The last time I left the US, I was concerned about the settings on my iPhone. I had heard about nightmare charges and I certainly didn’t want any surprises when I returned home. After some helpful instructions at my local AT&T store (thank you, Walter!), I was able to travel and use my iPhone with confidence.
Most important lesson? Make sure you turn OFF the data. That is where the charges can get crazy.
I had always been instructed to use Airplane mode, but I’ve learned that to be extra sure, it’s best to take the next step and turn off all data.
Here is how you turn off the cellular data:
Go to Settings > General
On the next screen, you’ll find Cellular and notice that it is “on”.
This will bring you to the Cellular screen. Select “off” for ALL THREE choices.
Cellular Data > off
Enable LTE > off
Data Roaming > off
Leave those settings on “off” for the entire time you are out of the country. If you find a wireless area, you can connect to wireless without turning on any of those cellular buttons.