5G mobile service is growing across all carriers and is compatible on the iPhone 12, 13 and 14. Apple utilizes the “5G Automatic” setting as the default setting that is designed to provide users with a balance between the speed of network connections and battery time. However, you can alter the iphone 5G settings manually to adjust them according to the requirements.
If you’re interested in the kind of performance you can expect from an iPhone this will differ depending on the region you live in and the carrier you use. For the US, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, they all offer 5G across the country and speeds could be as high as 1 Gigabit per second (1 Gbps) but that will not be the norm for the majority of users.
There are a variety of 5G. mmWave has the fastest speeds however, it is limited in coverage, and Sub-6Ghz offers a greater range, but speeds that are more comparable than 4G LTE. It is the only phone that supports both. iPhone 13, 12 and 14 can support both sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave.
But, one disadvantage of 5G is that it requires greater battery capacity than LTE. Certain tests have revealed iPhones lasting between 1-2.5 hours longer using 4G LTE as opposed to 5G.
iPhone default 5G setting
5G is enabled by default for compatible iPhones, It utilizes an algorithm that Apple refers to as “Smart Data Mode” which tries to find the optimal balance between battery life and 5G/LTE. Apple even claims it considers the data plan you have:
- 5G default options on iPhone are designed to optimize battery life and data use according to the plan you have for data. You can alter these settings for when you can utilize 5G and how much data you use in certain applications.
How to change parameters 5G on/off on iPhone
- Go to Settings on your iPhone. Settings application to access the Settings app on the iPhone (5G is available for iPhone 13, as well as SE 3)
- Tap Cellular
- Choose Cellular Data Options
- Tap Voice & Data
- With 5G Auto set as the option, users can pick 5G On and use it whenever it’s available to get greater speeds.
- Alternately, if you wish to completely turn off 5G you can press LTE to increase battery longevity
Additionally, you can tap Data Mode in your cellular settings and choose to allow more Data on 5G for better quality streaming video as well as other things such as FaceTime. The reverse is also possible, Low Data Mode for when you need to save.
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