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How To Make Sure iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist Doesn’t Eat Up Your Cellular Data

How To Make Sure iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist Doesn’t Eat Up Your Cellular Data

iOS 9 brought a number of great new features to iOS devices, among them is the new “Wi-Fi Assist” feature that will compensate for a bad Wi-Fi connection by switching back and forth between Wi-Fi and cellular data signals to improve the user’s Internet experience.

While this is a convenient feature, some users are reporting large increases in their cellular data use, even as they haven’t changed their usage habits. The culprit: Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default after installing iOS 9. Here’s how to turn it off.

How To Make Sure iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist Doesn't Eat Up Your Cellular Data

Load the “Settings” app on your iOS device. Tap on the “Cellular” option in the U.S., or the “Mobile Data” option in the¬†UK, in the Settings menu, and then scroll down until you see the “Wi-Fi Assist” toggle switch. The the switch is in the green “ON” position, tap it to toggle it to “OFF.”

It should be noted that this will possibly lead to a slower¬†Internet connection, if you’re using a bad Wi-Fi access point. However, it should bring your cellular data usage back in line with what you’re used to.

UPDATE – In our haste to bring this tip to you, we also overlooked the obvious. In lieu of completely turning of Wi-Fi Assist, you can also go through the list of apps in the Cellular menu, and switch off the apps you don’t want to use cellular data. This could cut down on your cellular usage considerably when using Wi-Fi Assist. We apologize for the omission.

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