Apple iOS users can now download files of up to 200MB using cellular data

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 1 Jun 2019
Apple iOS users can now download files of up to 200MB using cellular data
  • Apple increases the limit for app downloads over cellular to 200MB.
  • One can now download apps of up to 200MB from the App Store on iPhones and iPads.

If you are an iPhone or an iPad user, chances are you’ve been warned by Apple’s operating system when trying to download an app from the App Store that is above 150MB. Apple required users to connect to a Wi-Fi network to download apps and games that are over 150MB, but the company has now increased the limit to 200MB. This means one can download an app from the App Store using their cellular data if it is under 200MB in size. While this is not a huge change, iPhone and iPad users who can’t use Wi-Fi for some reason should now be able to download and install slightly larger apps. 

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The downloadable file size limit is a good option to have, otherwise, a user might accidentally burn through their data without realising it. However, it is annoying that Apple doesn’t have any way to override this setting so that users who want to download files larger than 200MB on mobile data can do so. Google, on the other hand, does a good job of notifying a user that the file they are downloading is too large in size and recommends connecting to a Wi-Fi. However, one can bypass this warning to download large apps directly over mobile data. 

Additionally, first noted by 9to5Mac, while the limit of downloading apps from the App Store is 200MB, one can download slightly larger files. This is said to be because the limit is counted against a compressed file that is to be downloaded and the App Store listing shows expanded file sizes. So, one can try to download apps that are around 230-250 MB in size and if their compressed versions are below 200MB, App Store should start downloading them. Apple initially had set mere 100MB as the upper limit of downloading apps on cellular data increased it to 150MB in September 2017. 

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