If you've ever tried downloading a large app on your iPhone or iPad - specifically one that's more than 150MB - when you're connected over cellular, 3G or 4G rather than Wi-Fi, you'll be familiar with the warning message that tells you it's not possible.

This has been a steadfast reality for several years now, and presumably acts as a safety feature to prevent people accidentally using up all of their data allowance on a couple of games.

In iOS 11 the limit was increased from 100MB to 150MB, but this still means most newer titles will be too big to download when you're away from a WiFi connection. 

Officially there's no real way to turn this setting off, but there is a workaround that has proven successful for many iOS users. In this tutorial we show you how to download apps over 150MB on your iPhone or iPad when Wi-Fi isn't available.

Why am I affected by this restriction?

While this problem has been around for a while, not everybody experiences it. We can only assume that this must have something to do with the mobile carrier your device is on or the region you live in.

If you are one of the people suffering from this restriction then you can try the solution below, otherwise you're already good to go!

Using a workaround to download large files

It's not exactly the most elegant way to download a file, but if you keep hitting the 150MB limit you can use this route.

The first thing to do is to ensure that your Wi-Fi is turned off. To do this simply slide the Control Centre menu up from the bottom of the screen or go to the Settings app and tap the Wi-Fi symbol so that it's greyed out.

Next, go to the App Store, find the item you want to download and tap the Get button (or the price, if it's not free). After a second or two you should then see the dreaded warning message appear.

how to download apps over 150mb on iphone

Tap OK, then return to the Home page. Next, select Settings>General>Date & Time, then turn off the Set Automatically option. 

how to download apps over 150mb on iphone

Below you'll see a date appear. Tap on this and it enables you to manually change the current setting. Move the date forward to around a year from the current day, then return to the Home screen once more. 

Find the icon for the app you were previously unable to get onto your device and after a second or two it should change from Waiting to Loading even though you still have no WiFi connection. 

how to download apps over 150mb on iphone

Just remember to re-enable the Set Automatically option once the app is installed, otherwise we're guessing you might miss quite a few appointments.