Why «Remote Software» in the settings of mobile Internet on iPhone consumes traffic

Examining iPhone User Reviews, running the latest iOS, starting at 13, gives an interesting observation – a lot of people complain about the high consumption of Internet traffic. It’s not even surprising, and then, what its previously deleted applications consume.

Faced with this problem complain, that their smartphones transmit large amounts of data somewhere wirelessly. And okay, this would apply exclusively to Wi-Fi networks – on mobile networks, set limits are quickly reached and exceeded. Not all users have this problem, nevertheless she cannot be overlooked. At the same time, such iOS behavior is not connected with a specific iPhone model.

First you need to find out, what’s the point in iOS «Remote software» has been full-time for at least 4 years. Here you can find out how much traffic the applications you have removed have consumed. This information helps to understand, where do those gigabytes or megabytes disappear, which are especially critical in terms of a tariff with a limited amount of traffic. The problem was, what users, even knowing about this menu item, began to complain about the overestimated rates of cellular traffic consumption by this element.

«Remote software» on iOS consumes mobile traffic?

A cursory study of the problem revealed, that it has nothing to do with the country of residence, meeting not only among Russians, but also for users from other parts of the world. All these people once found a field in a cellular data counter «Remote software», to which the bulk of the consumed traffic belonged. Sometimes the flow rate was so big, which amounted to tens and even hundreds of gigabytes.

It’s hard to believe, that some inactive application needs to transmit such a volume of information. But it’s important to understand one nuance.

In iOS, the counter of traffic consumption from «Remote software» not reset every month, how that would look logical. In this way,


On the menu «Remote software» indicates the entire volume of consumed cellular traffic by iOS applications, that have been deleted from the device since the last counter reset in the Cellular Data section.

It is highly likely that, that few people bother resetting this parameter. As a result, applications accumulate, each of which at the time of deletion consumed megabytes and gigabytes of traffic.

It was worth polling users, as it turned out, that the counter is really not reset, and over the years of use, the numbers are summed up, and a pretty impressive number is formed. It is highly likely that, that the traffic was consumed by the users themselves.

Conspiracy theory?

Among those complaining about increased traffic consumption there are also such users, who are convinced of the uniform and constant use of traffic, regardless of the removal of a particular software and whether or not information is transmitted over cellular networks. It’s hard to believe, that’s just such people are not few. Some users have noted, that they left their smartphone with an indicator of 600 MB downloaded «Remote software» traffic, and after checking after a few hours, the indicators increased to 700-800 MB. Comes out, that the smartphone is transmitting information in the background, recording the flow rate «Remote software».

Apple itself does not comment on the situation, promising to sort it out and give an answer later.

This situation and the behavior of the software developer immediately spawned a series of conspiracy theories. The most popular version speaks about Apple’s opening to American intelligence agencies access to customer smartphone data, making stealth surveillance possible. And those gigabytes leaking to the Internet – secretly taken photos and audio recordings of conversations, as well as data on the user’s movements and his personal files. Hard to believe in such theories, but how are things on your device? Does this indicator remain constant until the removal of the next application, or does it gradually increase even in the conditions of unchanged installed programs? Tell us about your experiences, this will help identify the problem!