In what’s become almost as much of a fall tradition as pumpkin spice everything and watching the leaves change, iOS 9 has been released to replace and improve upon iOS 8. With each version of Apple’s popular mobile operating system comes new features. Some are nothing but great news for users. Some can be a bit of a nightmare. And some can be a mixed bag. WiFi Assist falls into that third category. For many users, it marks a great improvement, a seamless and invisible boost to your home (or coffeeshop) internet from your iPhone’s cellular data service. For other users, it’s a risky proposition. For users on a pay-as-you-go plan or for those of us who use our phones a lot, WiFi Assist can result in excess data usage fees. Worst case scenarios could climb into the hundreds of dollars.
Thankfully, it’s super easy to turn this feature off (or turn it back on if you’ve found yourself with the weak WiFi signal and really need that boost).
Step 1: Head to your settings app. Tap the Cellular button.
Step 2: Start scrolling. The setting we’re looking for is all the way down.
Step 3: Flip the switch on WiFi Assist. As with most iOS settings, green means it’s working, grey means you’ve turned it off.