iPhone 5 (Verizon) Carrier Settings Update 13.1 fixes bug causing Verizon cellular data use while on Wi-Fi

Apple has rolled out iPhone 5 (Verizon) Carrier Settings Update 13.1 which is an important new carrier settings update is now available for iPhone 5 on the Verizon Wireless network.

This carrier settings update resolves an issue in which, under certain circumstances, iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

To install the update:

1. Tap Settings > General > About.
2. Wait for the following alert to appear:
iPhone 5 carrier settings 13.1
3. Tap OK to install the update.
4. Hold the Sleep/Wake button down until you see “slide to power off”.
5. Slide to power off.
6. After the device powers off, hold the Sleep/Wake button to turn your phone back on.

After your iPhone restarts, tap Settings > General > About, then scroll down to Carrier and verify that “Verizon 13.1” is displayed.

More info via Apple.com here.


  1. I never had any issues. I switched my Wife and I’s phones from AT&T to Verizon in an area where AT&T wasn’t any good (for like 25 years) and with Verizon LTE it’s terrific. At least we get 2-3 bars now to what was 0-1 bar with AT&T. I know some of you have no love for Verizon but right now with everything (2 iP5’s and an iPad 3) under one plan and everything firing on all cylinders I’m a really happy man.

  2. This would explain why I got a notification from Verizon saying I’ve already used up 50% of my monthly 2GB data allotment, which surprised me because my billing cycle starts on the 20th of every month. There’s no way in hell I used 1GB in 10 days.

    Kudos to Verizon if they actually follow through with their statement and not charge me for the data that was used while I was on WiFi.

  3. my wife and 2 daughters have iphone 4 phones. this same issue is going on with them but the update doesnt cover the 4 or 4s, is there anything i can do or has anyone else had this problem?

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