Do you leave "cellular data" on 24/7?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by appleuser15, Jun 12, 2016.


Do you leave mobile data on 24/7?

  1. Yes

    108 vote(s)
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
  1. appleuser15, Jun 12, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2016

    appleuser15 macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2015
    Even when you are connected to WiFi, and does it run out easier this way? I get 3gb a month on my plan and was wondering if I could make it last by having it switched on constantly.

    Edit. Does just simply leaving it on 24/7 drain the data?

  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    I'm on Verizon and leave cellular data on all the time - uses about 3 to 4 GB each month. You might want to go into Settings > Cellular and set which apps can use cellular. That way you won't be wasting cellular data on apps that you don't use.
  3. janitor3 macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I have Wi Fi Assist turned on, so I only use my data allowance if the wi fi signal is poor.
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    If you are on Wi-Fi then it doesn't get used anyway so there isn't much need to disable it and then enable it again later when you are out and about and need it then.
  5. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    This ^^^
  6. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    As for wifi assist I have this turned off.

    I'll be the one to decide what happens in regards to connection type and not Wifi Assist.
  7. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Actually, you won't, unless you are indeed constantly toggling your cellular data on/off.

    Your phone already automatically hands off from wifi to cellular when the wifi signal is too weak. This feature merely adjusts the threshold to avoid a noticeable lapse in data.

    I can't imagine being so worried about my data that I'm constantly having to be conscious about toggling my cellular radios on/off. What a hassle. I have a smartphone and a data plan to make my life and experience more convenient, but many seem dead set on being sure their devices make their lives the opposite. Odd.
  8. BearBert macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2015
  9. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    You do know that your post was superfluous...don't you?

    The op doesn't have udp so saying that you do, doesn't help or hinder him.
  10. BearBert macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2015
    And I'm just answering the thread title and explaining why its on "24/7".
  11. noodles5666 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    Yes as I have unlimited data and a phone with amazing battery life. I only use WiFi when I use phones that have sub-par battery.
  12. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Yes. I leave mine on 24/7. I pay for Unlimited Data. I use Unlimited Data. I am not paying my provider to use my own WiFi or to use free WiFi when out to provide me a service I am paying THEM for.
  13. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    I'm on unlimited mobile data and 30GB personal hostspot, I don't have wifi :)
  14. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I leave data on 24/7. I have so much built up data on T-Mobiles data stash that I will never use so I just leave data on. It doesn't affect the battery life at all.

    There are times when I am downloading something on uTorrent and it sometimes will slow down something else using that same WiFi so it's nice to be able to have my phone not be affected by that.
  15. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Why would using Wi-Fi be bad otherwise?
  16. noodles5666 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    I never said it was. I have unlimited data and choose to use it. My Nexus 6P is a tank on battery life, so I have no need to use WiFi. The only reason I would use WiFi is when I need to conserve my battery.
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Yes, I have unlimited data and 14GB's per month to use for mobile hotspot.
    I never turn off cellular data.
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I think my data is turned on always but my phone auto connects to wifi when im at home/work etc
  19. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    mine is always on without fail. If wifi is on it shouldn't use any of your data anyway. Got unlimited so not an issue.
  20. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    iPhone always on, iPad is turned off unless I am on the road.
  21. planetf1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
  22. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I keep my data on 24/7. I have a work sim card so technically I could use as much data as I like but in an attempt to stay off the radar I divide the data pool by the number of phones and it works out to ~2gb.

    I'll stream music all day, use gps, browse the web, etc etc etc and rarely go above 2gb a month. Streaming video is what will kill your data plan.

    To answer your question, you don't need to turn off cellular, it will make little difference. Just use wifi as often as you can and use common sense.
  23. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
  24. appleuser15, Jun 12, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2016

    appleuser15 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2015
  25. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    If you're connected to wifi, why would cellular data be used even if it's on? When you're on wifi all data transfer happens through wifi, unless you have cellular assist or whatever it's called turned on. The only time I've ever turned off cellular data is when I was out of the country and didn't want to pay for international data.
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