How to Turn ON/OFF 5G on iPhone in iOS 16

Whether you want to download videos faster, browse the web with the desired speed, or stream high-quality movies without any lag, 5G has got you fully covered. That’s the reason why the latest iteration of cellular is being touted as the next big thing. Without undermining the incredible speed, 5G is not always up to the mark. Moreover, it also tends to gobble up a bit more data than 4G. Fortunately, you can turn on/off 5G on iPhone based on your needs. 

Change 5G Settings on iPhone in iOS 16 or Later 

It’s worth pointing out up front that only iPhone 12 or later supports 5G. So, ensure that your device is compatible. Though 5G Auto, which is designed to strike a balance between the network speed and the battery life, is set as the default option, you can choose to always use 5G subject to availability. completely turn it off. 

Step 1. First off, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Now, tap on Cellular. 

Step 3. Next, select the Cellular Data Options. 

Step 4.  Next up, tap on Voice & Data.

Step 5. Up next, you have three options to choose from: 

  • 5G ON: Select it to always use 5G (subject to availability).
  • 5G Auto: Choose it to let your iPhone automatically switch to 5G when it’s needed. As stated above, it’s set as the default option. What makes it so handy is the ability to smartly balance the network speed and the battery life. 
  • LTE: If you don’t want to use 5G, select LTE. 
Customize 5G Settings in iOS 16
Image credit: Apple

Now, choose the preferred option and you are good to go!

Customize Data Mode on iPhone

Notably, iOS also allows you to change the data mode to suit your needs better. 

  • Head over to the Settings app -> Cellular -> Cellular Data Options -> Data Mode
  • Next, you have three options:
  • Allow More Data on 5G: Choose it for higher quality video for streaming and also perform other intensive tasks like updating software, and iCloud backup faster.
  • Standard: Choose it to enable automatic updates and background tasks on cellular. Keep in mind that it will use standard quality settings for video and FaceTime. It’s set as the default option.
  • Low Data Mode: Select Low Data Mode to cut down the Wi-Fi and cellular-data usage by pausing automatic updates and background tasks.
Customize Data Mode on iPhone
Image credit: Apple

Signing off…

Slowly but steadily, 5G is being rolled out across the major cities of the world. And it won’t be too long before we will find it everywhere. That said, do you use 5G on your iPhone? If yes, make sure to share your feedback about it.

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