...
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How to upload photos to iCloud Photo Library on iPhone without Wi-Fi?

Unfortunately, the answer is no: When you turn on iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device or Mac, your photos and videos will upload after you connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi and your battery is ...
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Can I turn off IPv6 and just use IPv4 on my iOS device?

On a Mac computer, download Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store In Configurator, go to File > New Profile (or Command+n) Fill out the General section, then go to Cellular and select Configure ...
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iOS 11: How to change DNS settings for cellular/mobile data?

Not possible without a jailbreak. Source: iPhone Configuration for OpenDNS It says, in part (emphasis mine): "These instructions only work for Wi-Fi connections because iOS does not allow you to ...
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Uninstalled apps consume Mobile data

Uninstalled apps do not consume data. Rather, apps which were previously installed on the device consumed data, and those apps have now been uninstalled. The total data usage of all apps which were ...
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Why are switches grayed out in the iPhones Settings app with iOS 8.3?

Looks like it's restricted —someone activated parental controls on your device. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions and scroll down until you see the Cellular data item, you can deactivate it ...
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Restrict an iOS app from using Wi-Fi internet

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 ...
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Restrict an iOS app from using Wi-Fi internet

It is possible to restrict WiFi or Cellular data for all the apps on your iPhone, but only for iPhones sold in China. Chinese iPhones have an extra option called "Apps using WLAN & Cellular" in ...
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Does online gaming use data?

The newer iOS versions let you track the cellular data used by each app. Open Settings and then go to Cellular and then swipe up: You can reset the counter if you need to track one day's usage, and ...
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Does online gaming use data?

As has been said, go to Settings > Cellular to find it out for yourself, but let me also actually answer your question as the other two answers barely touch on that: All online games obviously use ...
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How to deactivate iPhone USB tethering when OSX is connected to a wireless network

First things first, you do not need to worry too much about mobile data consumption when connected to Wi-Fi. As depicted in your picture, Wi-Fi is listed above the iPhone USB interface and will take ...
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Installed Apps not showing in Cellular Allow Data for section

Those apps appears in that section when i turn the data on and use some apps from the data. Each app when takes the data connection and use it start appearing in the section. Once it appears in that ...
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Force Messages to use SMS for specific contact rather than iMessage?

iOS 13 and below does not implement a setting on a per contact basis to prefer or force SMS over iMessage/APNS/Messages secure message delivery. You could do two things to force SMS delivery from iOS....
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Force Messages to use SMS for specific contact rather than iMessage?

I second @bmike's excellent answer: iOS 13 and below does not implement a setting on a per contact basis to prefer or force SMS over iMessage/APNS/Messages secure message delivery. However, there'...
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Could my iPhone 6's 4G possibly be "broken" while its 3G still works?

Go to settings > cellular data > cellular data options > turn off 4G and turn it back on. Another way I use to get my phone on 4G is airplane mode on and off.
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Disable system services to save data

Well, as long as your iDevice is not jailbroken, sadly there is no way to fully do that, but you can disable some of them here: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > scroll all the way down to the ...
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iPhone using data despite per-app cellular data being disabled

You need to also turn off background updates, which is where the bulk of the data usage is likely occurring. Settings> General > Background App Refresh > Background App Refresh Off. Of course, you ...
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Cannot restrict apps from accessing data in iOS 8

I found why I cannot change any option in this section. This happened because of the restrictions that where activated after the update to iOS 8. In order to solve it go to General->Restrictions->...
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Cellular Data Annoying Popup with ios8

Disable cellular data in settings. If you haven't activated a plan with a carrier yet, there's no option in settings to disable cellular data. As a workaround, you can tell Siri "Turn off cellular ...
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Restrict an iOS app from using Wi-Fi internet

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 ...
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Does online gaming use data?

Yes of course it uses data. How else do you think it communicates with the server and keeps things synchronized? I think the real question is how much data does it use.
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I can't turn off my apps cellular data on my iphone, Help!

I had this same problem. The apps that I didn't want to use for cellular and every time I would close out of settings or disable cellular data the apps would re-enable again, but I managed to restore ...
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Can't modify selection of "use cellular data for" for some apps in iPhone 6 after update to iOS 9

There's been a bug with iOS since iOS 7 where the CellularData.db can become corrupted. Once the file has a problem, the Settings app can't save changes to it and there's no easy way to wipe just that ...
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Crazy "System" traffic data - What to do? ios 9 - iphone 6s

I would look at which Apps are allowed to use Background App Refresh, in Settings > General & also possibly in Settings > iTunes & App Store what is allowed to download over Mobile data. A ...
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