How to turn off 5G on Android (to save battery life)

5G is the newest feature that cellular networks are promoting, but it’s not available everywhere. If you feel like your Android phone is wasting its battery while looking for a 5G connection that doesn’t exist, then you might be able to turn it off.

We say “may” be able to turn it off because this is kind of a Wild West situation. There doesn’t seem to be any standardization for how to do this (if you are allowed to do it at all). Some network operators and manufacturers have either deactivated or hidden the option.

With that in mind, we’re going to show you some of the most common methods of disabling 5G. The methods listed below for Samsung and Google Pixel Phones should be similar to those used for other Android devices.

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Turn off 5G on a Samsung Galaxy

Turning off 5G on a Samsung phone is easy, but there’s a good chance you can’t do it. In the US, at the time of writing, only T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy smartphones have this option. Other carriers removed it.

First, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification bar, and then swipe down a second time to see quick settings. Tap the gear icon to open the settings menu.

Next, choose Connections.

Select connections

Now go to “Mobile Networks”.

Select cellular networks

Finally select “Network Mode”.

Select network mode

Here’s a look at whether it’s possible to turn off 5G on your particular Samsung phone. If possible, “5G / LTE / 3G / 2G” is selected. To disable 5G, select “LTE / 3G / 2G”.

choose the on 5G option

Your phone is now using these networks instead of 5G.

Switch off 5G on a Google Pixel

As with Samsung phones, cellular carriers can change things Google Pixel telephones too. To the example, a 5G-equipped Pixel on Google Fi cannot deactivate 5G in the settings. Other pixels can, and that’s how it works.

First, open the settings menu by swiping down twice from the top of the screen. From there, tap on the gear icon.

open the device settings

Next, select “Network & Internet” from the settings menu.

Select network and internet

Select “Mobile Network” (not the “+” button). Your mobile operator will be listed here.

Select cellular network

Tap Preferred Network Type.

preferred network type

Then select “LTE” from the pop-up menu.

Select LTE

Your Pixel will now choose LTE over 5G. If you want to try 5G again, you can go back to these settings and undo your choices.

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