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How to turn off 5G on your Android phone

Here's how to disconnect from the 5G network when you don't need it.
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October 26, 2022
5G Preferred Network Setting
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The 5G network promises faster data speeds and lower latency connections, but the tradeoff is that you may notice your battery draining faster than usual. Additionally, 5G still isn’t very prominent outside of major cities in the US and Europe. If you do have it, you may opt to connect to 4G LTE networks instead. Here’s how to turn off 5G connections on your Android phone.

Related: How to turn off 5G on your iPhone

QUICK ANSWER

To turn off 5G on your Android phone, navigate to Settings --> Connections --> Mobile networks and select Network mode. You can now choose which 5G option you want or switch to LTE or 4G.


KEY SECTIONS

How to turn off 5G on your Samsung Galaxy phone

To turn off 5G on your Samsung phone, first, go to Settings and tap Connections. Next select Mobile networks.

From there, tap Network mode to select which network you want to connect to.

Here’s an additional tip; in the Power saving settings, you can also select the toggle to Turn off 5G so that it will never reconnect to the network. See our guide on Adaptive battery for Android for more details on the pathway.

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How to turn off 5G on your Google Pixel phone

To turn off 5G on your Pixel phone, navigate to Settings –> Network, select SIMs, and scroll down to tap Preferred network type.

That’s all there is to turning off 5G on your Android phone. The pathway is relatively similar on all devices.


Read more: What to look for in a 5G plan

FAQs

Yes, you may notice your battery draining faster than usual when connected to a 5G network. The impact on the battery life is roughly 10% more battery usage on 5G than on 4G.

At this time, the 5G networks are only used for data connections and are not yet capable of carrying phone calls and messages.

To turn on 5G on your Android phone, navigate to Settings –> Connections –> Mobile networks and select Network mode. You can now choose which 5G option you want.

Virtually all flagship smartphones launched in 2020 now support 5G, with sub-6GHz network support being the most popular. See our guide to the best 5G phones for a complete list.