Enable Low Data Mode for WiFi on iPhone and iPad

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Enable Low Data Mode for WiFi on iPhone and iPad to keep you safe from your ISP charging you for monthly bandwidth overages. Introduced with iOS 13, Low data mode is beneficial for reducing WiFi network usage by; restricting internet access to both stock and third-party applications (when in the background), disabling background app refresh, pausing automatic updates, as well as iCloud photos backups.

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If you have a capped bandwidth package from your Internet Service Provider, low data mode is a feature worth getting used to using. If you stream audio/video or download frequently, your bandwidth usage is going to add up quickly. Low data mode is also useful when you're connected to free or public WiFi networks, as these typically run slower due to the number of users connected at once. You don't want your iCloud backup to start running once you're on a public network, especially if said network is slow, to begin with.

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In the following Visi guide, we're going to show you how to enable/disable low data mode for WiFi via the settings app.

For this article, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.4

PLEASE NOTE When low data mode is on, your device will NOT automatically; update, backup, autoplay, download, or stream in high quality. You can perform these tasks manually or turn off low data mode.

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Enable Low Data Mode for WiFi on iPhone or iPad

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  1. 1
    Tap the Settings app.
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  2. 2
    Tap WiFi.
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  3. 3
    Tap the I icon to the right of the network you wish to set to Low Data Mode.
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  4. 4
    Tap the toggle switch next to Low Data Mode
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    Tap WiFi in the upper left corner to return to the previous screen.
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  5. 5
    Low Data Mode should be displayed in small font below the network name.
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    To turn on Low Data Mode from your Control Center, swipe up from the bottom edge of your device.
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  7. 7
    Tap+hold the WiFi icon.
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  8. 8
    Tap+hold the WiFi icon a second time.
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    Tap WiFi Settings.
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    Tap the I icon on the far right of the network.
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    Turn Low Data Mode on by tapping the toggle switch to the right of the option.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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