How To: Restrict certain apps to Wi-Fi only (and save your cellular data!) in iOS 7

One of the best things about the iPhone is its capabilities as an internet connected device – It makes accessing and browsing the web easy. But, this internet access can come at a great cost to some and, with ever faster 4G LTE networks, it has become even easier to use up your data allowance and be left forking out your hard-earned cash for the privilege.

Some apps are particularly bad for hogging your data connection, using data in the background or syncing and refreshing unnecessarily. The good news is, in iOS 7, you can turn of mobile data for individual apps, or altogether, in the Settings app.

Here’s how to restrict certain apps to Wi-Fi only (and hopefully save your cellular data!):

1. Open the Settings app.

1. Open the Settings app

2. Tap on Cellular (or Mobile if you’re in the UK like me).

2. Tap on Mobile:Cellular

3. Here, you can turn off Cellular Data (Mobile Data) altogether if you wish.

3. You can turn of Mobile Data:Cellular Data altogether

4. Alternatively, scroll down to turn off cellular data for individual apps by moving each toggle to off, restricting them to Wi-Fi only (and saving your precious mobile MBs!).

4. Or you can scroll down and turn off data usage for individual apps

That’s it! It is that simple to restrict individual apps to Wi-Fi only in iOS 7. The apps you toggle to off will then only access the internet when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. This is a really useful feature for those on limited data plans that want to avoid running up hefty bills when out and about.

If you have any questions about iOS 7, tips to avoid using up your cellular data, or if there are any other tutorials you’d like to see on TiP, let me know in the comments or catch me on Twitter: @TiP_AdamO.

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  • Aleem

    Hey I have installed a dozen apps cliche mostly on my iPhone 5S, but cant fond

    • Aleem

      Cant find them listed in the cellular data section as u mentioned, wat might be the issue?

  • ♪ دحوم

    Is there a way to permanently prevent an app from connecting to the internet via Wifi or cellular?

    Please respond and thank you.