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Apple Music Consumes Massive 3G/4G Data Bandwidth! How Do I Stop It?

Last updated: August 29, 2015 at 0:10 am

Question: So I am using Apple Music along with Beats 1 radio on my iPhone almost everyday, but the monthly cellular data bills are massive. Streaming music eats up almost close to 100 MB of data in 1 hour, and I wonder if there is any way to stop Apple Music from consuming bandwidth on 3G/4G/LTE network?

Answer: Someone once said that people addicted to Apple Music, and can’t seem to stop listening to those radio stations, can switch to slower 2G/GPRS connection. Because that connection gives you the slowest Internet speed possible. It saves bandwidth though.

Silly, I know.. but something worth following if you are an addict.

But better way to stop Apple Music from eating all your mobile data bandwidth is to do the following:

  • Turn OFF high quality streaming
  • Download the songs offline

Both the solutions are discussed here:

Turn OFF high quality streaming

This feature is only available on iOS 9. Go to Settings -> iCloud Music Library -> Scroll to find “High quality on Cellular.”

Disable this by toggling the switch (green turns white). And now Apple Music will play the music on a lower bitrate (low-quality). You will barely see the difference in the audio quality, yet the amount of data / bandwidth you will save will be significant.

Download the songs offline

If you listen to the same artist songs again or again, or you have a playlist, then you can download these songs from Apple Music for offline listening.

When you do this, some of your 3G/4G/LTE bandwidth will be used, but once the song is successfully downloaded on your device – you can playback unlimited number of times, without having to worry about bandwidth anymore.

To take Apple Music songs offline, tap on the Music app, select the song or album you want to save, then tap More button (looks like •••).

A menu pops up. From this, select “Make available offline.” The song will begin downloading, consuming your mobile data, but once completed – you have the freedom to play it back at your will.

Lastly, you can also disable cellular data and switch over to WiFi network if available. You can use a home or public WiFi.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware