iPad My iPad Air 2 has drained my cellular data!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bromio, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. Bromio macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014

    I've been using my iPad for 30 minutes, just reading a review in The Verge without loading any other website. It was the first time I was using my cellular data connection. It has consumed... 315MB!!! The same would have consumed less than 10MB in my phone. It seems that Safari has been the cause, as Settings indicates. The ring next to the 3G dots was always revolving.

    Next I tethered to my phone and without doing nothing I've seen how the MB was being consumed one after the other!

    The iPad is just like out of the box.

    Should I have changed some configuration?

    If this is the general consume with an iPad, I prefer the WiFi model.
  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    You almost certainly have some background service syncing data that you've allowed over cellular. Are you using iCloud photo? Any other photo or backup service?
  3. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    Everything is just like out of the box. I have not changed anything.

    Now I'm tether to my phone and nothing happens!

    Should I deactivate something?
  4. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Right, but if you've signed into iCloud and are using any of those services (knowingly or not) it will be syncing data in the background.
  5. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    Yes. I use iCloud!

    What can I do?
  6. radioking macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    If you select cellular in in the settings it will tell you how much data each app has used. You can also turn off cellular data for any app.
  7. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Connect to a Wifi network and let it do its thing.

    To find out what is causing the traffice, go to Settings/Cellular and scroll down. You will find a list of installed apps sorted by cellular data usage. Also check "System Services" at the bottom.
  8. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    It seems that it has finished.

    Settings/Cellular says Safari has used 312MB.

    How can I fix this problem? I just read a review in The Verge.
  9. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Maybe it downloaded a video in that review? The Verge has a nice looking site but it has always been a data hog.
  10. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    No. It was just text. I'm absolutely sure.
  11. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    Well, I've disabled Documents and data in iCloud, because I've read it could be the cause. Now it seems that there is no problems. However, I've tried to activate it again and the option has disappeared. How can I enable it? I want to do it to check if that option was the source my problems.

    Note: I'm not using iCloud Drive yet.


    In Settings/Cellular has appeared a new option related to Uninstalled apps.

    I have not uninstalled anything!
  12. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    If this is your first time restoring things from iCloud after activating your device, then it might be downloading things in the background. But I wouldn't think it would show up as Safari, and I also thought most of that stuff won't sync all at once without WiFi. Could be a bug. Also, like other have mentioned, The Verge is horrible. It crashes my iPad 6 Plus all the time with all the crap it downloads. My iPad Air 2 handles it like a champ, but it's the only tab that when I switch back to it, it flashes for a moment longer while it redraws the tab from memory. Such a freaking terribly designed site.
  13. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    You could always...

    1. Buy more data.
    2. Be really careful about connecting to WiFi whenever possible.

    iOS 8 is seemingly designed to use iCloud or web-based options whenever possible, which, data usage notwithstanding, makes for a great experience.

    So yeah, if you're really worried about your usage, grab a WiFi-only model.
  14. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    After disabling everything I though that was superfluous for syncing via cellular data, the data consumption is strongly lower now.

    Just "System services" is eating data, especially "Documents and syncing" (I think this is its name - my iPad is not in English-). Is there any way to avoid it?
  15. aggiesrwe03 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    I would connect to a wifi connection, and allow it to finish what it's doing. I had a problem with an iPad 4, while is was connected to wifi it was still using cellular data, LOTS OF IT!! AT&T swore up and down this wasn't possible and refused to refund my data and not charge me the overages. I took it to an Apple Store and they confirmed that it was in fact happening, gave me a new iPad, and spoke to AT&T customer service for me. It all ended up getting sorted out, but I can assure you things like this happen!!
  16. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    If the iPad consumes 300MB in 30 minutes, a I can't imagine how much data it could consume in 30 days!

    I just want to surf the Internet a bit while reading and use Twitter. As I don't have a WiFi network everywhere, I don't understand why I should get the WiFi model.

    But yes, I'm not interested in syncing all my photos and data via cellular. Just want to use my iPad as I use my smartphone. Tethering is not an option because I needed to tether too frequently.
  17. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009

    If you tether to your phone your iPad regards that as a wifi connection and may start iCloud backup which will consume hundreds of MBs.
  18. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    I don't have WiFi connection at home, just in the work and in my family house. So if I want to browse or read a PDF that I have received via e-mail I need a data connection. My goal is not to stream music, or photos or video, or anything highly heavy.

    I'm very confused. It seems that I can't use the cellular data as if it were a smartphone, but I can't tether to my phone, because I would need to tether every day and my smartphone data plan would be drained.

    I had a plan of 300MB, but I can afford a 1GB one if necessary. In my country there are not unlimited plans at this moment.

    I really don't know what to do. I don't want to pay for a Cellular iPad if it is useless, but if the WiFi model is going to suck up my phone data plan, it is not an option.

    Could I use the iPad with a 300~1000MB data plan, or is it absolutely impossible because of iOS 8?

    Thank you!
  19. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009

    You may try to find out which app(s) consume the most cellular data in settings, cellular. See if this helps?
  20. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2014
    Ok, I had something similar.

    I have wifi at home and iPad was wifi enabled, but for some reason it decided to burn through 50M of cellular data. I saw that it was mainly safari and I was surfing a lot at the time.

    Shouldn't it default to wifi, or does it go to cellular if it thinks that signal is stronger?

  21. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    Safari is the app that drained my plan. After disabling "Documents and data" in iCloud settings, it seems that its consumption is much more normal. If fact, after browsing a lot I've just consumed 25MB. That's a remarkable difference if compared with de 300MB wasting.

    I don't have an available WiFi network when I use my data plan. When I can use WiFi, I switch cellular off.
  22. ipaqowner macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2006

    That's the way the cellular version should be used.
    I'm now on my 3rd cellular model and I only switch on cellular when I leave my house or don't have access to wi-fi.
  23. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    So that is not the problem.

    Anyway, if I don't have access to WiFi for 3 hours, could I have the cellular on while the iPad is sleeping without wasting data (except for checking the e-mail and such low data consumption tasks)?

    Or if I'm reading an iBook, could I have the cellular on just for checking the e-mail, the weather or quick search the Wikipedia... without huge data consumptions?

    Of course, if I watch Youtube I obviously understand I'll consume data. That's not the question.

  24. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You need to turn off cellular and use WiFi. I have a 5 GB plan for cellualr and only turn it on when out in the field. If you expect to use cellualr all the time you better have a huge amount of data in your plan. 5GB is more than enough for my purposes but if you are not careful the iPad cna use a tremendous amount of data.
  25. Bromio, Nov 5, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014

    Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    But for checking for e-mails, searching the Wikipedia while reading if I have some question and checking for Twitter mentions do I need a huge amount of data?

    I plan to to this one hour or so every day.

    Those are my goals. No music, no photos, no videos: for those I will use WiFi.

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