How to Make iPhone Ask Before Downloading Apps Over Cellular

You can configure your iPhone to automatically install apps, and it can even perform these downloads over a cellular network. Use these steps to make your iPhone ask before it downloads apps over a cellular connection.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose the iTunes & App Store option.
  3. Select App Downloads.
  4. Tap the Always Ask option.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

You can set up your iPhone so that is automatically manages some of its tedious activities. Included among these activities is updating apps.

It’s likely that you have downloaded at least a couple of apps on your device, and those apps periodically need updates.

Your iPhone is able to download these apps automatically, and it can occur on either a cellular network or a Wi-Fi network, depending which option you have chosen.

While you may not have a problem letting these app downloads occur over cellular, you might also like to stay in control of which apps are downloaded this way.

Our guide below will show you how to adjust a setting on your iPhone so that you are prompted each time before the iPhone downloads an app when you are on a cellular network.

How to Make Your iPhone Ask Before Performing App Downloads Over Cellular

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.6.1.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open Settings

Step 2: Scroll down and choose the iTunes & App Store option.

open iTunes and App Store

Step 3: Touch the App Downloads button.

select app downloads

Step 4: Choose the Always Ask option.

iPhone always ask before app downloads over cellular

Note that app updates over a cellular connection can use a surprising amount of data, especially if you have a lot of apps installed.

If you find that you are constantly managing your app update downloads after making this change, then you might want to consider selecting the option to only allow updates that are under 200 MB. Alternatively you could simply elect to prevent cellular updates and only perform them when connected to Wi-Fi.

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