The iTunes Radio feature can be accessed through the Music app on your iPhone, and offers a service similar to what you would find with Pandora. You can use a song on your iPhone to create stations in iTunes Radio, or you can select from many pre-existing stations. This is a great feature that offers a convenient way to listen to music.
But iTunes Radio will use cellular data if you listen to it while connected to a cellular network, which can eat into your monthly data allotment. If you listen to iTunes Radio a lot while connected to a cellular network, then your data can get used rather quickly. If you would like to adjust your device settings so that you only listen to iTunes radio when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, then our tutorial below will show you how to make this change.
Only Listen to iTunes Radio on Wi-Fi in iOS 8
The steps in this guide were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. These steps will also work for other devices that are using iOS 8. If you are unsure which version of iOS is installed on your iPhone, this article will show you how to check.
Note that turning off the option below will also prevent your iPhone from using cellular data for iTunes Match and for automatic iTunes downloads.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the iTunes & App Store option.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the button to the right of Cellular Data. When the option is turned off there will not be any green shading around the button. For example, Cellular Data for iTunes Radio is turned off in the image below.
Cellular data for iTunes Radio can be turned back on rather easily, however, so if you are making this change on a child’s phone, then it can be more effective to prevent changes to cellular data settings after you have disabled cellular data for iTunes Radio. Click here and read how you can use Restrictions on the iPhone to prevent cellular data settings changes.
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