Samsung Galaxy S4: Disable 4G/LTE

I own a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 and wanted to disable 4G/LTE to save battery power. I couldn’t find a setting, but there is a way.

While some versions of the S4 allow you to go to Settings > More networks > Mobile networks > Network mode > CDMA to disable 4G and allow a 3G only connection, the Verizon version does not. I searched Google Play for a free app that disables 4G, but couldn’t find one that actually worked with my phone.

Finally I tried 4G Switch for 99 cents and it’s the only app I’ve found that actually works for disabling 4G/LTE.

1. Download 4G Switch from Google Play.

2. Once installed, open the app by tapping Apps >4G Switch.

3. Tap Start.

4. Select Phone information.

5. Select GSM/CDMA auto (PRL) for the preferred network type setting.

S4 Device Info setting

Your S4 will now connect via a 3G only connection and LTE will be turned off.

3G enabled on S4

If you find another way to accomplish this, please share it in the comments section.

Comments

  1. Rocco Zappia says

    Excellent app. I was having issues with my S4 dropping calls even with the network extender. With this app I am able to turn off 4G and I am getting full bars and no more dropped calls.

  2. Tony says

    Have Verizon galaxy S4 – worked for me – Found nothing else that would – easily worth a George Washington

  3. Stace Naseef says

    Yep! This is the only thing that worked for me too! Well worth the dollar for the app.

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