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How to Turn On Low Data Mode on iPhone & iPad

Turn On Low Data Mode
Written by Hassan Abbas

Looking for a way to turn on low data mode while using your iPhone or iPad? This trick is for you.

Depends on where you live, the Internet may or may not be expensive. However, if you’re living in the US, there’s a chance you’re paying a higher bill for your internet connection and cellular data as compared to one of your friends living in Europe or Asia. However, if internet bills are out of reach, then you want to limit down your data usage. After the launch of iOS 13 update, Apple has launched the latest feature called “Low Data Mode” that claims to limit/decrease Wi-Fi data use when activated. Similar Low Data Mode for cellular data usage exists too. Many users have reduced data when they’re using their home internet to browse the internet. However, this feature comes handy if you’re nearing your data cap. Or you just want to limit the bandwidth used by iPhone or iPad on a network.

If you want to try this out for yourself to view if you’re able to conserve your monthly data usage while on a wireless network, then you’re in the right place. This tutorial will be explaining exactly how you can turn the low data mode feature on for internet networks.

The feature works aim to reduce your data use by pausing automatic updates and other background tasks. However, a limited amount of data used on the iPhone or iPad. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to the procedure and allow this feature on a particular wi-fi network.

How to Enable Low Data Mode for Wi-Fi Networks on iPhone & iPad

If your problem isn’t cellular data usage but broadband bills, you might like to consume as few data as possible over Wi-Fi. Don’t worry, just follow the instructions below to enable low-data mode for a wireless network:

Step 1:

Initially, open the “Settings” app and click on “Wi-Fi”.

Step 2:

Now, click on the “i” icon next to the Wi-Fi network name that you’re facing high charges.

Step 3:

Here, you’ll view the choice to allow Low Data Mode. Just click once on the toggle to enable it.

That’s all 🙂

As you can view, it takes some time to enable or disable the feature.

However, this mode is quite handy if you have a low data cap on your internet connection in addition to lowering your bills. After restricting background apps and services consuming your Wi-Fi data while you’re not using your iPhone and iPad. You could then use the extra data to do more productive things at the full bandwidth.

Make sure, the method applies to use Low Data Mode on internet. Whereas you have a separate setting for using low data mode on iPhone with cellular data, that is what you really like to use when you’re out roaming around.

While the advantages are quite obvious. Low Data mode does have its fair share of negatives. Also, it pauses automatic updates and background tasks as mentioned above. Your iPhone and iPad data can’t automatically recover to the cloud. If you aren’t aware, when an iOS device is enabled and connected to a power source, iCloud automatically recover documents, images, contacts and other files to Apple’s secure servers. So, you might have to perform a manual backup to iCloud or there’s a potential risk of losing data permanently.


Well, what do you think about the latest Low Data Mode features on iOS 13? Did it help you save a lot of important data and in turn, save some money? Let us know your thoughts, suggestions, and opinions in the comments section below.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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