How to play Apple Music high quality streams on cellular

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Apple Music on iOS includes an option to stream your music at high bitrates over a mobile data network at all times. As you know, Apple Music defaults to high-quality streams on Wi-Fi.

With this toggle, you can control your cellular data usage by enabling or disabling high bitrates when streaming or downloading music over your carrier’s cellular data network.

How to turn high-quality cellular streaming on and off

Step 1: Launch Settings on your device.

Step 2: Tap on Music.

Step 3: Select the Cellular Data cell, and turn on the High Quality Streaming switch, as shown below.

High Quality Streaming for Music on iPhone

Enabling hight bit rates ensures that songs you stream or download for offline listening are delivered at the highest quality at all times, whether on Wi-Fi or cellular.

Apple doesn’t disclose exact Apple Music bitrates, but reports claimed audio streams max out at 256kbps in the AAC format.

Higher bit rates consume more cellular data and songs may take longer to start playing. You might want to disable the aforesaid options in order to limit Apple Music to Wi-Fi connections only, which ensures that streaming won’t eat up into your mobile data.

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