4G network icon
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Most phones rely on 4G LTE for the bulk of their service these days. Even the best 5G devices spend a good chunk of time on the older, more reliable network. But what happens if 4G LTE isn’t working on your phone? Is there an easy way to fix the problem? Yes, here’s how to activate 4G LTE on your phone.

Read more: What is 4G?

While 4G LTE should automatically activate on its own, in some cases, it doesn’t. Because some smartphones may have different ways to activate 4G, we are breaking down the specifics on how to access the faster network speeds for a few more popular phone makers.

How to activate 4G LTE on your phone:

Settings for LG

LG Velvet screen standing stright up
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If you own an LG phone, you can go into the phone’s Settings menu, tap on the Tethering & Networks option, and tap on the Mobile Network selection. Finally, tap on the Network Mode. If you see LTE listed among the choices, tap on that to activate LTE 4G, and you should be all set.

If for some reason, the LTE network is not in the Network Mode section, you will have to try something else to activate 4G on the LG phone. First, go to your phone dialer and type in or paste  *#*#4636#*#*.  Then you should see a menu open up. Tap on the Phone Info option and then go to the Pick Prefered Network Type selection. You then press on the drop-down box and select the LTE network option.

See also: Common LG problems and how to fix them

Activate 4G on Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra notifications menu
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To activate LTE 4G on a Samsung phone, go to the Settings menu, then tap on the Connections selection. Scroll down to Mobile Networks, tap on it and then tap on the Network Mode. You should see LTE network selections and just pick the one that is best suited for your wireless network.

Learn more: How to fix common Samsung Note 20 problems

Settings for HTC

HTC U12 Life in hand

The method for HTC phones is similar to the one used for Samsung phones. Go to the Settings menu, then scroll down and tap on Mobile Networks. Tap on that option and then tap on the Network Mode. You should see LTE network selections, and you can just pick the best one for your carrier.

Activate 4G on the Google Pixel family

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Pixel 5a

If you own a Google Pixel phone, here’s how to activate LTE 4G support. First, swipe up on the home screen, tap on the Settings icon, and tap on the Network & Internet selection. You should then tap on the Mobile Network menu and then tap on the Advanced option. Finally, tap on the LTE selection for 4G access.

Need more help? Here’s how to fix typical Google Pixel 4 problems

Activate 4G on OnePlus

OnePlus 9R review specs
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Like most devices so far, the key to controlling 4G LTE on your OnePlus phone lies in the Settings menu. Once you open the settings, head to Wi-Fi & Network. Now choose the SIM & Network menu and open the Preferred network type option. Finally, select LTE/3G/2G.

Learn more: Common OnePlus problems and how to fix them

Settings for Sony Xperia

Sony Xperia 5 III home screen standing upright
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Once again, head to the Settings menu on your Sony Xperia device to begin the process. Then find the Network & Internet section. Choose Mobile network Preferred network type, and select 4G(preferred)/3G/GSM. Now you should have no problem defaulting to 4G LTE on your Sony device.

Activate 4G on other phones

If you didn’t see your specific phone manufacturer was not mentioned here, don’t fret. The chances are that the methods used on those phones should be pretty similar to the ones we have mentioned in this article.

Read more: 4G vs LTE – What is the difference?