Apple just released a new update to it’s operating system. While most updates really run behind the scenes, there is one that might actually cost you money.
There is an iPhone setting called WiFi assist. This will make your phone automatically use cell data if your wifi signal is weak. This could end up costing you big!
The reason that they added this to your device was so that you never lose connectivity when you leave a WiFi network. Your phone can tell that you are losing your service and will automatically switch you over to cellular data connection. The idea is that you will never have interruption of service (like if you are watching a movie, or something else).
While this may sound great and be something awesome to have happen automatically, it could really be an issue if your home WiFi signal were to weaken. Yep. Even if you are at home and on your own WiFi, this service could take over if your signal was down or reduced for any reason at all. Worst of all (or best of all, depending upon your situation), you won’t even know that it happened.
Of course, this may be a feature you appreciate and want to have activated. However, if you are a limited data plan, it really could force you in to exceed your data usage and rack up a hefty bill. And you might not realize it until it is too late.
Fortunately, you can work around this by disabling the feature. Just do the following:
- Click on Settings.
- Click on Cellular.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and turn OFF the WiFi Assist.
That’s it! That is all you need to do! Now, you won’t have to worry that you are on your cellular network and not realize it!