App Store’s cellular download limit increases on iPhone


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Apple has finally increased the App Store’s cellular download limit on the iPhone — but not by much.

You can now download up to 200MB over a 3G or 4G connection. The limit was previously set at 150MB. You will still need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to download larger apps and games.

The larger cap means you should be able to download more updates on the go. But if you attempt to download anything larger than 200MB, you’ll be greeted by a warning message.

Apple provides an App Store cellular limit to prevent users from inadvertently downloading large files and using up all their data. But a 200MB cap, with no option to disable it, is laughable in 2019.

Thanks to super-speedy 4G and bigger data plans, fewer users need a cellular limit. And very few App Store titles now weigh in at under 200MB. But at least it’s more than 150MB.

Here’s to hoping Apple eventually gives us the option to override the limit. That would certainly be a nice addition in iOS 13.


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