Does iMessage Use Data? How to Find How Much Data Does iMessage Use

iMessage is a popular instant messaging service which has been developed and launched by Apple for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It utilizes the cellular data instead of the traditional SMS protocol to send text messages, images and even pictures. The app is being used by thousands of people but hardly anyone notices that a lot of data gets consumed by the application while sending those messages. The information is important for specially those users who are on bandwidth capped cellular plans and don’t know why they hit the data limit so quickly each time.

How to Track Data Usage of iMessage?

Finding this information is not at all difficult if you have an iPhone or iPad which is running a latest version of iOS. You can track your iMessage data consumption and control it according to your data plan’s limit. Most of the people use iMessage app on their iPhones so we are going to provide steps for that in this article.

  • First of all open Settings app from the Home screen
  • Tap on Cellular at the top section


  • You will get the list of all apps, Scroll down and select System


  • Services located at the bottom


  • It will show you Messaging Services and the cellular data consumption next to it which is actually for iMessage

Most of the cellular data gets consumed when you send images and videos instead of generic text without multimedia because text messages are small in size. For instance, if you send an image that it may eat up to 5 MB, on the other side a text message eat few kilobytes only and do not create any problem even if you have a small data plan with limited usage capacity.

It is also not possible for any user to disable iMessage for sending messages using cellular data and keeping it enabled for Wi-Fi Connections. However, you can completely turn off iMessage service on your iPhone by following the steps given below

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Go to Messages


  • At the top you will find iMessage, toggle it to turn off the feature


  • Make sure that Send as SMS is on

After turning the iMessage app, you won’t receive any iMessage, but would be able to send and receive traditional SMS and MMS. By doing so you can certainly avoid unwanted data consumption, but sending text messages could be more expensive if you don’t have any specific texting plan with your iPhone. Turning the feature can also make it difficult to communicate with those friends who are associated through iMessage. The quality of a video won’t be as impressive as iMessage if you send it via MMS protocol.

Then what is the solution? Well! If you are on a capped data plan then it is advisable to keep monitoring the data usage of iMessage and avoid sending large videos and images when you are close to hit the data limit. It will help you to avoid getting overcharged for exceeding the data limit and you would also be able to utilize your data in an efficient manner for other important tasks.

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