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Saturday, March 7th, 2015 6:39 AM

How to Disable Phone's 4G LTE and Use 4G ?

Does anyone know how to disable 4G LTE on a typical Samsung Galaxy smartphone and use just regular 4G?

 

I've looked around online and come across various "hacks", some of which I've tried to no success. I'm seeking a stable solution.

 

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, direct from AT&T. Sometimes I don't want to use LTE and want the non-LTE version of 4G only (some say it's really 3G being called 4G). Battery usage is higher with LTE running, and I don't often care about the extra speed that LTE provides.

 

The closest I've gotten to a solution is using another set of APN settings and switching to it when I want to avoid LTE. But it doesn't seem to work reliably. Maybe my settings aren't correct.

 

Has anyone achieved this before?

 

Thanks.

 

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9 years ago

JTS, I have used this to some success before. But as LTE is so plentiful and in my area, I've never really had a reason to avoid using it. I've basically just tested it out, but never had a reason to not want LTE.

It shouldn't impact the phone, but as is not really an official setting, anything could happen. Again, I never had a problem, but YMMV.

Mind if I ask why you're interested in switching it off?

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9 years ago

Thanks for the follow-up on that, garretttv.

 

Why am I interested, you ask? Well, most of the time it's not a problem, as I live/work/travel in a major metro area with plenty of 4G-LTE signal. However:

 

1) Occasionally I'm somewhere with 4-5 bars of signal strength, but data is dead in the water and just not working. I suspect overloaded LTE traffic in the area. Would be nice to downgrade to non-LTE data access in those occasions.

 

2) I've read online in misc forums that battery drain is higher on 4G-LTE than non-LTE. Maybe it's not much. But for most of my mobile internet use, the extra speed that LTE offers isn't usually worth the alleged extra batter drain.

 

AT&T should really offer a simple LTE-Off switch in the front-end Android user interface. Not everyone wants the latest and greatest thing.

 

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8 Messages

8 years ago

no app works to do this, for  S4 -you have to enter code on dialpad as state above posts

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7 years ago

thnks alot that realy worked nice i knw changed to 4G
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