My iPhone 5 is using tons of data...

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by joeljjk11, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. joeljjk11 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
    So I'm not sure what is going on, and whether this has to do with the new iOS or something on AT&T's end, but lately my iPhone 5 has been using an insane amount of data. My wife and I were on the 10GB Mobile Share Value plan and within a few weeks I had used almost 6 or 7 GB of data. We used to have a smaller plan, I believe it was 4 or 6 GB and we would never go over. If I watch a video on YouTube it will use nearly a GB of data. This just doesn't seem right, and I feel like AT&T is fudging their data numbers to make more money. I had to change our plan to the 30GB one because we were about to go over. Seems like a total scam to me.

    Has anyone else run into a similar issue?
  2. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    No, not seeing it due to I rarely view video on cellular.

    Numbers might be a bit off, but seem to recall 720p video is about 800-900MB for 1 hr of video. Double for 1080p videos.

    So, depending on the format of the video and length (and add in ads that get thrown at someone), yeah, can eat up data quickly.

    And throw in Facebook, mail, audio streaming, automatic updating, iTunes Match, automatic downloading of purchased items, push notification, maps, iCloud contacts/reminders/calendar, photo streams/backup, etc etc.

    Settings > Cellular and scroll to bottom to see what apps are eating up the data plan.
  3. joeljjk11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
    It makes sense and I understand that videos can use lots of data but it seems off. Our usage has not really changed at all yet the data amounts are going up dramatically. I went from using 2GB a month to 1GB a day, it just doesn't add up.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    As NoBoMac said, check the cellular settings, but go to the bottom and reset the statistics. Then go back in a few days now and look at all the apps listed and see what they've been up to.

    You might be able to get an answer now by looking at them, but since the list contains the data usage for all time it'll probably be hard to see what's going on.

    Do the reset, wait 2 days, and then check again.
  5. c120 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    My iphone 6+ used 1.2gb of data last night while on wifi.. something is not right. Currently trying to figure out what is wrong.
  6. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    That's very strange, and I would definitely check your usage as suggested above. I also have an iPhone 5 on Verizon and only saw that kind of usage when I didn't use wifi much. My billing cycle turned over on November 7th, and I've used 2% of our 6gb plan. In total my family has used 5%.

    It does seem very strange if your habits haven't changed. I know when I switched to my iPhone 5 from a BlackBerry, my data usage skyrocketed to 4 or 5gb from less than 1gb. I'm not sure if it was my phone, the slight change in usage, or Verizon trying to get my dad to buy a bigger data plan. He kept it the same, and once I started using wifi more it went down to a reasonable amount.
  7. jamesgf macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2013
    Sorry to bump an old thread, but my daughters 6 just started using an insane amount of data, pushing us to the top of our cap. Typically we use ~4 gb between 4 iPhones on the 10 gb plan. Her phone suddenly used 7.5 gb this month, with huge transfers of 1 gb at set times. According to my account, at 3 pm it dumped 1 g of data, and then again at 9 pm. It was connected to our home wifi the entire time. Something strange is going on here. Turned cellular data off for a bunch of things, I'll see how it goes.
  8. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    It seems to be an iOS 8 bug where it shows it is connected to wifi, but actually uses the cellular data. I guess the only solution now is to turn off cellular data when you don't want to use it, and turn it on when you do want to use it.
  9. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    Facebook is a big killer, turn off automatic loading of videos
  10. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    To add to what eclipse01 said:

    Go through General > Background App Refresh and turn off almost everything (lots of stuff want refresh but really doesn't need it, imo).

    And anything associated with iTunes store re: automatic downloads (tick off "Use Cellular"). Suspect this might be it: phone phoning home and getting app updates, music purchases.

    Podcasts: disable background refresh.

    Disable photo stream.
  11. canucksfan88 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007
    agreed. i went over my data last month and the culprit was Facebook. Stupid auto-loading videos.

    I just disabled it

    also, I'm on an iPhone 6.
  12. jamesgf macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2013
    Did this last night, only used 8 mb last night and today. Seems to have solved the problem.

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