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Is iOS9 chewing your data allowance?

09/28/2015

Is iOS9 chewing your data allowance?

Some of us are heavier users of our mobile data allowance than others, but if you have recently upgraded to iOS9 and noticed a sudden surge in mobile data usage, a new feature called “Wi-Fi Assist” may very well be the culprit.

 

The concept itself is actually not a bad one. If you are in a flaky Wi-Fi zone, or perhaps working in the garden listening to music at the edge of your Wi-Fi reception, for example, Wi-Fi Assist will automatically switch your phone onto 4G to ensure you don’t lose service. It’s a great tool for those of us who have plenty of mobile/cellular data allowance and want a seamless experience. If, however, you are on a low allowance plan or have patchy Wi-Fi, it could result in some pretty rude bill shock in the coming months.

 

Fortunately, like most of the little ‘aids’ in iOS, the Wi-Fi Assist feature can be easily switched off as follows:

Settings > Mobile Data (Aus) or Cellular (US/UK) > Wi-Fi Assist (below app settings) > toggle off

 

 

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