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How to Disable LTE / 3G and Use 2G on iOS 8

As far as wireless communications standards go, 4G / LTE or 3G is pretty much the norm nowadays. However in other countries like in the few areas of India, 3G or 4G coverage is still pretty much spotty. So many people are still relying on 2G / EDGE for connecting online. So it’s quite baffling that iOS 8 didn’t add the option to disable 3G and allow users to use 2G instead. Fortunately Apple has addressed this annoyance with iOS 8.1. Here’s a quick guide on how to use 2G on iOS 8.

How to Disable LTE-4G and Use 2G on iOS 8

Steps on How to Disable LTE / 3G and Use 2G on iOS 8:

  1. First, make sure that you have updated your iPhone to iOS 8.1.
  2. Launch the Settings app.
  3. Tap Mobile (in some other cases it might say “Cellular”)
  4. If you have Mobile Data enabled, you should be able to see another toggle below which says Voice & Data.
  5. iOS 8 Mobile Cellular Settings

  6. From here, you will be given three options as to which connections to use: LTE, 3G, and 2G. Tap 2G to use 2G on iOS 8.
  7. iOS 8.1 2G 3G LTE

Not Seeing the Voice & Data Option?

In case you do not see the Voice & Data option (which is rather common), it’s possible that the issue has something to do with your carrier. So you might want to check if there’s an available update for your carrier settings.

To update your carrier settings, connect your iPhone running iOS 8.1 to your computer and open iTunes. Click “Check for Updates” and if there’s an update available, a popup similar to the screenshot below will appear. Click Download and Update to update your iPhone’s carrier settings.
iTunes Carrier Update
After following these steps, you should now be able to use 2G on iOS 8 to connect to the internet. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section.

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