iOS 10 gains convenient cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch

By , Sep 14, 2016


iOS 10 takes 3D Touch, a pressure sensing technology which debuted a year ago on the iPhone 6s, to plenty new places throughout the operating system. With 3D Touch, you can clear all notifications in one fell swoop, rename folders quickly, prioritize downloads, interact with notifications and more.

You also get useful 3D Touch shortcuts upon pressing app icons in Control Center (sadly, 3D-touching Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles does nothing).

Worse, Control Center continues to inexplicably lack a dedicated cellular data toggle. But worry not, as Apple has found a way to slip in that sought-after cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch.

Just press the Settings icon with 3D Touch and you should notice the presence of a brand new Cellular Data shortcut. Tap it to be taken to the cellular section inside the Settings app. The other three options in the shortcuts menu—Battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—have been there since iOS 9.

If I were you, I’d put Settings in the Dock to make the cellular data shortcut accessible from any Home screen. Will you be using this shortcut a lot, do you think?

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  • Daniel Brown

    Ummm the 3D Touch battery doesn’t display the current battery charge level…

    • You’re right. The post was incorrect. I got it fixed. Sorry about that

      • Daniel Brown

        No worries 🙂

  • lukemul69

    Yah, my battery is full yet in 3D Touch it’s the same as your screenshot.

    • You’re right. The post was incorrect. I got it corrected. Sorry about that.

  • Budz Camacho

    Quick reply on Facebook Messenger

  • Kenneth Wu

    I can finally delete those useless stock apps. My phone breaths a *sigh* of relief. This is the first update that actually improved performance. I don’t know if it was coz of my delete most of my stock apps or not tho.

    • czbird

      You would be just hiding icons. Nothing is deleted 🙂

      • Kenneth Wu

        true that, but the app’s disabled. it means that any navigation I do is defaulted to google maps. yay!

      • czbird

        Good to know!

      • Kenneth Wu

        although, to my disgust, siri still doesn’t play well with google maps. we can’t win can we? *sigh*

  • czbird

    It took Apple so long NOT to add Personal Hotspot toggle in the Control Center that they finally got me buying an iPad with Cellular option, so that I don’t have to use the feature anymore. Bravo.