How to Enable Cellular Data Usage for Music Streaming on an iPhone 7

Some of the media apps on your iPhone can use a lot of data when you stream over cellular networks.

While video streaming and games may often use the most data, the default Music app can also consume a lot of it. For this reason, you might have turned off streaming for the Apple Music app.

But if you are going to be away from home and won’t be on Wi-Fi, then our tutorial will show you how to enable cellular data usage for music streaming on an iPhone 7 so that you can use the service on a cellular network.

How to Let the iPhone Music App Use Cellular Data

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Music.
  3. Turn on Cellular Data.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to enable cellular data usage for music streaming on an iPhone 7, including pictures of these steps.

Your iPhone can be connected to cellular or Wi-Fi networks as you go about your daily activities.

The device will prioritize Wi-Fi connections when they are in range, as a Wi-Fi network is usually faster and won’t use the cellular data from your plan.

But if you travel a lot, you may not always be near a Wi-Fi network, which will necessitate that you connect to a cellular network to download data.

Music streaming through the iPhone’s Music app requires data usage, so if you want to play music on your iPhone when you aren’t on Wi-Fi, you will need to let the app use cellular data. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting.

How to Turn on the Cellular Data Streaming Usage Option in iOS 10 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.

Once you have enabled this setting, your iPhone will continue to stream music even when you are connected to a cellular network.

If you are on a limited data plan, you should monitor your monthly cellular data usage to ensure that you are not charged for overage. Music streaming can consume a significant amount of data if you use it a lot.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

iphone 7 settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Music option.

iphone music settings

Step 3: Touch the Cellular Data button.

iphone music cellular data menu

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Cellular Data to turn it on, then tap the button to the right of Streaming to turn that on as well.

You can elect to turn on the High Quality Streaming option as well, but note that this can increase the amount of cellular data that your music streaming will use.

how to enable cellular data streaming for music on iphone

Now that you know how to enable cellular data usage for music streaming on an iPhone 7, you can toggle this setting on or off when you want to be able to stream your music over a cellular network.

Are you going to be traveling to a foreign country and would like to be able to use cellular data while you’re there? You can read this guide to learn how to turn on data roaming on your iPhone. Note, however, that the charges for roaming data usage can be quite high.