Switching LTE or 5G Voice and Data settings

Apple iPhone 8 on iOS 16.0.0

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Depending your device’s cellular capabilities, and what your carrier or cellular plan offers, your device can prioritize using 5G, LTE, or other networks. This is helpful if you want to maximize your speeds, ensure a consistent connection to a particular network, or reduce your overall data usage.

  1. Step 1/12

    From within the Settings app, tap Cellular.

    Note: CELLULAR may be called CELLULAR DATA or MOBILE DATA depending on your device.

    The indicator is in the center.
  2. Step 2/12

    Tap Cellular Data Options.

    Note: This tutorial will start with settings for 5G devices and networks. If your screen looks different, jump to Step 8 and continue on.

    The indicator is towards the top.
  3. Step 3/12

    Within Cellular Data Options, tap Voice & Data.

    The indicator is towards the top.
  4. Step 4/12

    Select 5G On to prioritize 5G connections whenever they’re available; 5G Auto to prioritize LTE and save battery life if your 5G connection is weak; or LTE to disable 5G connectivity entirely.

    The indicator is towards the top.
  5. Step 5/12

    Tap the Back icon to save your changes and return screens.

    The indicator is in the top left.
  6. Step 6/12

    Within Cellular Data Options, tap Data Mode.

    The indicator is towards the top.
  7. Step 7/12

    You can tap an option to encourage more 5G connectivity or limit automatic and background downloads on cellular connections or Wi-Fi.

    Note: For the next steps of this tutorial, we will be using a device without 5G capabilities.

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  8. Step 8/12

    Within Cellular Data Options on a non-5G device or network, tap Voice & Data.

    The indicator is towards the top.
  9. Step 9/12

    A non-5G device on a carrier that supports VoTLE (Voice over LTE) will see the following Cellular Data Options.

    Note: Your selection indicates the maximum connection type your device should use for data. If your options appear different, continue to the next step.

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  10. Step 10/12

    A non-5G device on a GSM carrier that does not support VoTLE (Voice over LTE) will see the following Cellular Data Options.

    Note: Depending on your carrier, you may also see “4G” in place of “LTE” on your device, or no options for 3G or 2G at all. Your selection indicates the maximum connection type your device should use for data.

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  11. Step 11/12

    Tap the Back icon to save your changes.

    The indicator is in the top left.
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    Step 12 of 12:

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