How to disable cellular data on your iPhone or iPad

How to disable cellular data on your iPhone or iPad

For most of us, cellular data through our carrier is limited. Whether you're traveling internationally or you're about to hit your data cap for the month, turning off cellular data completely lets you rest assured you won't be hit with overage charges. Here's how:

How to turn off cellular data on an iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or cellular capable iPad.
  2. Now tap on Cellular — on the iPad, it's labeled Cellular Data.
  3. Turn the option for Cellular Data to Off.

Alternately, if you're only concerned with roaming charges, you can turn off Data Roaming in the same menu as cellular data. This option should stop your iPhone or iPad from roaming on any network other than your provider's. Another great option for international travel. However, I have heard stories of people using this option and still getting hit with overages. If you want to play it safe, it's best to disable cellular data altogether when traveling abroad.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to disable cellular data on your iPhone or iPad


When at home, I turn off the cellular data so I only rely on wifi and not risk wasting data. Before leaving, I'll turn of the wifi and go back onto cellular. No point In having all the radio chips on, wasting my battery.

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Can anyone tell me if I turn the Cell Data off when using wifi?
My wife and I both have the iPhone 5s, we are with Telstra, our wifi is with Bigpond. Telstra told me to turn the cell data off, Apple told my wife to leave it on because your iphone will automatically use the wifi above the cell anyway.

Not sure if you can explain or “dumb it down” for me but I’ve always wondered: if I have ‘Use Cellular Data For’ turned on for a bunch of apps, will it still use cell data when I have wifi turned on?
For example, Instagram. I have that app turned on for ‘Use Cellular Data For’. When using Instagram with the wifi on, is it still hitting the cellular data or just wifi? How about when it comes to updating an app?
TIA!! I’ve always been curious and confused about this part! :)