Automatic app updates are nice, it gives users the option to let apps update automatically in the background without needing to do anything. However, this can be a little bit much, especially over cellular, for users who have limited data plans or data caps.

As with most other things, Apple has a way to limit automatic app updates to Wi-Fi only, letting users with more aggressive data plans to preserve their pool of data while on the go.

iPhone & iPad: How to turn off automatic app updates over cellular data

  1. Fire up Settings > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Look for the Cellular Data switch, and turn that into the off position.

Fairly simple, yet a fix that could save you on that precious mobile data, which is fairly limited in most of the world, still. While Apple has made countless strides in trying to improve efficiency in apps, specifically, app slices, some apps, such as games can be quite large and take up tons of mobile data.

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