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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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