Oct 01, 2015

    New iOS 9 feature may be overusing mobile data

    APPLE'S new iOS 9 added some great new features for iPhones, including Apple News, better battery life and split screen multitasking. But one feature that has not been talked about much may be eating through your mobile data plan.

    Wi-Fi Assist is a new feature in iOS 9 that automatically enables your mobile data plan whenever the Wi-Fi signal strength drops below a certain level.

    The feature is designed to tackle the "dead-zone" around your house, where your phone desperately tries to cling to your Wi-Fi signal, but is not able to actually download anything.

    However, many users have found that Wi-Fi Assist seems a bit overzealous in its desire to use your data plan, and will often use mobile data even when you are at home and the Wi-Fi connection seems fine, resulting in much higher than normal data usage.

    Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default. To turn it off, go to Settings, then Mobile Data. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen (past the apps) and you'll be able to toggle Wi-Fi Assist off.

    Even with the latest iOS 9.0.1 update released late last week, Wi-Fi Assist is still switched on by default.

    Do note that while iOS 9.0.1 fixes some iOS 9 bugs, it does not address other issues, according to Forbes.

    This includes a reported lockscreen bypass vulnerability in iOS 9 and a bug which renders some apps able to work only when your device is on a Wi-Fi connection, not a mobile data one.