How To Turn Off 5G To Save Your IPhone 12 Battery

December 20, 2020


The entire iPhone 12 lineup is capable of connecting to lightning fast 5G networks, which is great news for when those networks are actually lightning fast. But tapping into those gigabit speeds requires a sacrifice: battery life. But Apple baked a Smart Data Mode setting into new iPhones to give you more control over when your iPhone 12 is using 5G, and it’s super easy to use.

Apple gives you three options: You can keep 5G on all the time, switch over to LTE and never use 5G, or allow your iPhone to make that decision for you with an auto mode. If you’re downloading full seasons of TV to watch offline before a vacation (when those are a thing again), your phone will know to use 5G. If you’re just streaming music, your iPhone will shift to LTE.

Diving in to see your options is easy: Open Settings, tap Cellular, then Cellular Data Options. Select Voice & Data. There you’ll see 5G On5G Auto, and LTE. I recommend sticking with 5G Auto to let your iPhone decide when it needs faster speeds or not. That setting should help you conserve battery life.

Dec 20, 2020 at 08:28 PM
Dec 20, 2020 at 08:28 PM
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Dec 20, 2020 at 08:28 PM
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Dec 21, 2020 at 06:57 AM
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Dec 22, 2020 at 06:47 PM
Dec 27, 2020 at 12:12 AM
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Dec 27, 2020 at 01:41 PM
Dec 27, 2020 at 02:10 PM
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Jan 29, 2021 at 02:21 AM
Mar 09, 2021 at 02:59 PM
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