How to force your iPhone Cellular Data ON or Cellular Data OFF to save on your cell data plan. Also, how to force your iPhone to use Wi-Fi instead of using your cellular data plan.
Your iPhone has two methods of communicating with the Internet:
- A wireless Wi-Fi connection that is within range of your iPhone
- Your cell phone provider’s cellular data network.
Depending on your circumstances, you can save money by forcing your iPhone to use only WiFi or forcing your iPhone to use only Cellular Data. When you set your iPhone to WiFi only, you’ll access the Internet and email on your iPhone without consuming your cellular Data Plan minutes. When you set your iPhone to Cellular Data only, you’ll be avoiding the possibility of exposing sensitive data on a public WiFi system. Typically, your iPhone will search for available WiFi networks, but if one is not available it will automatically connect to the Internet through your phone company’s cellular data network. The steps below show you how to force one or the other.
When to set iPhone WiFi Only: Whenever you have a bandwidth or data limit on your Cellular data plan, or if you are near a cheap or free Wi-Fi hot spot.
- Force iPhone WiFi when you are streaming music from Pandora, or Podcasts, or some other audio website
- Force iPhone WiFi when you are streaming video from Netflix, YouTube or some other video website
- Force iPhone WiFi if you want to limit your usage of your Cellular Data bandwidth
- Force iPhone WiFi if the WiFi network is faster or more reliable than your Cellular Data network.
When to set iPhone Cellular Data Only: If you are unsure about the security of a public WiFi hotspot or if the WiFi hot spot is slower than your cellular data network, or you have to pay a large fee based on the WiFi bandwidth you consume.
- Cellular Data Only on a cruise where WiFi is expensive
- Cellular Data Only where WiFi might not be secure.
- Cellular Data Only if you are in a hotel or public place where the WiFi is unreliable or slow
1) iPhone Cellular Data On / Off | Settings
Locate and tap your iPhone Settings button
2) iPhone Cellular Data | Settings > General
Tap the "General" menu choice
3) iPhone Cellular Data On / Off | Settings > General > Network
Tap the "Network" menu choice
4) iPhone Cellular Data On / Off | Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data
- Slide the Cellular Data switch to OFF to turn OFF cellular data to restrict all data to WiFi, including e-mail, web browsing and push notifications by text message and SMS.
- Slide the Cellular Data switch to ON to turn ON cellular data to allow e-mail, web browsing and push notifications by text message and SMS through your cellular data network.
1) iPhone WiFi ONLY On / Off | Settings
Locate and tap your iPhone Settings icon
2) iPhone WiFi ONLY On / Off | Settings > Wi-Fi
Locate and tap the Wi-Fi Menu option
3) iPhone WiFi ONLY On / Off | Settings > Wi-Fi > OFF
Slide the Wi-Fi setting to "OFF" to switch of the iPhone WiFI and force the iPhone to use the Cellular Data Network
4) iPhone WiFi ONLY On / Off | Settings > Wi-Fi > ON
If you switch the iPhone WiFi option to "ON" you’ll be able to Choose a Network to use for the Wi-Fi connection.