Are you being hit by big mobile data bills on your iPhone? This feature could help save you money
Apple’s latest iPhone devices now offer more features and services than ever before, but many of these require an internet connection to get the most out of your device.
But if you occasionally get hit with unexpected bills from surfing too much, help could be at hand thanks to a nifty tool.
Apple’s Wi-Fi Assist feature helps your device maintain fast loading speeds, even when your network drops off.
For example, if you’re connected to your Wi-Fi network at home and the speeds suddenly slows down, Wi-Fi Assist will switch your phone to mobile data in order to make sure your speeds don’t drop.
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It sounds like a crucial feature for many customers, but social media is is full of stories of unwitting users wondering why they have been lumped with unexpectedly large bills – with the blame laid firmly at the feet of Wi-Fi Assist.
So should you trust Wi-Fi Assist?
If you are concerned about how much data your device is using, there is an easy way to check just how thirsty your phone is.
Apple recently introduced a way to view how much data Wi-Fi Assist is potentially saving.
In order to check, head to Settings > Mobile Data. If you then scroll all the way down to the end of the page, you’ll see an option called ‘Wi-Fi Assist’.
This will then show how much mobile data the service has used, above another box showing the time period over which this amount has been used.
This can then be compared against your current mobile plan to see if you are getting close to your monthly allowance.
Wi-Fi Assist will hopefully help you avoid running up huge data bills
The Mobile Data page is also extremely useful in finding out just what apps are siphoning off your data allowance.
The menu displays each of your apps that use mobile data, allowing you to define whether they use 3G or 4G data, or if you only want them to be activated when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi Assist is enabled by default, but can be turned off in the same menu.
If you do disable the feature, you’ll no longer see the Wi-Fi icon appear in the status bar – and be aware that it won’t apply when roaming charges could be applied.
Wi-Fi Assist also won’t kick in when using apps that download large amounts of data or apps acting in the background.