How to Limit or Prevent Excessive Cellular Data Usage

Overview

By changing the way apps use cellular data you can prevent excessive data usage in order to avoid running out of data too quickly or needing a higher data limit.

How Apps Can Use Up Your Cellular Data

  • Most apps use some form of data connection (WiFi or cell) in order to provide content to a user.
  • Apps are designed to automatically use whichever data source is available, so when away from WiFi, apps will use cellular data instead - oftentimes using a high amount of data in order to load videos, images, etc.

Limit Cell Data in Some Common Apps

Fortunately, some apps have settings within the apps to limit the amount of cellular data that the app may try to use (for example, disabling Facebook from automatically downloading and playing videos). This will allow you to still use those apps without wasting data on unwanted videos/images/etc.

Use the table below to find app-specific instructions related to limiting cell data usage

Additional Notes

  • Cellular data access can be completely disabled in order to prevent unwanted data usage through the data freeze option.
    • Note: This will block all apps from using cell data and will render some apps unusable when away from WiFi. However, calling and texting will not be blocked.

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