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 How To Disable 5G On Samsung Phones

How To Disable 5G On Samsung Phones


In February 2019, Samsung introduced us to brand new technology incorporated in its latest Samsung S10 5G. This was the first model that supported the 5G network, and all the models that came afterward, including the Samsung A51, S20, and S21, have the same feature.

However, sometimes you do not want to have 5G enabled. Since it’s not a fully developed network, it’s much less reliable than 4G in some areas. Depending on the mobile carrier, whether you use Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile, the coverage will be different. Of course, a lot depends on your location too. Reasonably, you want your internet connection to be as fast and as good as possible. Therefore, you might find it more convenient to use 4G or 4G plus instead of 5G for now. To do so, you need to disable 5G.

I’ve made a short guide for you on how to do just that.

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Why You Should Switch Off 5G

First of all, I need to mention those who are terrified of 5G and believe it’s radioactive and similar. Just to make it clear, this technology is not harmful and has the same impact as 4G. The only difference is in the speed you can achieve with 5G technology. Instead of barely 1 Gbps, with 5G, your speed can reach even 10 Gbps. Of course, for now, it’s much lower, still faster than the fastest 4G. Besides speed, with 5G, you’re getting a lower latency rate, meaning you can send and receive information quicker.

Besides these irrational reasons to turn off 5G, sometimes it might really be necessary. Since the technology itself is not so developed and towers are not placed in all the areas, having 5G turned on means that your phone will constantly try to locate the nearest 5G tower. Since this tower can be miles away if you’re in a rural area, your Internet connection will be weaker. Therefore, this is a justified reason to switch back to 4G and enjoy its full speed.

Also, 5G might be consuming more of your battery, but not necessarily. Again, it all depends on the signal. If your phone is struggling to find a tower, this might lead to battery drainage. On the other hand, if you have a close by tower and everything functions as it should, battery consumption will remain on the same level as with a 4G network.

In the end, your phone carrier plan might not support 5G, which is why you want it off. It’s yet another understandable reason.

How to Turn Off 5G On Your Samsung S20

Here’s a brief guide on how to disable 5G on your Samsung mobile device. Follow the steps below and it will be switched off in seconds.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on Connections > Mobile Networks
  1. Select Network Mode
  1. Select LTE/3G/2G (Auto) or LTE/CDMA or LTE/4G, depending on your preferences

Your device will now use the network you selected instead of 5G.

However, bear in mind that you can always leave 5G switched on as the default option. If the network is not available in your particular area, your phone will automatically connect to LTE, 4G, or any of the available options. As I mentioned, it might lead to battery drainage, but only if you are on edge between two networks and your phone is struggling to choose. Actually, it’s constantly connecting and disconnecting. In all other cases, everything will be as usual.

Now you have your 5G switched off. Once you want to switch it back on, follow the same procedure and on the 4th step, choose 5G in your Network Mode.

If you need additional help, you can always visit Samsung’s official support website or Reddit forum and check if any of the users experience the same issues as you.

Let me know in the comment section below did you find 5G a helpful network so far and how does it function in your area.

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Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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