How to Turn Off 4G LTE on the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 ships with 4G LTE, a new faster data connection, but in addition to using up limited data plans faster, this new technology uses the iPhone 5 battery quicker than 3G.

Apple claims the iPhone 5 battery lasts as long browsing the web on 4G LTE as it does on 3G, but some users will want to turn off 4G LTE just the same.

Read: iPhone 5 4G LTE Speed Test

Users that don’t live in 4G LTE coverage or those that live on the edge of 4G LTE coverage may want to keep the iPhone from switching connections or trying to use a low 4G LTE signal when there is stronger 3G coverage.

How to Turn Off iPhone 5 4G LTE

Go to Settings on the iPhone 5 Home Screen.

iPhone 5 4G LTE Off
Settings on the iPhone 5.

Tap on General.

Turn Off 4G LTE on the iPhone 5
iPhone 5 Cellular Settings.

Tap on Cellular.

How to Turn Off 4G LTE on the iPhone 5
Turn 4G LTE off on the iPhone 5.

Toggle Enable LTE to Off.

To turn 4G LTE back on, simply toggle the switch to On.

This same menu offers control over what services user the iPhone data and the option to turn data completely off.


Read: 4G LTE Coverage Maps for iPhone 5

With the promise of all day battery life on 4G LTE, most users should be able to use the iPhone 5 on 4G LTE all day without the need to turn it off, but it’s nice to know where the option is if there is a reason to turn 4G LTE off.

This solution works on the Sprint, Verizon and AT&T iPhone 5 models.

Verizon offers the largest 4G LTE coverage of the U.S. carriers. AT&T is in second place and expanding. Sprint takes last place for 4G LTE coverage, but is promising to turn on Sprint 4G LTE in 100 or more cities in the coming months.

Read: iPhone 5: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint – Which Carrier is Best?

It’s easier to use data faster on 4G LTE, so Verizon users can follow these directions to check data usage on the iPhone with the My Verizon app.


    • if you live in an area where you don’t get good 3G or LTE you really shouldn’t get an iPhone 5… there’s no way to restrict data to Edge, and you’d really be spending too much money on a smartphone if you can’t access the best features…

  1. I have an iPhone 5 and I do not have LTE option under the Cellular Data, just 3G option. What might be wrong if I have not this configuration?

  2. My wife was having issues yesterday with her new iPhone 5 in her office (first day back to work). Seems she was not able to make good connection and could do little to nothing with her phone. Thanks to this site we now know how to go back to 4G. Too soon to know if that helps. She NEVER had an issue with her 4s and of course is now threatening to go back. Nooooo!!!!

  3. I have iPhone5 4GLTE and I’m on 5gb plan I use it up pretty quickly because I tether. It contract is 5gb for 4G LTE speed and unlimited for 3G. Can anyone tell me how to enable 3G on iPhone5. So far i only see to turn off LTE.
    Thank you

  4. Got the fix… Update your carrier settings:

    Follow these instructions to update your carrier settings:

    Make sure your device is connected to the Internet.
    Tap Settings > General > About. If an update is available, a prompt will appear.

  5. I have an iPhone 5 and I do not have LTE option under the Cellular Data, just 3G option. What might be wrong if I have not this configuration?
    Help me

  6. Please, just got an iPhone 5 and decent web use drains the battery in about 5 hours max. The battery life on this is absolutely abyssmal compared to the iPhone 4. I miss that thing……

  7. I have been on a 5c, with Verizon on a 2G shared data plan since 11/8. My 5c was RAMPANTLY using cellular data with the LTE function on. Not sure if it was cell-tower pings or just what… but my phone was using cellular data 24/7, all hours through the night. Despite being on my wifi for 100% of the time, and completely closing out apps when not being used. I have no way of knowing if the data usage was from apps running wild despite being closed out, or the LTE function… I think its the latter. After deactivating LTE my data usage nearly matches that of my wife on her 4s.

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