Apple Music users on iPhone 12, iPhone 13 devices running iOS 15 can ungroup 5G & Wi-Fi Streaming using these easy steps

Anurag Chawake Anurag Chawake Oct 08, 2021 News

When it comes to music streaming services, only a handful of services offer a vast collection of music. Launched in 2015, it is currently available in more than 167 countries and has more than 75 million songs that can be streamed in lossless audio.

A few months ago, Apple also introduced spatial audio and dynamic head tracking, putting the rest of the competition to shame. But it looks like Apple Music is experiencing some bugs and issues that are rendering it unusable for many.

Recently, Apple Music users reported that their audiobooks disappeared while others said that Apple Music was automatically playing music when they connected wired or wireless headphones.


Now, iOS 15 users are reporting that the Apple Music app is consuming a huge amount of data because it groups 5G with Wi-Fi in the Audio Quality settings. Many say their data got exhausted since the option treats 5G the same as Wi-Fi and plays audio in lossless quality.

Lossless audio means that the streaming process does not result in the loss of audio quality. They offer music quality better than CDs in most cases. The best part is that Apple Music offers the feature at no extra charge.

You can see in the image below how the settings look like when 5G is bundled with Wi-Fi.

Click/tap to enlarge image (Source)

Many complained that they could not find the option to separate 5G and Wi-Fi settings and manage them individually after updating to iOS 15.

For those facing the same issue, fortunately, some users have found a way so that 5G is treated the same as a cellular network and does not stream lossless audio. It seems like the change we made in the last update.

If you want to ungroup Wi-Fi and 5G in Apple Music, just head over to the Settings App> Cellular> Cellular Data Options and set the “Data Mode” to standard instead of “Allow More Data on 5G.”

The latter means that 5G is treated the same Wi-Fi that results in the app consuming large amounts of data. For those living in the UK, you can follow the below steps:

For UK it’s similar but it’s settings > mobile data > mobile data options > data mode. In the top bunch of settings and mentions roaming so looks like it’s not the right setting.(Source)

With Apple changing settings with the introduction of iOS 15, it looks like users are getting confused with some yet to understand what the toggles do. Many are saying that Apple should revert the changes allowing granular control over what to use when streaming music.

Did regrouping 5G and Wi-Fi settings reduced the amount of data Apple Music consumes when streaming? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.