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How to disable cellular data usage for certain apps in iOS 7

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Are you using cellular data more than you’re supposed to? Luckily for iPhone users, there’s a setting in iOS 7 that lets you disable cellular data usage on apps you specify.

Apps these days are downloading and uploading data at increasing rates that many iPhone users are finding their data usage going sky-high. In other words, they have reached the data usage limit set by their cellular carrier and must settle with throttled speeds for the remaining days of the month. Some carriers even charge their subscribers with additional fees for the extra bandwidth!

To limit cellular data on the iOS 7, simply go to Settings, then Cellular. Keep scrolling down until you find the list of all installed apps, where you can individually pick data-hungry apps (especially apps that extensively download data in the background) to disable. Once disabled, these apps will only be able to access data on a Wi-Fi connection. Make sure it’s the unnecessary apps you disable. The ones that handle important data (such as email and status notifications) should remain activated.

Many Android phones also have similar features for controlled bandwidth usage. Some allow setting a mobile data size limit for every monthly cycle, while other phones can also disable background data usage for specific apps.

Even subscribers of iPhone postpaid plans with seemingly unlimited usage may find this nifty tip useful. After all, there’s a chance that some bandwidth restrictions are obscurely included in the contract, despite the plan being advertised as unlimited.

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