How to Update iOS 10 with Cellular Data – iPhone

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How To Update iOS 9.0 with Cellular Data on iPhone 7 Plus – (Please don’t use Cellular Data to upgrade iOS) – can be quite expensive

Apple has done many updates in their operating system, and the latest update is iOS 10.2.1. Many iPhone 6 users are interested on how to update their devices using cellular data. Some iPhone 6/iPhone 7 Plus users with 3G or 4G network have more than enough MBs / GBs with really fast downloading speed. But, can we download iOS 9/iOS 10 update with cellular data?

Many carrier networks have fair usage policy regarding the usage of unlimited 3G and 4G. This is to make users be cautious about downloading huge files. iOS 10 has 1.5 GB, and downloading this update using cellular data will definitely give you higher chances of huge amount of mobile bill by the end of the month.

You may try to take the risk of paying huge amount of bill(Some mobile plan say UNLIMTED DATAS but “Most unlimited data plans aren’t really unlimited”). Inside your mobile plan contract you can find out the details of how much data they allow, for most mobile(verizon/T-Mobile/AT&T/Sprint) carriers set a certain amount of data that you can use at the fastest speed. After using those highspeed data, any extra data will be slowed, which meant after using like 6-10GB of data. You will experience very slow mobile speed.


Apple Stops the Device From Using Your unlimited Cellular Data on upgrading to iOS 10

Because iOS 10 is a large firmware updates, Apple stops automatically the usage of cellular data on update. The cellular download cap is actually 100 MB only which means that files with more than 100 MB in size cannot be downloaded using your mobile data or cellular data.

Apple does not let the usage of cellular data to download updates for iOS 10. To download the latest update.

Enable Personal Wi-Fi hotspot while your cellular data is on and update your device using WiFi hotspot.


That is the only solution to get the latest version for your device updated with Cellular data on iPhone 7 Plus.

Note: if you disconnect midway on the download of the iOS, you can resume it.

Upgrading to the latest iOS at home with a Wi-Fi connection is the simplest and best way. If you’re busy just wait till you have time at home.

If the latest iOS update is missing with Wifi connection,

Try turning Wi-Fi Off -> Turn on Cellular Data -> Check Find Update -> Turn back on Wifi and you can see the latest update


Can you download Apps with cellular data? Yes you can download apps with cellular data, but you’ll be limited to downloading maximum of 100MB. Apple did this to save you cellular data. Only big game Apps will be over 100MB.

Excessive Cellular Data Usage After Updating to iOS 10 – General

Many people complain about the extreme increase of their cellular data usage after updating to the latest iOS version. Some suspect that the feature Wi-Fi assist is the main cause of the problem. Why is this happening?


The iOS 9 feature WiFi assist automatically switches iOS 9 devices from Wi-Fi connection to cellular data whenever WiFi is weak. Its’ goal is to detect any slow or weak WiFi connection and automatically switch to cellular data immediately. This feature can be useful for people with unlimited cellular data, but not for everyone else which consumes all data without our permission.

To solve this problem of excessive usage of mobile data, just switch off WiFi assist.

Go to Settings, then choose Cellular or Mobile Data. Look for WiFi assist and turn it off. After disabling, iOS 10 will not consume your cellular data anymore for frequent updates, surfing, music when you are connected to your WiFi.

Updating the latest iOS 9.2.1 to fix minor bugs and issue.

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One thought on “How to Update iOS 10 with Cellular Data – iPhone

  1. Benny says:

    Opened a Wi-Fi hotspot and got my update done.

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