TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – We’ve all been there. Those moments when you are trying to watch a video on a Wi-Fi network and it just crawls.
Deep down, you know it would just be better to shut off the Wi-Fi and use the cell network.
After the iOS 9 update, your iPhone does that by default. If it notices slow speeds on Wi-Fi, it will automatically switch to the network.
It’s called Wi-Fi Assist, and it’s pretty great… if you have a big data plan.
However, in the past few years, carriers have started cracking down on the unlimited data plans. Now, for most, you get a set amount of data, and if you go over that, you will get charged extra.
Most of you are aware of this, though, so before you do any music streaming, and binge on Netflix, you will make sure you are on Wi-Fi.
But what happens if after binge-watching half a season of “How I Met Your Mother” you realize you’ve been on LTE for the last hour? That’s a lot of data usage, and you either ate through a lot of your allotment or went over.
With Wi-Fi Assist on, you might not even notice you’ve been on the cell network. It doesn’t notify you.
Shutting it off is easy though, and it might save you money.
Go to settings > Cellular > scroll all the way down > and uncheck Wi-Fi Assist.