The GPRS service on your iPhone is a mobile data connection protocol, similar to EDGE, 4G or 3G. The GPRS service may be offered as a connection option by your cellular provider. Though the iPhone prioritizes a wireless connection over a GPRS connection, you can still incur unwanted data charges when the device connects to a GPRS network, particularly while roaming. You can disable GPRS, as well as the other mobile data connections, in the iPhone device settings menu.

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon on the home screen to open the Settings menu.

Step 2

Tap the “Cellular” tab to open the Cellular Settings menu.

Step 3

Slide the “Cellular Data” toggle to the “Off” position. The the GPRS mobile data connection, as well as EDGE, 4G and 3G, is now disabled.

Step 4

Tap “Settings” to return to the Settings menu, and then tap “Wi-Fi” to open the Wi-Fi Settings menu.

Step 5

Slide the “Wi-Fi” toggle to the “On” position, and then connect to your wireless network. If your Wi-Fi service is on and your configured wireless network is available, your device automatically connects to your preferred network.


  • Information provided in these steps applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 7. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of the operating system or device models.


  • You can also place the iPhone in Airplane Mode to disable mobile data connections. You can then enable Wi-Fi and connect to a wireless network while ensuring that the cellular connection remains off.

  • The iPhone only sends and receives MMS messages over a mobile data connection. You can still send and receive standard SMS messages, however.

  • When cellular data connections are disabled, most of your apps will continue to operate over a wireless connection.