Use Low Data Mode on your iPhone and iPad

With iOS 13 and later, you can turn on Low Data Mode to restrict background network use and save cellular and Wi-Fi usage.

You might want to use Low Data Mode if your cellular or internet plan limits your data usage, or if you're in an area with slow data speeds.

How to turn on Low Data Mode

You can turn on Low Data mode separately for cellular and Wi-Fi.

For Cellular:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Cellular.
  2. Tap Cellular Data Options, then turn on Low Data Mode.

On iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Options, and select Data Mode.

If you use a Dual SIM device, you can turn on Low Data Mode separately for each cellular plan.

For Wi-Fi:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the Info button  next to the Wi-Fi network that you're connected to.
  3. Turn on Low Data Mode.

Your Low Data Mode preferences for each Wi-Fi network are kept up to date across all your devices through iCloud.

What to expect in Low Data Mode

Different apps use different ways of reducing data usage in Low Data Mode. In general, here's what you can expect:

  • Apps might stop using network data when you're not actively using them.
  • Background App Refresh is turned off.
  • The quality of streaming content might be reduced.
  • Automatic downloads and backups are turned off.
  • Services such as iCloud Photos pause updates.

Built-in iOS apps and services adapt to Low Data Mode in the following ways:

  • App Store: Video autoplay, automatic updates and automatic downloads are turned off.
  • Music: Automatic downloads and high-quality streaming are turned off.
  • Podcasts: The frequency of feed updates is limited, and episodes are only downloaded on Wi-Fi.
  • News: Article pre-fetching is turned off.
  • iCloud: Updates are paused, and automatic backups and iCloud Photos updates are turned off.
  • FaceTime: Video bitrate is optimised for lower bandwidth.

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