Your iPhone 13 is able to connect to 5G networks to download and send data. It’s a great thing to have when you need to download data quickly, but it can be a problem if you have limited data or a poor connection. This might leave you asking “can you turn 5G off on iPhone 13?”
This is a very fast network, and can often achieve speeds that are close to what you may be getting on your Wi-Fi network.
But this speed means that you can do things like quickly download large files, or stream video in high resolution, which are all fairly data-intensive tasks.
If you are concerned that you might use too much data on your iPhone if you have 5G access, then you may be wondering if it’s possible to turn it off.
You can turn off the iPhone 13’s 5G access by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > then choosing the LTE option.
Once you have made that switch your iPhone will no longer attempt to connect to the Internet using the 5G network, which should help to reduce some data usage on the device.
Our tutorial continues below with more information on adjusting the 5G setting on your iPhone.
How to Shut Off the iPhone 13’s 5G Feature
- Open Settings.
- Select Cellular.
- Choose Cellular Data Options.
- Touch Voice & Data.
- Tap LTE.
Our guide continues below with more information on switching from 5G to LTE on an iPhone 13, including pictures of these steps.
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How to Stop Using 5G on an iPhone 13 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.4.1 operating system.
If you are using an iPhone model that is not 5G compatible then you may see other options on this menu, such as a 3G option.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select the Cellular option near the top of the menu.
Step 3: Choose the Cellular Data Options button.
Step 4: Select the Voice & Data option.
It will say next to it what the current data setting is on your device.
Step 5: Tap the LTE option to stop using 5G on your iPhone 13.
Hopefully, the guide above has helped to answer the question of can you turn 5G off on iPhone 13 and allowed you to make that network switch if you so desired.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about some of the data settings on your iPhone 13.
More Information on Choosing the Type of Cellular Network Your iPhone 13 Uses
The steps above have shown you where to go on your iPhone if you want to choose the fastest type of network that you would like your iPhone to use.
While 5G may not be available everywhere, or work as well as it can, selecting the “5G Auto” option will let you use that network when the connection is good and it won’t waste a lot of your battery.
But if you have tried to make 5G work and just aren’t able to use it on your iPhone, then LTE network is still pretty fast, and you will probably find it to be perfectly acceptable for most tasks.
If you want to monitor your data usage then you can go to Settings > Cellular > then scroll to the bottom and check the information in the “Cellular Data” section.
Note that this information is since the last time the statistics were reset, so it could be for a long period of time if you’ve never reset the stats before. You can do this by tapping the Reset Statistics button that appears at the bottom of this menu.
You likely noticed that under the “Cellular Data Options” button on the Cellular menu, there was something called “Data Mode.”
This menu includes these options:
- Allow More Data on 5G – This may prefer 5G over Wi-Fi, and use it for software updates, automatic iCloud backups, and higher-quality media. This can result in a high amount of data use.
- Standard – This allows automatic updates and background tasks on cellular, but limits video and FaceTime quality.
- Low Data Mode – This helps reduce cellular data usage by pausing automatic updates and background tasks.
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