You can now download bigger iOS apps over cellular

You can now download bigger iOS apps over cellular


iOS 11 iPad Pro
Look out for the changes next month.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple has finally increased the cellular download limit for iOS apps.

Following the release of iOS 11, you can now download titles up to 150 MB in size without a Wi-Fi connection. That’s still not enough for many apps and games, but it is a step in the right direction.

When Apple first introduced the App Store, its cellular download limit was a measly 10 MB. It was then increased to 50 MB before being doubled to 100 MB in 2013, but it has remained at this level over the past four years.

With the release of iOS 11, Apple bumped the limit to 150 MB. This gives you a bit more freedom when downloading from the App Store on 3G or LTE, but you’ll still need to use Wi-Fi to download many apps, and almost all modern games.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t give us the option to disable this limit, so even if you have an unlimited data plan — as most of us do these days — you’re stuck with it. It would be nice to see this change in a future iOS release, since there’s not a lot you can do with 150 MB today.

Still, it’s one of the many improvements to the App Store with iOS 11, which has been completely redesigned for this release. It now features a Today section that showcases the hottest titles, and the ability to preview apps for macOS.


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