Saturday, October 19, 2019

iOS 13: How to enable Low Data Mode on iPhone

When Apple introduced iOS 13 it came up with many features that most of people were looking for, today we're going to highlight a newly introduced feature in iOS 13 called Low Data Mode, as the name says, this feature turns off routine background tasks that would ordinarily use data.

Low Data Mode helps reduce your iPhone’s data usage thereby helping you get through times when you find yourself with access to an extremely slow mobile/cellular data connection or Wi-Fi network with a data cap. For people living in developed countries, this feature might be useful when they are on international roaming as most international data roaming packs have a very small data cap. This mode is also helpful for users who tend to end up burning through their monthly cellular data limit in no time at all.

iOS 13: Low Data Mode

How  Low Data Mode Works on iPhone

  • Once you enable low data mode, it will stop uploading photos to iCloud in the background. Similarly, all other background tasks like Apple News update, App Store app updates etc. will also stop.
  • Video previews in the App Store and automatic download of new apps are also turned off.
  • iOS will also actively prevent all your installed apps and games from using mobile data in the background to refresh their data.
  • The quality of video and audio being streamed will also be optimized to reduce mobile data consumption.
  • FaceTime calls are also affected as they have a lower bitrate when Low Data Mode is enabled.
  • Low Data Mode works not just for mobile data but also for Wi-Fi.

How to enable Low Data Mode on iPhone in iOS 13

STEP 1: Go to Settings ----> Mobile Data ----> Mobile Data Options.

STEP 2: You will see many features toggle on the Low Data Mode and it will be activated.

The good thing about Low Data Mode is that your day-to-day experience of using the iPhone will not be affected at all. The overall experience remains largely the same, though since apps will not refresh in the background, you might not receive push notifications from them for any updates or changes.

One of the issues with Low Data Mode is that there is no universal indicator in iOS 13 to show that it is enabled. You have to manually go into Settings to check if you have enabled/disabled Low Data Mode or not which is cumbersome. Similarly, the whole process to enable/disable Low Data Mode is cumbersome and there’s no Shortcuts support as well that users can toggle the feature quickly. 


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