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This week, I got a very rude shock when I received a text message from Telstra saying that I had used up nearly all of my month's allowance of mobile data - with 9 days to go until the end of the billing cycle!
I was not conscious of having done anything that could have used up that much data, so did a bit of detective work on my iPhone 7 Plus to see what was eating my data.
Uncovering the 'data gobbler'
I found in Settings -> Mobile that one of the biggest consumers of my data was System Services.
Normally, I only have a problem with my mobile data use when I have been using my 'personal hotspot' - which I had not done recently.
Further investigation showed that the big user of my mobile data was iTunes Media Services and iTunes Accounts.
So it was obviously something to do with my music. I had been listening to music as I walked, and wondered if that was the issue.
But that was not the problem. The problem was with an option I had turned on in Settings -> Music.
My Mobile Data setting was on - as I wanted to ensure that I could stream music when not on Wi-Fi. What I hadn't noticed was that there are some further options in the Mobile Data option.
Tapping on the Mobile Data option showed that I had the Downloads option turned on.
In addition to this, I also had the Automatic Download option enabled in Settings -> Music.
This setting meant that any music that I added to my Library in Apple Music would be automatically downloaded to my iPhone (as long as there is space).
I had recently added a couple of '70's Music' playlists, not realising they automatically downloaded - AND that, due to my setting in the Mobile Data, this downloading could happen using my mobile data.
Needless to say, I have now turned off the Downloads option in the Mobile Data option of Settings -> Music.
I suggest you all do the same, to avoid getting caught out like I did!
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You may have noticed on Wednesday (1/7/15) that a little red 1 appeared on your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Or your device may have popped up with a Software Update notification in the middle of the screen, telling you that iOS 8.4 is available to install.
For two of my devices, there is not yet any indication of the update. But, if I go to Settings -> General -> Software Update, I can see that the update is there - ready and waiting (and, in one case, in the process of downloading).
So, what's in iOS 8.4 and should you download it?
iOS 8.4 adds a major new service from Apple, called Apple Music.
The are numerous online articles about this new service, some of which are listed below, for those who want to find out more about this new service from Apple. I have signed up for the 3 month trial, so will report back on my findings!
Importantly, iOS 8.4 also includes several security updates to patch some 'gaps' in device security, especially on some older devices.
Here's Apple's article with specifics of these security updates.
Should you install iOS 8?
I would recommend proceeding with the install of iOS 8.4.
Even if you are not so interested in Apple Music, it is important to ensure that security updates are applied to your device.
If you need any assistance with performing this update, contact iTandCoffee on 1300 885 420.
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