app store cellular download limit

With iOS 13 and iPadOS, you can disable the App Store cellular download limit so you’re not asked for permission when downloading items over 200MB using your iPhone’s cellular data.

To ensure you don’t waste precious cellular data (after all, many non-US customers are on metered plans) by accidentally downloading a massive app over your iPhone’s cellular connection, Apple has traditionally put a cap on content downloads when not using Wi-Fi.

About App Store cellular download limit

This ceiling has been raised by Apple several times in the past, with the most recent change in May 2019 increasing the previous 150MB cellular cap to the current 200MB ceiling.

App Store downloads over Wi-Fi networks have no cap.

The per-item download cap also applies to other stuff hosted by Apple’s digital stores, like music, podcasts, books, audiobooks, movies, television shows and more.

TIP: Bypass the App Store cellular download limit, no jailbreak required

Also worth mentioning, you might be able to download an item over cellular even if it exceeds the size listed in the App Store because that only reports item sizes before they are compressed. As you know, Apple takes advantage of a technique called app thinning to reduce the size of an actual download versus the uncompressed size listed in the store.

For instance, you may be able to download a game over your iPhone’s cellular data connection even if the listed item is more than 200MB. With app thinning, only the assets that are relevant for your particular device are downloaded, with things like iPad UI and similar ignored.

app store cellular download limit

In iOS 13, you can permit cellular downloads over 200 MB.

iOS 13 and iPadOS brought new controls for managing the App Store cellular download limit. It can now be disabled so that any App or iTunes Store item, regardless of its size, could download via your carrier’s cellular data connection, no permission needed whatsoever.

By default, iOS 13 and iPadOS permit downloads up to 200MB — any items over 200MB in size that you attempt to download over cellular networks will require explicit permission.

Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s step-by-step tutorial included right ahead to learn how to disable the App Store cellular download limit so you can download iPhone apps over 200 MB.

How to disable App Store cellular download limit

To adjust your App Store cellular download limit, do the following:

1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 13 or on your iPad with iPadOS.

2) Choose iTunes & App Store from the main list.

3) Tap App Downloads underneath the heading Cellular Data.

4) Now adjust your App Store cellular download limit:

  • Always Allow: This will permit all apps to download automatically using cellular data.
  • Ask If Over 200 MB: Choose this to only permit apps under 200MB to download automatically using your carrier’s cellular connection. This is the default setting.
  • Always Ask: Toggle this setting if you’d like to always be asked for permission to download apps using cellular data, no matter their size.

This is what an App Store permission dialog looks like.

app store cellular download limit

To save you from bill shock, permission to download is always required when roaming.

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