While iPhones are less prone to errors than Android, they can sometimes run into problems. One of the problems many users have been facing recently is streaming services not working on cellular data.

According to the users, streaming services like YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, etc, only work on WiFi, and as soon as WiFi gets disconnected, the streaming apps stop. So, what’s the reason for streaming services not working without connecting to WiFi on iPhone?

Actually, the streaming services stop working when your iPhone switches to cellular data. The problem relies on your iPhone’s Cellular data settings that stop the streaming apps from functioning.

How to Fix Streaming Apps Not Working on Cellular Data on iPhone

If you are facing a similar issue, continue reading the article. Below, we have shared some simple ways to fix streaming services not working on cellular data on iPhone. Let’s get started.

1. Make sure your cellular data is working

When you disconnect a WiFi network, your iPhone automatically switches to the Cellular data.

So, chances are that the cellular data of your iPhone is not working; hence, disconnecting the WiFi network immediately disconnects the streaming services.

Hence, you need to ensure that your mobile data is working and stable. You can open sites like fast.com from the Safari web browser to check if mobile data is working & what its speed is.

2. Restart your iPhone


If your cellular data is still working and the streaming apps stop working, it’s time to restart your iPhone.

Chances are that there’s a bug or glitch in iOS that may be preventing the streaming apps from using your mobile data.

You can get rid of such bugs or glitches by restarting your iPhone. To restart, long press the Volume Up + Power button of your iPhone. The Power menu will appear; slide to Power off.

Once powered off, wait a few seconds and then turn on your iPhone. This should fix the issue you’re facing.

3. Turn off Screen Time on iPhone

Screen Time of iPhone has a feature that lets you limit app usage. There are possibilities that restrictions are set up in the Settings for ScreenTime. If you cannot recall any changes you have made to ScreenTime, it’s best to turn off the feature temporarily.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.


2. When the Settings app opens, tap on Screen Time.

Screen Time

3. On the Screen Time screen, scroll down to the bottom and tap on Turn Off App & Website Activity.

Turn Off App & Website Activity

4. Now, you will be asked to enter your iPhone passcode. Enter it.

enter your iPhone passcode

5. On the confirmation prompt, tap Turn Off App & Website Activity again.

Turn Off App & Website Activity

This will disable Screen Time on your iPhone. Once disabled, try running the streaming apps again.

4. Check if the Streaming App is Allowed to Use Cellular Data

iPhone allows you to check which apps are using your mobile data and how much bandwidth they have used and allows you to prevent apps from using your cellular data.

So, you need to check whether the streaming app that isn’t working without active WiFi can use your Cellular data. If it’s not allowed, you can allow it to use the cellular data to fix the problem.

1. To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone.


2. When the Settings app opens, tap on the Mobile Services or Cellular Data.

Mobile Services

3. On the Cellular Data screen, scroll down to see how much data you’ve used while connected to mobile internet.

Cellular Data screen

4. Scroll down more to find all apps that are using the mobile data.

5. You must find the app that stops the streaming service once WiFi is disconnected. You must find the app and ensure it can use the mobile data.

ensure it can use the mobile data

This is how you can check if the streaming app can use cellular data via iPhone Settings.

These are the best ways to fix streaming apps not working without WiFi on iPhones. If you need more help troubleshooting iPhone streaming issues, let us know in the comments below. Also, if you find this guide helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends.


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