For the past few years, we have been seeing the next-generation cellular networks begin rolling out. 5G has arrived, and all of the carriers, ranging from AT&T and T-Mobile to Verizon have been making 5G available to the masses. Some rollouts have been slower (Verizon), while others (T-Mobile) are already available to more customers.
5G is just slightly different from the likes of the 4G LTE networks that we have become accustomed to. There are three different bands in which 5G operates, all of which aim to provide faster speeds than LTE. For example, Verizon’s mmWave technology, which takes advantage of high-band network spectrums, is capable of seeing speeds up to 10Gbps. When comparing that to LTE, which maxes out around 12Mbps, it’s easy to see why 5G is receiving such a push from carriers and smartphone makers alike.
Over the past year, just about every major smartphone release has included compatibility with 5G networks, regardless of which carrier you are using. This includes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, because who wouldn’t want a futuristic phone with faster-than-life network speeds?
Turn off 5G
The problem with 5G is that it’s still in its infancy, and is not as widely available as the LTE network. If you keep the 5G antenna in your Galaxy Z Fold 2 enabled, but never actually see 5G speeds, you could end up with less-than-stellar battery life.
What’s the point of leaving something turned on if you can never really make use of it? That’s the train of thought for many, as battery life is much more important than super-fast network download speeds.
Here’s how you can turn off 5G on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.
- Open the Settings app on your Galaxy Z Fold 2.
- Tap Connections.
- Scroll down and select Mobile Networks.
- Tap Network Mode.
- From the drop-down, tapLTE / CDMA (if Verizon).
- If on AT&T or T-Mobile, tap LTE / GSM / UMTS
- Restart your Z Fold 2.