Apple Users Beware:
With every software update iOS 9 and later, Wi-Fi Assist is automatically Enabled on Apple Devices.
Wi-Fi Assist allows users to stay connected to the Internet even with a sketchy Wi-Fi Connection (e.g. if you’re using Chrome at the office and have a with a poor Wi-Fi connection, Wi-Fi Assist will automatically switch to cellular data so the webpages continue to load seamlessly). This means that with each update, the device will automatically move users over to their wireless data plan and use the carrier data allotment to provide better loading times.
You can see the problem: in sketchy Wi-Fi, users will use more wireless plan data while thinking they are using free Wi-Fi. This could add up.
BP alerted our users to this when IOS 9 came out last October, and can help existing clients with alert notifications to end users. Let us know if you need assistance with your users.
What To Do
When Wi-Fi Assist is activated, you’ll see the cellular data icon in the status bar on your device.
Luckily, this could-be-expensive feature is easy to find and disable. Here’s a quick how-to:
- Open the Settings.
- Click on “Cellular”.
- Scroll down to “Wi-Fi Assist”.
- Toggle the button to turn it off.
Other Settings to Check for Data Usage:
Some apps from the App Store use the Apple Push Notifications to alert you of new data. Apps that use push notifications (such as instant messaging or social media apps) will use cellular data. To turn off push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications.
To view the cellular data usage for your apps, tap Settings > Cellular. You can turn cellular data on or off for each app. Contact your carrier if you have questions about your cellular data usage.
These small adjustments can save your company hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars! If you have questions about saving your company money through the auditing, optimizing, or managing of your wireless services, please click here to contact The Bill Police.
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