How to set up 5G on your iPhone 12/ 12 Pro/ 12 Mini
iPhone 12 lineup are the first iPhones to support 5G networks. And all of them purchased in the United States are compatible with both the two types of 5G, super-fast mmWave 5G and the slower but more widespread Sub-6GHz 5G. But if you buy one outside of the U.S., it doesn’t have the mmWave antenna and won’t connect to mmWave networks. Anyhow, you are able to enjoy accelerated wireless speeds of the 5G network on your new iPhone 12.
Pick the right plan to get the speediest 5G coverage
First of all, you will consider switching to a 5G plan. The fact is you might not have to change plans at all. All carriers in the U.S. are offering both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks, though availability varies. We just talk about the three major carriers here.
Old Sprint customers and existing T-Mobile subscribers will get access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G sub-6GHz network at no extra cost, no matter what plan they have. T-Mobile has the broadest nationwide 5G network among the three carriers but is the only one that doesn’t have a mmWave component.
AT&T named sub-6GHz as 5G, and mmWave UVB called 5G Plus. According to other people’s tests, It’s not much faster than the carrier’s 4G LTE network. And the speeds of 5G Plus network are limited due to the extremely numbered of covered cities.
Verizon’s 5G network is built based on the existing 4G LTE bands, therefore, the speeds you get are probably the same as LTE. However, its coverage is pretty decent. Every Verizon customers are able to access to nationwide 5G, no matter you have an unlimited plan or an older capped plan.
All of these three have their advantages and shorts. It’s better for you to find more information about their plans’ content and price before making a decision.
Choose the right data mode on your iPhone 12/ 12 Pro/ 12 Mini to save data and battery
There are three 5G data genres, 5G On, 5G Auto, and LTE. When you choose 5G On, your phone will use 5G wherever it is available. It may reduce battery life. LTE is the 4G network we used before. If you select it, you won’t experience the lightening speed 5G brings. 5G Auto, the default setting, uses 5G only when 5G won’t significantly reduce battery life.
Follow the steps to set up data genres. Settings>Cellular>cellular plan or Cellular Data Options>Voice & Data
Meanwhile, there are 3 data modes optional. By default, ‘Allow More Data on 5G’ brings higher-quality video and FaceTime when connected to 5G cellular networks. If you choose ‘Standard’ mode, it will allow automatic updates and background tasks on cellular but limits video and FaceTime quality. ‘Low Data Mode’ pauses automatic updates and background tasks when connected to a cellular network.
Follow the steps to set up data genres. Settings>Cellular>cellular plan or Cellular Data Options>Data Mode
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