How Much Cellular Data Does iMessage Use?

Thinking about using iMessage to communicate with your friends and family, but want to find out how much data it uses first? If so, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll be talking about how much cellular data iMessage uses, and give you some tips to help you save data and avoid going over your monthly limit.

How much data does iMessage use?

iMessage doesn’t use a significant amount of cellular data. Even if you have a very small cellular data plan, you’d have to send so many messages through the app to make a dent in it. Sending plain text uses hardly any data. If you connect your device to a Wi-Fi network, it won’t use any data.

From our personal experience, over a year’s worth of messages sent and received through iMessage used only approximately 1GB of data. Considering that amount being used in over an entire year, with thousands of text, picture, and video messages sent and received, 1GB is not very much at all.

How to check how much data iMessage has used

If you want to look into how much data iMessage has used on your iOS device, there is an easy way to do so.

  1. Open the settings on your device.

    Open iPhone settings menu

  2. Tap Cellular.

    Tap Cellular settings button

  3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap System Services.

    System Services menu

Here you’ll see your data usage for all of the built-in apps on your device. The amounts listed are for the amount of time it has been since you last reset the statistics. Most people will not have done this, so the amount of data listed as being used will be measured from the time you first got your device.

As you can see, iMessage has used 1.0 GB of data on this particular device. The “current period” for this device began in October 2015. In a year and a half, only 1.0 GB of data was used.

View iPhone data usage

That’s all you need to do to check on your data usage on your iOS device. Now, let’s go over a few helpful data saving tips!

3 data saving tips for iMessage

1. Try to limit the number of pictures and videos you send.

Sending pictures and videos can use more data than plain text. If you’re trying to cut back on your data usage, try to send fewer picture and video messages, or only send those things when connected to Wi-Fi.

2. Turn on “Low Quality Image Mode.”

To help save data when you need to send a picture, turn on Low Quality Image Mode. To do so, go to Settings, and then click on Messages, scroll to the bottom of the page, and move the toggle beside “Low Quality Image Mode” to the right. When the toggle turns green, this setting is enabled. Sending lower quality images will use less data than sending higher quality images.

Low quality image mode setting

3. Connect to a Wi-Fi network when you can, rather than using your data.

If you want to cut back on your monthly cellular data usage, try to connect your iOS device to a Wi-Fi network whenever possible. This will help you to decrease the total amount of data you use.


That wraps up this article about iMessage data usage. We hope you found it helpful! Be sure to check out the rest of our iMessage course to learn more about the app. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, leave us a comment below!

How Secure is iMessage and are Messages Encrypted?

Thinking about using iMessage on your Apple device to communicate with your family and friends, but want to know more about how safe and secure it is before getting started? If so, this article is for you. This article will explain how secure the app is, and cover some information about message encryption. We’ll also be giving you a few useful tips to help you stay safe when using this app.

Is iMessage secure?

iMessage is one of the most secure messaging apps available right now. Messages sent through the app are encrypted for added security. When you send a message to someone, the only people that will be able to read it are those included in the conversation. Your messages will be private and secure.

Are iMessage messages encrypted?

Messages sent through iMessage are protected by end-to-end encryption. This means that if someone were to try to hack into your conversation while messages are in transit, they wouldn’t be able to decipher the message content. This is done to add to the privacy, security, and safety of the user.

End-to-end encryption essentially obscures information when it is being sent from one device to another. This ensures that the only person who will be able to receive your message is the intended recipient.

4 iMessage safety tips

1. Only use iMessage to speak to people you already know and trust.

If someone sends you a message, and you don’t already know them, don’t reply to it. Only send messages to phone numbers and email addresses of people you know. Be especially wary of anyone asking for your personal or financial information. To put it simply – don’t talk to strangers.

2. Keep in mind that your messages can be shared by people you send them to.

Remember that once you send something to someone though iMessage, they have the ability to show or share that message, picture, video, etc. to other people. Going along with our first tip, make sure you trust the person/people you’re messaging not to share the details of your conversation with others.

3. Block anyone who is bothering or harassing you.

If someone happens to be bothering you through the app, you can block them so you won’t receive their messages anymore. If the situation escalates and becomes serious or extreme, contact your local authorities to report it.

iMessage blocked contacts menu

4. Try to stay off of unsecure Internet networks.

This tip is more general, but if you want to be extra careful about your privacy, don’t connect your device to public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Public Internet networks generally aren’t password protected, meaning anybody can use them. Since you can’t guarantee that everyone using a public Wi-Fi network is trustworthy, you shouldn’t risk connecting to them. Someone could potentially try to steal your personal information.

5. Restrict access if you don’t want your children using it.

These days, it is quite common for parents to purchase devices like iPads for their children.Although you might be okay with your child being able to use some apps on the device, you may want to restrict access to others. If you don’t want your child to be able to use iMessage, first disable the service.

Disable iMessage settings

You can prevent them from enabling the service by going to Settings > General > Restrictions > Accounts. Then, tap Don’t Allow Changes.

Restrict account changes


That does it for this article about iMessage security and message encryption. We hope you found the information you were looking for. Check out the other articles in our iMessage course to learn more about the app. Leave us a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions. 

What is iMessage and How Does It Work?

Do you have an Apple device? Want to learn more about the iMessage app that comes built-in to your device, but not sure how it works? If so, you’re in luck. To start off our iMessage course, today we’ll be telling you about what it is, how it works, and some more information you might want to know about it before you get started using the app.

Tell me more about iMessage…

iMessage is a messaging app that comes built into devices manufactured by Apple, such as iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. You can use it to message your friends and family who also have an iPhone, iPad or a Mac. It allows you to send text messages, pictures, videos, and more between Apple devices.

You can use iMessage to have as many conversations as you like! You can do cool things like create and custom-name group messages, send fun GIFs (animated images), and draw pictures to send to your friends who also have Apple devices. Your regular text messages can also be accessed within the same app.

iMessage GIF search

Is iMessage safe and secure to use for messaging?

iMessage is safe to use as messages sent through the app are protected by end-to-end encryption, which means that if someone attempted to intercept your message in transit, it would be indecipherable. According to our research, this app is one of the safest messaging apps currently available on the market.

If you’d like to learn more about how the app takes your safety into account, head over to our article about the safety and security of using iMessage.

How much does iMessage cost to use?

iMessage is free to set up and use. It comes pre-installed on Apple devices, like Mac computers, iPhones, and iPads. It doesn’t cost any money to enable the app on your device, but it could indirectly cost you money through data usage charges, as the app uses your device’s internet connection to send messages.

Check out our article on iMessage data usage to learn more about how you could end up spending a lot of money if you aren’t careful.

The pros and cons of iMessage

Some of the things we enjoy about are that:

  • It comes pre-installed on Apple devices, so you don’t have to worry about downloading or installing it
  • It’s completely free to set up and use.
  • It has fun features like the ability to draw and send pictures, and a built-in GIF search to find animated images to send to your friends.

On the other hand, some people may not like that:

  • iMessage is available exclusively on Apple devices. It cannot be bought or installed on Android smart phones or tablets, or on PC computers.
  • Since messaging with the app uses your device’s internet connection, it can result in higher data usage fees from your mobile carrier if you ever aren’t using a Wi-Fi connection.

iMessage competitors

If you don’t like the sound of iMessage, or don’t have a compatible device, there are other messaging apps you can use instead. One great alternative is WhatsApp. It’s free to download and use, and has lots of fun features that iMessage doesn’t offer such as video calling. Another cool messaging app is Snapchat, which is great for people who have privacy concerns, since messages sent through Snapchat delete themselves automatically, immediately after being opened.

Snapchat home screen


That wraps up our introduction to this popular messaging app. Be sure to read the rest of the tutorials in this course to learn more, like how to set up iMessage on your device. If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below.