iOS Bug Could Cost You A Fortune In Data Fees While You’re On Vacation


  • Alexander Buczynsky

    Its not a bug, if you read what the cellular data toggle is really meant for, you would realize that it is designed to stop AUTOMATIC downloads, not to prevent manual downloads.\

  • Freek Monsuur

    Right. It’s a feature, not a bug.

  • Aj Tk427

    well you can’t download anything over 20mb anyways

  • joewaylo

    (Automatic Downloads)
    Music ON
    Apps ON
    Books ON
    Automatically download **new purchases** (including free) **made on other devices**.
    Use Cellular Data OFF
    Use cellular network to download purchases.

    This doesn’t affect purchases made on the iTunes Store by using your device in hand. Automatic Downloads is designed to sync the newest purchases on WiFi or Cellular if enabled to download from the iCloud **when it is purchased from another device**.

    If I bought it on my iPad, it syncs to my iPhone automatically using the iCloud on WiFi or Cellular (if enabled).

    If you buy an app from the iPhone or use the app while on vacation, it’ll charge data usage as it is being used. You have to disable it from general / network / cellular data off

  • Alberto Hernandez

    You should delete this article because this is not a bug.

  • David Stretanski

    It has probably not been an issue since under Settings>General>Network there is an option to turn off Data Roaming. Most travelers know of his option (or defaulted off); which likely overrides the functionality in the App Store settings.

  • Manuel Reyes

    Yup working as intended, delete!

  • Alexander Buczynsky


  • Hampus

    Yea, noticed this a few days ago, saw the option and tried turning it on in the hope that my sister would be able to download larger apps over 3G since she only has the 3G connection on her iPhone and iPad, no Wifi. Seemed like it didn’t do anything since everything worked the same with it off or on, this bug would explain that.

    However, as already stated, just turn data roaming off and you’re good to go…

  • Hampus

    How is it not a bug? Even if you set the option to download apps over 3G to off apps can still be downloaded when you obviously shouldn’t be able to…

  • Hampus

    Would be great if that was the case but it’s never worked like that for me. If I start a download on any device be it the iPhone, iPad or PC with iTunes the other device will start downloading simultaneously.