If you are in a place without 5G connectivity or in a remote location, you can choose to turn 5G off. Customizing your options is easy on Samsung phones. Here’s how to turn off 5G on a Samsung phone.
Samsung’s first 5G It doesn’t seem like it’s been a long time since the Galaxy S10 5G was introduced. Fast forward to today and you’ll find 5G connectivity on many Samsung phones, from the high-end Galaxy S21 series to the cheaper A71 5G and A51 5G models.
While 5G networks are expanding, there are still many places where it isn’t as healthy and stable as 4G – so these accelerated connection speeds may be picking locations for now. Connectivity depends not only on your 5G carrier, but also on your location – Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T all offer 5G network coverage in the US, but it’s still best in major cities and metropolitan areas. Still, choosing a phone that supports next-gen networking is a surefire way to future-proof your new device.
Your 5G needs all depend on how you use your phone. If you’re gaming online or downloading movies and TV shows, faster connection speeds can be a boon; however, if you are in a place without 5G connectivity or in a remote location, you can choose to turn it off for now. Customizing your options is easy on Samsung phones. Here’s how to turn off 5G on a Samsung phone.
How to turn off 5G on Samsung phones?
These instructions will work on most Samsung phones with 5G connectivity.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Connections.
Step 2: Tap on Mobile Networks.
Step 3: Tap on Network Mode.
Step 4: Choose from LTE/3G/2G (Auto), LTE/CDMA or other 4G/LTE options to prevent the phone from using 5G. It’s easy to turn it back on whenever you want.
Depending on your carrier and whether your phone is unlocked or purchased from a carrier, you may find that there are fewer options under Network Mode. You may only see Manual and Automatic options, or you may not have the option to adjust settings at all. (Verizon is particularly strict about this.) If that’s the case, your carrier may be blocking your ability to turn off 5G – unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about it.
Why should we turn off 5G?
Unless you live in a small town or rural area, it’s probably best to leave the 5G Auto setting enabled so you can take advantage of faster speeds where possible and save battery life where it isn’t. But if the extra speed isn’t important or you’re worried about battery life, leave your 5G off for now.
It’s worth noting that turning off 5G won’t save a significant amount of battery. Your phone doesn’t constantly search for a 5G tower – it knows when 5G is available. When you connect to a 4G network, it will “put” your phone to the 5G signal if that tower also supports 5G. On some networks, the same antenna can be used for both 4G and 5G, and on other networks, you won’t even get a faster connection until you start using data. Don’t assume that just because you’re in the 4G zone, your phone will constantly “search” for 5G.
Don’t feel compelled to turn 5G off for the sake of battery life unless you frequently travel between areas with and without 5G, which can affect your battery life. The default 5G settings are designed to work for most people – but if you decide to turn them off, keep in mind that it’s easy to turn them back on.
Always double check with your carrier that your plan supports 5G or whether you need to adjust your plan or possibly even change your SIM card to accommodate next-gen technology.