How to Turn On Data Roaming on the iPhone 5

Last updated on May 20th, 2023 at 08:45 am

Cell phones and other mobile devices are becoming a large part of daily life for more and more people, which means that the average budget now needs to find a way to include a cellular or mobile phone expense. One of the nice things about most current plans is that they are a predictable amount that will not vary considerably from month to month. However, one aspect of your phone’s usage that could increase a bill is using data while you are roaming. This is of particular concern for people that often travel internationally, as many plans will not cover international usage. Luckily, by default, your iPhone is configured so that you do not use data while you are roaming. But if you find yourself in a situation where you might need to use data while roaming, you can follow the directions below to activate data roaming on the iPhone 5.


Enable Roaming Data on the iPhone 5


Once again, it is important to point out that data roaming can get very expensive. So if you plan to use this feature on your phone, it is a good idea to check with your provider to get an idea of the expense that you should expect to incur.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on your phone.

tap settings icon
Open the iPhone 5 Settings menu


Step 2: Select the General option.

select the general option
Open the General menu


Step 3: Tap the Cellular option.

tap the cellular option
Open the Cellular menu


Step 4: Choose the Roaming option.

select the roaming option
Open the Roaming menu


Step 5: Touch the button to the right of Data Roaming to turn it on.

how to turn on data roaming on the iphone 5
Turn on Data Roaming


You should also check out the other roaming options on this screen, as they are likely important for your situation as well. Each section has a pretty good description of what that feature will do, so you can just read this screen to determine which options you might need.


For another way to manage your data usage, check out this article about turning off all cellular data on your phone. This setting will work out very well for a large number of people, and can really help to lower your monthly payments.

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