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# 214196 1-May-2017 19:26
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So, I'm reasonably informed on networking but Apple devices are a bit of a black art to me because I have always favoured Windows and Android.


Recently on holiday and I set myself up with a local SIM and 900MB of data for $20, which I thought would be ample for the week.  Until, that is, I allowed my son to connect his laptop to my android mobile hotspot.  I had taken the precaution of disabling system and app updates on the iPad, but it still slurped data at about 1MByte per second (quite a good 4G network in Raro now).  I'd burned through 200MB in a few minutes before I realised what was happening and killed the hotspot.


So, short of going into every app or feature and turning off background data use, is there any equivalent in iOS to Windows' and Android's "metered connection"?  The Googling I've done up to now indicates not, but GZers may know better.  I assume the culprit was probably something like photo cloud sync, but it would be a whole lot easier to do this at the connection level .

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  # 1773878 1-May-2017 21:59
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Nothing out of the box about metered connection AFAIK. For devices with a SIM card in them, you can disable "mobile data" with one switch.


Looking at my home network stats, iOS devices are heavy data users anyway.yell

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  # 1773883 1-May-2017 22:06
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Yeah, iOS is a hassle on metered WiFi. With no temporary pause/disable option for iCloud backups and no built in option to measure traffic like it can on cellular. First places to look would be Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads and your iCloud settings.


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  # 1774138 2-May-2017 11:31
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Thanks for the replies - it looks like this just isn't supported on iThings.  Strange that a basic and very useful feature on other OSs would be neglected in this way


From my research, it looks like iCloud sync was the only thing I failed to disable - I'll try turning that off next time

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