Although not many years have passed since Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 5G, its first device with 5G capabilities, today it is possible to find this technology in a wide variety of its phones, from the attractive Galaxy S21 to the affordable A71 5G and A51 5G. Now, in most cell phones 5G is activated by default, but … do you really need it at this time? Here we explain how to disable 5G on a Samsung phone.
And, although 5G compatibility is being implemented in more locations, there are still many places where it is not yet available. Connectivity depends not only on your carrier, but also on your location – in the United States, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T offer 5G nationwide – but coverage is better in major cities and metropolitan areas. Still, choosing a phone that supports the next-generation network is a surefire way to future-proof your new device.
These instructions work on most Samsung phones with 5G connectivity.
Step 1: go to Settings > Connections.
Step 2: touches Mobile networks.
Step 3: soon Network mode.
Step 4: Choose LTE / 3G / 2G (Auto) from the list, or one of the other options other than 5G to prevent the phone from using such connectivity. It’s easy to turn it back on whenever you want it again.
Depending on your network, you might find only two options available in Network Mode, Handbook Y Automatic. If this is the case, you may not be able to turn off 5G.
Unless you live in a small rural town, it’s probably best to leave the setting enabled 5G Auto, so you can take advantage of the faster speed where it is available and conserve (a little) the cell phone battery where it is not. But if the extra speed doesn’t concern you as much as battery life, you can keep 5G off for now.
It’s worth noting that turning off 5G won’t save a significant amount of battery life. Your phone isn’t constantly searching for a 5G tower, it just knows when this connectivity is available. When you are connected to a 4G network, if that tower also supports 5G, it will “hand over” your phone to the 5G signal. In some networks, the same antenna can be used for both 4G and 5G, and in others, you will not even switch to the fastest connectivity.
Don’t feel compelled to turn off 5G for battery sake, unless you frequently travel between areas that have 5G and areas that don’t. The default 5G setting is designed to work for most people, but remember: if you decide to turn it off, it’s easy to turn it back on.
Do not forget to check with your operator if your plan is compatible with 5G, so you can know if you need to adjust your plan or even replace your SIM card to adapt to next-generation technology.