The 5G connectivity option on the iPhone 13 lets you access 5G networks when available and if your carrier supports it.
But if you find that your iPhone battery is draining very quickly or your connection is slow due to poor 5G connection, you can stop using 5G on the device.
You can disable 5G on iPhone 13 by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Options > Voice & Data > and selecting the LTE option.
How to disable 5G on iPhone
- I open Settings.
- Select Cellular.
- Select Cellular Settings.
- Tap on Voice and data.
- Tap on LTE.
Below, our guide continues with more information on how to turn off 5G on the iPhone 13, including photos of those steps.
The 5G connectivity feature of the iPhone allows access to the carrier’s mobile or 5G network.
This is the fastest data connection currently available for the iPhone 13. It can often deliver download and upload speeds comparable to or better than what you would experience on your home network.
But that 5G connection can eat up a lot of battery, and you might find the battery draining early in the day.
If you decide that you no longer want your iPhone to be connected to 5G and only want to use an LTE connection, you can disable 5G on your iPhone by following the steps in our guide below.
Related: You can read this article about enabling 5G on iPhone if you change your mind and want to re-enable the option later.
How to prevent iPhone from using 5G
The steps in this article were done on an iPhone 13 running iOS 16.
Step 1: Select the Settings app icon from the Home screen.
Step 2: Select “Cellular” in this settings menu.
Step 3: Tap the Cellular Options button at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Select the “Voice and Data” option at the top of the list.
Step 5: Tap on the LTE option to prevent the iPhone from using 5G.
Now that you know how to turn off 5G on iPhone 13, you can toggle this setting on and off whenever you want to change your phone’s access to this type of network.
Video of turning off 5G on iPhone
Learn more about iPhone 5G
If you’re making this change because your iPhone’s battery drains too quickly when using 5G, you might want to try the Low Power Mode option.
You can find this by going to Settings > Battery > then turn on Low Power Mode.
You’ll know the setting is enabled when the battery icon turns yellow.
Power saving mode helps you save battery life by turning off features like background app refresh and other settings that typically use battery power but may not be critical to your device’s performance.
Although LTE is very fast, you may notice that your iPhone is not downloading content or streaming as fast as it could with 5G enabled.
Another setting in your iPhone’s cellular menu that you might want to look into, especially if you’re traveling the world, is the Data Roaming option.
Data roaming will allow your iPhone to connect to other carrier networks when you travel so you can continue to use the Internet.
However, there are usually higher fees associated with this and data usage will not be part of your monthly plan.
You can turn off cellular data roaming on your iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and turning off the Data Roaming option.