Apple Finally Improving Its Data-Munching Wi-Fi Assist

Apple's Finally Improving Its Data-Munching Wi-Fi Assist

In iOS 9, Apple introduced Wi-Fi Assist, a theoretically good feature that defaults to cellular data when your wi-fi connection is sucking. Unfortunately, in doing so, it quietly went through my data plan without telling me. In the latest beta of iOS, Apple is fixing that — kind of.

Wi-Fi Assist is still present in iOS 9.3 beta 1; the difference is a tiny counter underneath the toggle to enable Wi-Fi Assist, which tells you how much data has been used by the feature.

It's not a perfect fix — I would still like some kind of symbol in the status bar (or a drop-down notification) when cellular data is being used in preference of wi-fi. But at least with this counter, I'll be able to see if iOS is really the culprit for me running over my data allowance, rather than just guessing.


    Android has had this feature for a long time, will use data if it can't get anything through wifi. I've never had it chew through it like crazy before - what where you doing?

    It also helps that it shows what you are using in the status bar.

      This, and Android has a heap of settings that allow you to restrict data transfer to Wi-Fi only, so you can stop stuff like app downloads and photo transfers from wasting precious data. Is there no Apple equivalent?

        Yeah, it warns if you are about to download a large app and suggests you use Wi Fi. I also haven't got mine set to download app updates automatically as I like to see what is new in a few and I would miss it otherwise.

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