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Turning OFF 3G for iPhone 5?

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JonnyEvans Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 21, 2012 7:56 AM

I have just picked up my new iPhone 5 but since turning it on I have noticed that my 3G is permanently ON and I want to be able to turn it on and off as I please as I used to when using my iPhone 4.

 

I have been through all of the settings and whereas this used to be in General - Network - Enable 3G and you could toggle on and off......this doesn't appear to be the case for the iPhone 5.

 

Help!

 

Thanks

 

Jon

iPhone 5, iOS 6
  • rachelm7 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    Settings >> General >> Cellular >> Turn off Cellular Data

     

    You'll have to use Wifi to get on the Internet or use FaceTime. This is the only way I've found to turn off 3G.

  • jagdeepgaba Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 27, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to rachelm7)

    it only turn off cellular data not 3G ..iphone 5 still works on 3G network for calls ..

     

    is there any another way to turn off 3g in iphone 5 like iphone 4

  • Art Renderman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 7:40 PM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    Yes I have the same question. I sometimes like to use the iPhone strictly as an iPod but still like to check email on wifi. The disable 3G option allows me to conserver power (and not worry about radiation) while listening to music or watching videos.

    The Airplane mode is an option but it turns everything off, including wifi.

  • erk3000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 5:51 PM (in response to jagdeepgaba)

    Hi new to iphones. The iphone 5 is my first one and I too was wondering about the 3g. I have quite a small data package with plan so dont want to be using it up when not in a wifi zone. I think i have found the solution...

     

    If you want to turn off the 3g data package ie dont be using up your limit

    go to: SETTINGS-GENERAL-CELLULAR-CELLULAR DATA- SELECT OFF

     

    I think the above turns off 3g for using the internet and data but still uses it for calls etc

     

    To turn off 3g completely

    go to: SETTINGS-GENERAL-CELLULAR-ENABLE 3G-SELECT OFF

     

    Hope this helps people

  • Art Renderman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to erk3000)

    Hi erk 3000:

    In fact that's the problem with my phone. The "Enable 3G" is not there in the GENERAL>CELLULAR window.

     

    Only "Cellular Data", "Enable LTE", "Data Roaming",  "Cellular Data Network", "Personal Hotspot", and "Use Cellular Data for:" is available. No toggle to turn off cell calls... which was available in iOS 5.

     

    Could it be each carrier has an option of deleting that option?

     

    As I mentioned, I could use "Airplane mode" but that kills the Wifi as well.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 7:11 PM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    You can put it in Airplane Mode...

  • FrostyJoe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 7:48 PM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    I think they got rid of 3G data off option since iphone 4 or 4s.

     

    But you can turn on airplane mode then go turn on your wifi only..

  • Art Renderman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to FrostyJoe)

    Thanks FrostyJoe:

    I didn't realize that wifi can be activated in airplane mode.

    I was mistakenly thinking that wifi was not allowed on airplanes too.

  • paulidj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 8:25 AM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    Maybe for your contract switching to LTE will switch off 3G

  • alphonse110712 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 9, 2012 9:12 AM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    I just got an iPhone 4 through Verizon and I also do not have an option to disable 3G.  The only thing I can do is disable "Celluar Data."  Then the 3G goes off.

     

    Perhaps this is a carrier related option, as mentioned.

  • Brave01Heart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 9, 2012 10:14 AM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    Hi

     

    I've just been checking these settings on my iPhone 5 and I don't see "Cellular Data" (or Cellular) in Settings/General?

     

    What I do have is Settings/Mobile Data then, Mobile Data (On/Off), Enable LTE (On/Off), Data Roaming (On/Off), Personal Hotspot (On/Off).

     

    My iPhone 5 was purchased from Apple for £529 and comes 'unlocked' and I have an Orange (EE) 'Mini SIM in it.  3G is not mentioned anywhere in the Settings

     

    Why are these options not the same on all iPhone 5's?

  • jessicarose91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 3:08 AM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    to turn 3g off go to settings -general -mobile data - mobile data should be switch on all you have to do is swtich this off  or you can Customize  it to your wanting hope thing helped

  • cbkrishna Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 10:58 PM (in response to JonnyEvans)

    Hi,

    On iPhone5:

     

    Settings --> Cellular --> Cellular Data: Change this to off.

    Your phone will still have Carrier & WiFi

     

     

    cheers

  • Ocean20 Level 6 Level 6 (12,380 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 11:04 PM (in response to Art Renderman)

    Wifi may not be allowed in a plane but when in airplane mode wifi can be turned back on

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