Apple’s iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist feature: Friend or Foe?

Apple’s latest addition of Wi-Fi Assist to iOS 9 has been causing quite a stir in the news recently. On by default, the controversial new feature seamlessly switches from Wi-Fi to mobile data when your devices connection to Wi-Fi becomes too weak.

This comes in really handy when you're in areas of patchy Wi-Fi and need uninterrupted internet access for video or music streaming. The downside is, if you’re not on an unlimited data plan you may exceed your data limit without knowing it, as warned by Chris Mills of Gizmodo...

I’ve been using Wi-Fi Assist on my iPhone for a few months; even despite knowing what to look for (a greyed-out Wi-Fi icon), I haven’t really noticed it in action. But it has been showing up in my cell data usage: since downloading the iOS 9 beta that introduced Wi-Fi assist, I’ve used around a third more data a month (4GB vs my regular-as-clockwork 3GB).

Ultimately we think that Wi-Fi Assist is potentially a very useful feature that can definitely improve your mobile user experience. However additional data required to use it could result in users exceeding their data allowance so caution is advised. A simple way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to change apps with high data usage such as Netflix and YouTube to “Wi-Fi only". You can also always keep track of your data usage using the My Meteor app or by sending Balance Data to 50104.

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Friend and Foe,this would differ between individuals

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