Apple Adds Data Counter to WiFi Assist

MaddiRuhl on Thursday January 14, 2016 at 10:43:29 AM

Apple Adds Data Counter to WiFi Assist

To help users be more aware of how much data the feature is using, Apple has added a WiFi Assist data counter.

Last September, Apple users started reporting enormous data usage spikes without knowing why. Soon after, it was discovered that a primary contributor to these sudden data increases was WiFi Assist, an iOS feature (which is automatically enabled on iOS 9) that is meant to make the online experience smoother when moving through an area with weak WiFi coverage. Now, a new update to WiFi Assist has been spotted on beta versions of Apple's new iOS 9.3, which adds a small counter beneath the feature on the settings page. Conveniently, this is the same page from which a user can either enable or disable WiFi Assist, so it is now easy to turn off the feature if the counter creeps too high.

Initially, Apple responded to concerns regarding the data spikes by stating that its new feature should not cause too much of an increase in data consumption. "Because you'll stay connected to the Internet over cellular when you have a poor WiFi connection," explained Apple Support, "you might use more cellular data. For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage." However, there was still no quantifying element to let users know exactly how much data usage was due to WiFi assist. Until the release of iOS 9.3, users with suspiciously high data usage are advised to turn off the feature.

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