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How to Turn ON/OFF 5G on Your iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max

By Novak Bozovic / September 17, 2021

Last year, Apple introduced the world’s smallest 5G smartphone. And in 2021, that strategy continued with the company's 2021 iPhone lineup. That's true; all four models from the iPhone 13 lineup have support for 5G, now working on a broader range of networks. With that said, you'll want to know how to turn ON/OFF 5G on your iPhone 13 – and we're here to explain precisely that. 

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The instructions you’ll find below apply to all iPhone 13 models. However, they also apply to any 5G-capable iPhone running iOS 15 – which currently includes the entire iPhone 12 generation as well. 

How to Disable 5G on Your iPhone 13

Since 5G comes automatically enabled on your iPhone 13 (if you meet the requirements of using it, that is), you’ll want to know how to disable it. So, here are the steps to turn off 5G on your iPhone 13. 

1. Navigate to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options

2. Now, tap on the 'Voice & Data' option.

3. At this moment, you should see three options available on your screen. 

4. To disable 5G on your iPhone, make sure to tap on 'LTE.'

5. Close the Settings app and continue using your iPhone like you normally would. 

Steps to Turn Off 5G on iPhone
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As you can see, there’s no 'OFF' switch for 5G. Instead, you can only select a different type of Web connection, which is 4G/LTE in this case (which comes with slower but still fast-enough Web speeds and give you 20% better battery life). 

How to Enable 5G on Your iPhone 13

Once you decide to enable 5G on your iPhone, you’ll have a couple of options available. So, here are the steps to turn on 5G on your iPhone 13. 

1. Navigate to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options

2. Make sure to select the 'Voice & Data' option. 

3. Now, identify the following options on your screen: '5G On' and '5G Auto.'

4. Pick '5G Auto' to allow your iPhone to use 5G only when needed (it’ll use 4G as well). 

5. Go with '5G On' to force your iPhone to use 5G all the time (affecting its battery life). 

Steps to Turn On 5G on iPhone
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If you want our advice, know that Apple's smartphones do a magnificent job of switching between 5G and 4G when needed. By doing so, your Web-related needs will be met while your iPhone gets to preserve its battery life. So, go with '5G Auto.'

5G Data Modes: Don’t Forget to Optimize 5G on Your iPhone 13!

Aside from choosing whether to use 5G all the time or when needed only, you can also optimize your phone’s behavior on 5G networks. So, do the following. 

1. Navigate to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options

2. Now, select 'Data mode.' You should see three options on your screen. 

3. To use FaceTime or stream video in the highest resolution, pick 'Allow More Data on 5G.'

4. To cut down on the video streaming quality, pick 'Standard.'

5. And to prevent background tasks and save data, pick 'Low Data Mode.'

iPhone 5G Data Modes
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There’s plenty more to explore about Apple’s freshly introduced smartphones. With that said, you’ll want to check our latest iPhone 13-related articles. That's where you'll find the latest news, guides, and tutorials, teaching you to get the most out of your new phone. 

That would be all on how to turn ON/OFF 5G on your iPhone 13. If you have any questions for us, let us know via the comments section below. And also, thanks for reading!



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