When your iPhone connects to the Internet on a cellular network, it will use cellular data anytime it needs to download something.
You have the ability to choose whether or not an app can use data in this situation, and iCloud Drive is one of the apps that you can configure.
Our tutorial below will show you how to use cellular data for iCloud Drive on an iPhone.
How to Let iCloud Drive Use Cellular Data on an iPhone
- Open Settings.
- Choose Cellular.
- Scroll down and turn on the iCloud Drive option.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to use cellular data for iCloud Drive on an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
In recent years iCloud has become more and more integrated with the iPhone. Recently this has included the addition of something called Google Drive, which is a feature that takes advantage of the cloud storage that are associated with your iCloud account.
You can start working on something on your iPhone, sync it to iCloud Drive, then resume working on that project with another device that shares your iCloud account.
This file syncing typically occurs over a Wi-Fi connection in order to minimize data usage, but you might find that you need to take advantage of this iCloud Drive data syncing when you can’t connect to Wi-Fi. Our guide below will show you how to enable iCloud Drive syncing over a cellular connection.
How to Sync Data to iCloud Drive Over Cellular in iOS 10 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.2. Note that this may result in significant data usage depending upon the amount of files and their file sizes that you need to sync to iCloud Drive. Be sure to monitor your cellular data usage if you are on a plan with a limited amount of monthly data.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Cellular option near the top of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the button to the right of iCloud Drive to enable it.
Now that you know how to allow the iCloud Drive app to use cellular data on your iPhone, you will be able to sync and download data with the app whenever you need to.
Note that you will be able to let iCloud Drive use data on Wi-Fi at all times.
Do you need to limit the amount of cellular data that you or someone you know are using? It’s possible to set up your iPhone so that it isn’t able to use any cellular data. Read this article to see the settings that you need to use in order to enable this.
Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office, and many other popular applications and devices.