Your monthly cellular plan likely includes a set amount of data that you can use before you must pay any additional charges.
Any time that you are connected to a cellular network and use an app that needs to access the Internet, then you will use some of that data.
If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, however, then you will not use any of your cellular data. Some apps, such as those that stream videos, can use a lot of data.
One such app is the Instant Video app from Amazon, and you may wish to modify the settings for that app so that it is unable to use your cellular data. You can follow the tutorial below to learn how to make this change.
Disable Cellular Data Usage for Amazon Instant on the iPhone 6
The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus in iOS 8.
By following the steps in this guide, you will not be able to watch any videos in the Amazon Instant app unless you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
The Amazon video-streaming service and app has been updated to “Prime Video” since this article was initially written, so you will likely need to select the app called “Prime Video” instead of “Instant Video.”
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Cellular option at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Instant Video option, then tap the button to the right of it.
You will know that cellular data is turned off for the Amazon Instant app when there is not any green shading around the button. For example, cellular data usage is turned off in the image below.
Now that you know how to block cellular data usage in the Amazon iPhone app, you won’t need to worry about inadvertently using your cellular data while watching TV shows or movies with that streaming service.
If you are blocking cellular data usage for a child’s iPhone because you do not want them to use all of the data on your cellular plan, then you may want to consider using Restrictions to prevent them from making changes to the settings. This article will show you how to do this on an iPhone in iOS 8.
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