How to Stop Connecting to LTE Networks in Android Marshmallow

Depending on the type of smartphone you have running Android Marshmallow, it’s likely that you are able to connect to LTE networks. These typically offer very fast download speeds and excellent service, but this can ultimately result in an increase in the amount of cellular data that you use, simply because it’s much easier to use it.

Additionally, you may find that your phone is prioritizing LTE connections over 3G connections, even if the LTE connection is weak.

Fortunately, you have control over the types of networks to which you are connecting, so you can elect to stop connecting to LTE networks on your Marshmallow phone and instead force it to connect to 3G or 2G networks instead.

How to Only Connect to 3G and 2G Networks in Android Marshmallow

The steps in this article were performed on a Samsung Galaxy On5, in the Android Marshmallow operating system. Completing these steps will stop your phone from connecting to any LTE networks. Note that this may result in a reduction in download speeds and your ability to perform certain actions on your device when connected to a mobile or cellular network.

Step 1: Open the Apps folder.

open the apps folder

Step 2: Choose the Settings option.

open marshmallow settings

Step 3: Touch the Mobile networks button.

select the mobile networks menu

Step 4: Select the Network mode option.

open marshmallow network mode menu

Step 5: Tap one of the bottom three options to prevent your device from connecting to LTE networks.

how disable lte android marshmallow

Note that this will not have any effect on your ability to connect to and use data on a Wi-Fi network.

Now that you know how to stop connecting to LTE networks in Android Marshmallow, you can use this setting to control the speed of the networks that the device can access.

Are you curious about the amount of data that you’re downloading over a Wi-Fi network? Learn how to check Wi-Fi data usage in Android Marshmallow so that you can have a better understanding of exactly how much data you are using and downloading to your device.

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