How to activate the ‘Reduced data mode’ on the iPhone and what advantages it brings

iOS 13 introduced on the iPhone a lot of smaller news that for many went unnoticed. One of them was the ‘Reduced data mode’, functionality of the system settings that allows us not to spend so much data when using the phone. It can be used for both Wi-Fi networks and for the data rate with the operator. Let’s see how it works.

Steps to activate the ‘Reduced data mode’ in Wi-Fi and Mobile data

This mode that reduces data consumption can be used both in the Wi-Fi networks that we connect and in the data rate we are using, or the rates if we have Dual SIM or eSIM. In either case, it must be activated separately for each network.

The steps to activate the ‘Reduced data mode’ on Wi-Fi are as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iOS device.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi
  3. Select the Wi-Fi network where you want to activate it by pressing the information icon with an ‘i’.
  4. Activate the ‘Reduced data mode’ option.

The steps to activate the ‘Reduced data mode’ in Mobile data are as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iOS device.
  2. Press Mobile data.
  3. Select the mobile data plan in which you want to activate it if you have many of them.
  4. Activate the ‘Reduced data mode’ option.

What is the ‘reduced data mode’ for?

Now, what does the user achieve by activating this option? Basically we are facing a mode similar to Battery Saving Mode, although this time what is saved is data. The system automatically reduces or deactivates different functions that can consume data and do not necessarily provide many advantages to the user or are not essential. Some of the things that change with the active mode:

  • Apps like Music, App Store or Podcasts stop downloading content in the background or automatically and will only do so with a Wi-Fi network.
  • Automatic backups or updates to the Photos app are disabled.
  • FaceTime reduces the quality of video calls to optimize data consumption.
  • Third-party apps do not use background data if the app is optimized for this mode.
  • In third-party apps, the quality of streaming content is reduced if the app is optimized for this mode.

I have been using this data saving mode for a few weeks to see what its impact on the user is and the truth is that the feelings are very good. You practically do not notice a difference in daily use, since most of the functions that you deactivate are not essential. On the other hand, it is noted at the end of the month how data consumption is significantly reduced. It is ideal for those who have a somewhat reduced data rate.

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