Wi-Fi Assist is great for maintaining connections on shaky Wi-Fi. But it can also quickly eat up your data plan.

One of iOS 9’s new features, Wi-Fi Assist, lets you automatically pop over to cellular data if you end up on a Wi-Fi network with a poor connection. That’s great for maintaining your Netflix stream or Facebook browsing, but not so great for your data usage.

Buzzfeed noted that they’d had several readers write in worried about blowing through their data plan in Canada, but this feature could be painful for everyone with limited data plans. As such, here’s how to turn it off so that you don’t get slammed with mega data overages.

How to disable Wi-Fi Assist

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Cellular.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and switch the Wi-Fi Assist toggle to Off.

If you want to quickly return to this toggle at any point to turn it on when you have bad Wi-Fi signal but good cell service, we recommend using the following Siri command: "Open Cellular preferences".


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