When you are at a large event, you may notice that it is difficult to send text messages, make phone calls, or use data. This can occur because there is a lot of traffic on the LTE network, and that congestion is making it difficult for you to use the service. One way that you might be able to avoid this issue is by turning off LTE and switching to 3G. Many modern smartphones are LTE-capable, and will always connect to the highest level network that they can find. In most cases, that would be LTE, even if that network is congested.
By following our steps below to switch from LTE to 3G you will be disabling the LTE connection capabilities on your device. Therefore, your iPhone will attempt to connect to a 3G network, as that is the highest non-LTE network to which it can connect. Once you have left the problem situation where LTE is not helpful, you can always follow these steps again to turn LTE back on.
How to Connect to a 3G Network When There is an LTE Network Available for Your iPhone 7
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.3.1. Note that this guide assumes that you are currently within range of both a 3G and an LTE network. You will not be able to connect to a 3G network if there is not one within range of your current location. You may instead connect to other non-LTE networks after completing these steps. Note that you may experience considerably worse service by connecting to slower networks. This is particularly evident with data usage, as non-LTE networks are not able to transfer data as quickly.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Cellular option.
Step 3: Touch the Cellular Data Options button.
Step 4: Select the Enable LTE button.
Step 5: Tap the Off option.
Now your iPhone 7 will no longer connect to any LTE networks. However, you will still connect to Wi-Fi networks if they are in range.
Are you using too much data each month, and you are looking for ways to fix that? Learn about 10 ways to reduce cellular data usage on your iPhone for some ideas on how you can minimize data usage and save yourself from overage fees.
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