03-06-2015 10:39 PM
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?
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03-07-2015 7:58 AM
It's not exposed as a typical end user setting, because you shouldn't need to do it - there should be no appreciable difference in battery life either way.
- edited 03-07-2015 8:04 AM
03-08-2015 5:20 AM
sorry I misread thta somehow, I did check on that on verizon and sprint seem too have that option but att and tmobile do not,
03-10-2015 2:59 AM
How did compguy's answer get accepted as a solution to my problem/question? I didn't select/choose that answer. (No offense, compguy.) It's not a solution to the problem, since it applies to iPhone, not Samsung.
I haven't selected anyone's answer as the solution, either.
Who selected it?
03-10-2015 3:24 AM
no offense taken, As I stated I misread the question when I posted that. Unless it was marked solved for the second post.
03-10-2015 4:04 AM
- edited 03-10-2015 4:48 AM
garretttv: Thanks for that info. I remember going into that hidden area a while back and I again see that radio/band selector when I checked just now. I'm a little hesitant to start changing the radio settings there. Do you think it's safe, without messing up the phone?
As for choosing a solution for this thread, it happened within the past few hours and it wasn't me. I guess it was a moderator going through threads and approving solutions without knowing what's going on.
I'll try to choose garretttv's solution, as that's probably the closest we'll come. (Edit: I just tried, but it wouldn't let me -- but I think it might be my browser having a problem.)
03-10-2015 7:22 AM
just remember somethings in that menu can make the phone not work so be careful when selecting things.
03-11-2015 5:36 AM
03-11-2015 7:34 AM
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.