Control which Apps can Access Cellular Data on iPhone, iPad, iOS devices

    All modern versions of the iOS enable iPhone and the LTE enabled iPad user to control which applications can or cannot use the cellular data. The settings control panel also helps in deciding whether or not to allow specific applications the cellular access by showing the amount of cellular data that the application is actually using.

    This is a very helpful tool to reveal the exact bandwidth consumption per app especially when you need to maintain the bandwidth cap imposed by any network provider.

    Here is how you can manage which iOS applications may or may not have access to your cellular data -

    • Open the ‘Settings’.
    • Choose ‘Cellular’ at the top.
    • Scroll down beyond LTE use, roaming, hotspot etc. and get to the ‘Use Cellular Data for’ segment.
    • Toggle the switches corresponding to the apps you want to make changes to into the ‘Off’ or ‘On’ position.
    • Press the Home button when you are done to exit.

    Note: The above actions only make changes in the app data when any iOS device is connected to the cellular network in 3G, 4G or LTE modes. It has just no impact on the application’s ability to connect to various sources of data through a Wi-Fi network.

    The numbers under each app indicates the cellular data used after the last reset. If there’s a 1GB cap, you might need to disable the settings. This list is below the Personal Hotspot settings if you are having trouble finding it.

    If you need fine-tuned controls over every app transmission ability, you can turn off all data if most of them are not consuming much of the data plan. It will make no practical impact on your access to the useful apps. It will only save data and increase speed.