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My iPhone 7 Uses Too Much Data! Here’s The Real Fix.

In iPhone 7 by David Lynch

Many people wonder how to save data on an iPhone 7, especially when they notice they're running out. Different apps can use varying amounts of data, but there are ways to check and limit data usage. In this article, I'll explain why your iPhone 7 uses too much data and recommend some tips you can implement today to start saving data immediately!

How Do I Know If My iPhone 7 Is Using Data?

You can check to see if your iPhone is using data by opening the Settings app and tapping Cellular. If the switch next to Cellular Data is turned on (green and positioned to the right), then you'll know that your iPhone 7 is using data.

check cellular data in settings app

However, it's important to note that when your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, it does not use cellular data. This brings us into our first tip that will help you save data on an iPhone: use Wi-Fi whenever possible.

How To Save Data On An iPhone 7

1. Use Wi-Fi Whenever Possible

  • Use Wi-Fi Whenever Possible

When you're connected to Wi-Fi, your iPhone won't use data. Therefore, make sure you connect to Wi-Fi whenever it's available!

How Do I Use Wi-Fi Whenever Possible?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Make sure the switch next to Wi-Fi is turned on.
  4. If you're in a new area, connect to a nearby network by tapping on it under Choose A Network…

Pro Tips

  • Once your iPhone connects to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, it will remember that network and how to connect to it!

2. Avoid Streaming Music And Videos Using Data

  • Avoid Streaming Music And Videos Using Data

Streaming music and videos using apps such as Spotify, YouTube, or Netflix can be the biggest drains on your iPhone's data. If you want to seriously cut back on how much data you use on your iPhone, only stream music and videos when you're connected to Wi-Fi.

How Do I Avoid Streaming Music And Videos Using Data?

Let's say you stream a lot of videos or music using the Safari app. You can turn off the ability to use Safari with data in the Settings app.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Cellular.
  3. Make sure the switch next to Cellular Data is on.
  4. Scroll down and turn off the switch next to Safari. You'll know it's off when the switch is gray and positioned to the left.

Pro Tips

  • You can use this to turn off Cellular Data usage for any specific app!

3. Close Out Of Apps You Aren't Using

  • Close Out Of Apps You Aren't Using

When you don't close out of your apps, they stay loaded in the background so they'll be ready to go as soon as you open them back up. Problems really begin when one of those apps you have open in the background crashes, which can make your iPhone battery drain fast and possibly cause other apps to malfunction as well.

Apps left on in the background of your iPhone can also still send and receive data, which may slowly drain the amount of data your iPhone can use.

How Can I Check If One Of My Apps Has Crashed?

If you're ever wondering if an app is crashing on your iPhone, you can look for confirmation in the Settings app. Tap Privacy -> Analytics -> Analytics Data and check to see if any apps underneath LatestCrash.  If there are any apps listed here, then there may be a problem with those apps which is making them crash.

How Do I Close Out Of Apps I'm Not Using?

  1. Double-press the Home button to activate the App Switcher on your iPhone, which will display all the apps you currently have open.
  2. Using your finger, swipe up on the apps you want to close out of.
  3. You'll know the app has been closed when it's no longer displayed in the App Switcher.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure you are double-pressing the Home button, not double-tapping it. When you double-tap the Home button, you may activate Reachability mode, depending on which model iPhone you have.
  • You can close two apps at the same time in the App Switcher by swiping up on two apps at a time.
  • You won't lose any data when you close out of your apps. There's no downside to closing out of your apps!

4. Look For Problem Apps

  • Look For Problem Apps
If your iPhone still uses a lot of data, you can take a look at the data usage of particular apps in Settings -> Cellular. This will allow you to take a look at which apps are using the most data on your iPhone and can help you determine whether or not a specific app is responsible for most of the data drain.

Why Should I Look For Problem Apps?

If an app crashes, it may be stuck trying to send and receive data for a prolonged period of time. Usually, closing out of the app will solve this problem.

However, if this problem persists, there may be a software bug or issue within the app itself. If that's the case, you may want to delete the app entirely and look for an alternative.

How Do I Look For Problem Apps?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Cellular.
  3. Scroll down to the Cellular Data submenu, where you'll see a list of your apps and how much data they've used over the Current Period.
  4. Look for apps that are using multiple GB of data.
  5. If one of your apps is using lots and lots of gigabytes, it's probably the reason why your iPhone uses too much data.

Pro Tips

  • KB stands for kilobytes. There are 1000 of these in 1 megabyte, so KB are very small.
  • MB stands for megabytes. There are 1000 MB in 1 gigabyte.  If an app is only using a small amount of MB, then there probably isn't an issue with the app.
  • GB stands for gigabytes. Most wireless carriers measure data plans in GB.
  • If you're not sure whether or not an app is using way too much data, you can tap Reset Statistics. Then, check back in a few days to see which apps are using the most data.

5. Check For Stuck Emails In The Mail App Outbox

  • Check For Stuck Emails In The Mail App Outbox
The Mail app is one of the most common iPhone data drainers. If you're not connected to Wi-Fi, your iPhone will use data any time your iPhone sends or receives an email.

Why Should I Check For Stuck Emails In The Mail App Outbox?

If a message gets stuck in the Outbox of the Mail app, it will keep using data as it tries over and over again to send. As this cycle drags on, your iPhone will slowly use up data.

How Do I Check For Stuck Emails In The Mail App Outbox?

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Under Mailboxes, tap Outbox.
  3. Check to see if an emails are stuck in the Outbox.
  4. You'll know an email is stuck if you see the status ring to the left of it.
  5. If an email is stuck, delete it and try to send it again.

If Emails Keep Getting Stuck In Outbox

If your emails continue to get stuck in Outbox, there may be an error in your email settings. To fix this problem:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accounts & Passwords.
  3. Tap your email account under Accounts.
  4. Tap your email address next to Account (see image 3).
  5. Fix any errors with your email settings.

Pro Tips

  • If you're in the mail app and don't see the Outbox, it means that all of your emails have been successfully sent.

Saving Data Faster Than A Hard Drive

You've followed our guide and you've figured why your iPhone 7 is using way too much data! Now that you know why your iPhone 7 uses too much data, make sure to share this article on social media so you can help your friends and family save data too. Feel free to leave a comment down below letting us know how these tips helped you, or if you think there's anything we should add.


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