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This New iOS 9 Setting Could Be Costing You a Fortune

Bryan Clark 02-10-2015

The release of the iPhone 6s Here Comes the iPhone 6S: What’s New & Should You Upgrade? The good news: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has just been announced. The bad news: your iPhone is now out of date, and you'll need to sell a kidney for the latest model. Read More , iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad Pro Why The iPad Pro Isn't Just A Bigger iPad If you think the new iPad Pro is "just a bigger iPad", you're wrong. It's a new way of iPad-ing. Read More featured the newest iteration of iOS, and data shows that over 50-percent of Apple device owners flocked to make the upgrade.


For the most part, iOS 9 is stellar What's New in iOS 9? Want to know what features your iPhone will be getting with the release of iOS 9 in September? Curious as to whether your device will be compatible? You're in the right place. Read More . It’s rock-solid, and although there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with this iteration, there is enough to get excited about and the upgrade is definitely worth it.

Unfortunately, some users reported an explosion in data usage after upgrading, which led to a nightmare scenario — costly overage charges and throttled data speeds.

This is all due to an auto-enabled setting in iOS 9 called Wi-Fi Assist. On paper, Wi-Fi Assist is meant to keep your connection stable even when you run into issues with Wi-Fi speed or coverage. When your Wi-Fi flakes, it uses your LTE or 4G connection as a backup. The risks with this are obvious.

Here’s how to turn it off: Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi Assist.

Simply toggle the button to disable the feature.



If that doesn’t solve your data-gobbling issue, the most likely reason is that apps that normally didn’t use cellular data on iOS 8 have been toggled to use it in iOS 9.

Here’s how to fix that: Settings > Cellular


Apps which are mostly used at home, like Netflix (or other on-demand video services Hulu Plus vs. iTunes vs. Netflix vs. Amazon Instant Video: Which Is Best? Hulu. iTunes. Netflix. Amazon Instant Video. The lifeblood of online cinema and television. The new wave of home media. The providers of endless entertainment in which pants are not necessarily required. They are the contenders... Read More ), should be disabled because they often use Wi-Fi anyway. This will dramatically cut down your data usage. In fact, you can even toggle everything off, then toggle apps back on as you need them.

Do you find you’re using more data after updating to iOS 9? Did this help? If not, what was the culprit?

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Related topics: iOS, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Turning off wi-fi assist certainly is a good practice for those of us who prefer not to inadvertantly gobble up megabytes of our cellular plans, and I have chosen to disable it despite its convenience. However, I am surprised not to have seen a similar uproar over Instant Hotspot. I have enjoyed the convenience of defining a Peronal Hotspot on my phone to allow my iPad and MacBook access to the internet - manually and at my discretion - when I'm not in range of another Wi-Fi network.

    Beginning with iOS 8, this is no longer at my discretion. Whenever my non-cellular iPad decides to reach out to the network, it commands my iPhone to turn its personal hotspot on, chewing up data from my phone's cellular plan. This is potentially a cost risk equal to Wi-Fi Assist, just specialized to multiple-device scenarios and over a year old with no remedy.

    The only way to prevent this serms to be to delete the personal hotspot from my phone or disconnect one or the other from my apple id/icloud account - both of which take me far away from the neighborhood of convenience. Why has 't Apple provided an option to toggle Instant Hotspot off?

    • Bryan Clark
      October 28, 2015 at 4:35 am

      I haven't experienced this. My Hotspot is always in the off position unless I toggle it on.