iMessage is an incredible feature available only on Apple devices. It is an instant messaging service that let two Apple users communicate for free. Not only that, but it also allows the users to view/reply their iMessage from the devices that share the same Apple ID. All you need is a stable internet connection and then you can send pictures, videos, audio messages, and files to your friends who own Apple devices.

iMessage service doesn’t cost you any service charges, but still uses some of your cellular data. Usually, a plain text iMessage will only eat around 1K of your cellular data. However, the size may vary depending on what you are sending such as a picture, video, or an audio clip. Even then, it will consume data as little as none. In short, iMessage at maximum will only consume 10% of your data plan, regardless of how small your mobile data package is.

Since there are many iMessage users who want exact calculation of how much data their message consumes, mentioned below is a step by step guide on how to check how much cellular data your iMessage feature has used.

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Locate the option Mobile Data and tap on it.
see apps using data3. Now you will be able to see a list of different apps. Just below every app, you will be able to see how much data they have consumed.
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4. From this list, locate the option System Services and tap on it.

5. Scroll down and you will be able to locate the option Messaging Services.

6. You will be able to see how much data the iMessage service has used.

Note: This option doesn’t indicate iMessage service separately since it is understood that the normal SMS does not use mobile data as carrier service charges apply to them.

You may find that Messaging Services have eaten too much of your data. The reason why the amount of data could be on the higher side is the fact that it might be showing the data statistics from the date when the iPhone was first set up. You can track data consumption daily/weekly/monthly once the statistics have been reset from the settings.

People who ran on unlimited mobile data packages won’t even notice the data iMessage has consumed. However, the users who are on limited packages that only allow them 256Mb or under 256Mb data should look for the options that can save data for iMessage. Here are a few tips that can help.

Limit your Photo/Video Sending

Try to limit or entirely avoid sending high definition pictures or videos through iMessage. iMessage that contains videos or pictures are bigger in size as compared to plain texts. You can send pictures or videos when you are connected to the Wi-Fi.

Utilize Low Quality Image Mode

Turning on this feature can also save mobile data. You can easily do it by:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Scroll down, locate the option Messages and tap on it.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen and locate the option Low quality Image Mode. Toggle it on.

Toggling this feature on may impact on the quality of your photos you receive and send but it will certainly you some megabytes.

Use Wi-Fi

While there is no way you can set your iMessage Settings to Wi-Fi only, you can avoid sending iMessage when connected to mobile data. Apple doesn’t allow you to disable iMessage sending over cellular data while keeping it enabled for wi-fi connections. So, the best way is to turn off your mobile data feature when Wi-Fi is out of reach. It may cost you carrier charges since the message would be sent as a regular SMS if internet connection isn’t available.