How to Stop Downloading Large Apps Automatically Over Cellular on an iPhone

The steps in this article are going to show you how to adjust a setting on your iPhone that will cause your device to prompt you whenever it wants to automatically download an app over 200 MB when you’re on a cellular data connection.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose the iTunes & App Store option.
  3. Touch the App Downloads button.
  4. Tap the Ask if Over 200 MB option to select it.

Manually updating apps on your iPhone can become a hassle when you have a lot of them. Fortunately there is a way to have app updates and apps from other devices install automatically.

You can even set up your iPhone so that these downloads will occur when you are on a cellular network, meaning that your iPhone will constantly be making sure that you have all your apps, and their most current versions installed.

But this can lead to a lot of data usage, as some apps can be multiple GB in size.

Luckily there is an option on your iPhone where you can have it prompt you whenever it is about to download an app on a cellular connection and that app is more than 200 MB in size.

How to Make Your iPhone Prompt You Before Downloading Large Apps Over a Cellular Connection

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3.1. Note that your device will still download apps under 200 MB automatically even when this option is enabled.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the Settings app

Step 2: Select the iTunes & App Store option.

open the iTunes and App Store menu

Step 3: Touch the App Downloads button.

select the App Downloads option

Step 4: Tap the Ask if Over 200 MB button.

how to stop your iPhone from automatically downloading large apps

Note that you need to have the Automatic Downloads option enabled under Cellular Data in Step 3 for your iPhone to automatically download apps an app updates over a cellular network.

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