In today’s fast-paced world, a stable and reliable internet connection is essential. However, there may be instances when you need to change your network mode on your Android phone to optimize your internet speed, improve call quality, or conserve battery life. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore different methods to change the network mode on your Android device and troubleshoot common issues that may arise.
What is Network Mode on Android?
Network Mode on your Android phone is an essential setting that influences the data speeds your device can achieve. Depending on your location, different network modes might be available – 2G, 3G, 4G, or even the lightning-speed 5G. By setting your phone to the fastest network mode, your device consistently connects to the network providing the highest data speed and the best signal. For instance, if you’re in a 5G-enabled area and choose this as your preferred network mode, you can expect ultra-fast downloads and uploads for a sleek browsing experience.
Why Change Network Modes?
- Improve connection quality in areas with weak signals.
- Optimize battery life by switching to lower power-consuming modes.
- Troubleshoot network-related issues by testing different modes.
- Not all devices have the option to change network modes.
- If available, the option can usually be found in the device settings menu under “Network” or “Connections”.
- Consider your specific needs and circumstances before making any changes to ensure the best experience.
Understanding Network Modes
Before diving into the methods of changing network modes, it’s crucial to understand what these modes signify:
- CDMA/WCDMA: 3G network.
- EDGE/GSM: 2G network.
- LTE: 4G network.
- NR: 5G network.
These modes represent different generations of mobile technology, each offering different data speeds and coverage.
Before making any changes to your device, please read Disclaimer given below.
Let’s explore the following four methods, and choose the one that best suits your needs, to change network mode.
Method 1: Basic and Safe Method
The basic method to change the network mode on your Android phone involves accessing the settings menu. Follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app on your Android device.
- Select “Wireless and Networks” and tap on “More.”
- Scroll down and touch “Mobile Network.”
- Tap on “Dual SIM/SIM Settings.”
- Select “Network Mode” or “Preferred Network Type.”
- Choose the appropriate option based on your preferences:
- CDMA/WCDMA: 3G
- EDGE/GSM: 2G
- LTE: 4G
- NR: 5G
Note that the available options may vary depending on your device and network provider.
Method 2: Using a 3rd party App
If the basic method does not work for you, you can use a third-party app to change the network mode on your Android phone. Follow these steps:
- Download and install the “4G LTE Only Mode” app from the Play Store.
- Launch the app and tap on “Open Advanced Hidden Settings for LTE Only Mode.“
- Under the “Set Preferred Network Type” dropdown, select the network type you want:
- To get 4G/LTE and below, set it to “LTE/TDSCDMA/CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA.”
- To get 5G, set it to “NR/LTE/TDSCDMA/CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA.”
Keep in mind that this method may not persist after a device reboot, requiring you to repeat the steps.
Method 3: USSD Code
Another method to change the network mode on your Android phone is by using a USSD code. Follow these steps:
- Open the Dialer app on your Android device.
- Dial *#*#4636#*#* ( If this code doesn’t work try to find your device’s secret code by searching in Google)
- Select “Phone Information.“
- If you have a dual SIM device, select the slot (SIM) you want to change the settings for.
- Scroll down and select the option under “Set Preferred Network Type” and choose the desired network mode.
If you are unable to change the network mode using the basic methods, you can consider more advanced troubleshooting options.
Method 4: Advanced Method to Enable Network Mode
- If you’re unable to change the Network Mode using basic methods, you can change your device’s stock firmware or CSC.
- If this doesn’t work, you can flash a Custom ROM for your device.
Fix Troubleshooting Common Issues
No Network After Changing Network Mode
If you experience no network connectivity after changing the network mode, try the following steps:
- Change the network mode to CDMA/GSM/GSM auto(PRL)/LTE/WCDMA/5G and check if the issue persists.
Slow Internet Speed
If your internet speed slows down after changing the network mode, consider these potential solutions:
- Check if your SIM card or service provider supports the selected network mode (3G/4G/5G).
- Turn on and off Airplane Mode on your Android device.
- Reboot or restart your device to refresh the network settings.
Voice Call Not Working
If you encounter issues with voice calls after changing the network mode, follow these steps:
- Ensure that the network mode is set to a supported option for voice calls (CDMA/GSM/GSM auto(PRL)/LTE/WCDMA).
- Restart your device and check if the issue persists.
Network Power Down
If your network suddenly powers down after changing the network mode, try the following steps:
- Change the network mode to CDMA/GSM/GSM auto(PRL)/LTE/WCDMA/5G and observe if the network stability improves.
3G/4G/5G Not Working
If you are unable to connect to 3G/4G/5G networks, consider these solutions:
- Check if your SIM card or service provider supports the selected network mode.
- Change the network mode to CDMA/GSM/GSM auto(PRL)/LTE/WCDMA/5G and verify if the issue persists.
To sum up, altering the network mode on your Android device can be beneficial in various situations. By following the methods and troubleshooting steps outlined in this guide, you can optimize your network connection, call quality, and battery life to suit your preferences and needs.
That’s it for today. I hope you found this article helpful. If you found it beneficial, please leave a comment in the comment box. Additionally, if you encounter any issues, please let me know in the comments so that I can promptly assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
• My Samsung Galaxy s21 network mode missing/not showing/gone.
Ans: Some CSC variant model don’t have this option or hidden. Use 4G LTE Only Mode Application to change network mode.
• Mobile data icon/symbol not showing in notification or in quick setting/ status bar Samsung.
Ans: This option is hidden in some Samsung model. In this case go to Settings>Connections>Data usages>Mobile Data form here you can on/off mobile data.
• No mobile data on off setting or turn on/off cellular data (Samsung)
Ans: Some Samsung or other Android smartphone don’t have this option. To on/off data go to 4G LTE Only Mode >Open Advanced Hidden Settings>Phone info then click 3dot icon in the upper right corner. Here below you will find Disable/Enable Data Connection option.
The information presented in this blog post is based on the author’s personal experience and extensive research. It is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a substitute for professional advice. The methods and troubleshooting steps mentioned may vary depending on your device and network provider. It is always recommended to refer to the official documentation or contact your device manufacturer or network provider for accurate and up-to-date information regarding network mode settings and troubleshooting. The use of third-party apps or making changes to device firmware carries certain risks, and it is advisable to proceed with caution and take appropriate backup measures before attempting any advanced methods.