Traveling to a foreign country can require a lot of preparation, and the importance of cellular phones in day-to-day life likely means that you will need a way to use your device while you are gone.
Fortunately, your iPhone can typically be used in other countries, but you may need to make some adjustments to do so.
One change you might need to make is turning on your device’s Voice Roaming and Data Roaming options. Cellular providers are different in many countries, so your iPhone may not be able to connect to any networks that it finds while you are traveling.
But once you turn on roaming, you can typically connect to foreign networks so that you can keep in touch via email, text, and voice.
However, it is best to use the iPhone sporadically, as roaming charges are frequently not included in your cellular plan.
Enable Voice Roaming and Data Roaming on an iPhone in iOS 8
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5 in iOS 8.
Note that turning on voice and data roaming when you are travelling internationally can result in very high cellular charges. It is often a good idea to contact your cellular provider to see what sort of rates they offer for international travel so that you can be prepared for the increased bill that you will receive after using voice and data roaming in a foreign country.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Open the Cellular menu.
Step 3: Touch the Roaming button.
Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Voice & Data Roaming to enable roaming on your device.
Your screen should then look like the image below. You will know that roaming is turned on for your device when there is green shading around the Voice Roaming and Data Roaming buttons.
Now that you know how to turn on voice and data roaming on the iPhone 5, you can better control how your device is able to connect to cellular networks if you are out of range of your provider’s network.
Summary – How to Enable iPhone Roaming
- Open Settings.
- Select Cellular.
- Choose Cellular Data Options.
- Enable Data Roaming.
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