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Apple’s iOS 9 has a new setting called ‘Wi-Fi Assist’. We look at what it is, what it does, and whether you should use it on your iPhone.

Let's talk about Apple Wi-Fi Assist

If you’re an iPhone user, and have recently updated to iOS 9, you’ve now got an interesting little setting called ‘Wi-Fi Assist’.

It might not be to everyone’s taste, so here’s a little about what it is, what it does, and where you can find it:

 

  • Wi-Fi Assist is one of the lesser-known new features of iOS 9. If you’re connected to Wi-Fi at work, home or while having a coffee and the W-Fi strength isn’t that great, you’ll automatically be switched to use mobile data.

    This is great to give you uninterrupted internet access, but does carry a risk if you’re using your data heavily at the time (streaming your favourite programme on Netflix, for example) – as your phone could be using your mobile data while you think you’re on Wi-Fi.

  • You can find Wi-Fi Assist by going to Settings > Mobile Data and scrolling right the way down to the bottom. It’ll be a simple On-Off button like the one in the image at the top of this email.

  • This one’s up to you, but if you’re cautious of your mobile data usage we’d suggest you do.

    The same goes if you enjoy streaming Netflix, iPlayer or BT Sport a lot through your mobile; Wi-Fi Assist could be using your mobile data while you think you’re safely streaming from your home Wi-Fi.

  • You can indeed! It’s another great way to ensure your data usage doesn’t run away from you.

    If you go back in to Settings > Mobile Data, you’ll see the option to ‘Use Mobile Data For:’

    From there, you just switch the apps you don’t want to use mobile data off. This is a great way of ensuring your streaming apps never eat into your monthly data. Simple!

What's it all about?

Wi-Fi Assist is one of the lesser-known new features of iOS 9. If you’re connected to Wi-Fi at work, home or while having a coffee and the W-Fi strength isn’t that great, you’ll automatically be switched to use mobile data.

This is great to give you uninterrupted internet access, but does carry a risk if you’re using your data heavily at the time (streaming your favourite programme on Netflix, for example) – as your phone could be using your mobile data while you think you’re on Wi-Fi.

Where can I find it?

You can find Wi-Fi Assist by going to Settings > Mobile Data and scrolling right the way down to the bottom. It’ll be a simple On-Off button like the one in the image at the top of this email.

Should I turn it off?

This one’s up to you, but if you’re cautious of your mobile data usage we’d suggest you do.

The same goes if you enjoy streaming Netflix, iPlayer or BT Sport a lot through your mobile; Wi-Fi Assist could be using your mobile data while you think you’re safely streaming from your home Wi-Fi.

Can I choose which apps use mobile data?

You can indeed! It’s another great way to ensure your data usage doesn’t run away from you.

If you go back in to Settings > Mobile Data, you’ll see the option to ‘Use Mobile Data For:’

From there, you just switch the apps you don’t want to use mobile data off. This is a great way of ensuring your streaming apps never eat into your monthly data. Simple!

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