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If you are an iphone user, you have probably already updated your phone to the latest iOS 9 software.  Well, that update could be costing you lots of money due to one little feature you probably didn’t know about.  By default, when you update to iOS 9, your phone will automatically turn “Wi-Fi Assist” on.

What is Wi-Fi- Assist, and why would you need it?  Wi-Fi Assist is used to automatically switch to cellular data when connected to a weak Wi-Fi signal.  This feature is supposed to make using the internet on your phone a faster experience.  The problem with this new feature is that Wi-Fi Assist will switch to cellular data without consumers even knowing it; therefore, causing consumers to be charged for going over their data usage.

A lawsuit has now been filed against Apple for this Wi-Fi Assist feature.  William Scott Phillips and Susan Schmidt Phillips are suing Apple for $5 million for failure to alert consumers that Wi-Fi Assist will eat up data and cause phone bills to skyrocket.

To avoid paying extra data charges, simply turn off Wi-Fi Assist off by doing the following:

  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Then go to “Cellular”
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and and toggle “Wi-Fi Assist off

Now you won’t unknowingly rack up extra data charges.  You can read more on the story here.