Your iPhone 6 is capable of connecting to a number of different types of cellular networks, including LTE. An LTE connection is usually quite fast, and can allow you to stream video and audio while you are connected to a cellular network. However, this faster connection speed makes it much easier to use a lot of the data that is included with your monthly cellular plan, plus it can cause your battery to drain a bit faster.
So if you are having battery issues, or if you are using too much data, then turning off LTE may be something that you want to try. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting on your iPhone so that you can disable LTE for both voice and data purposes.
Disabling LTE on an iPhone in iOS 9
Device used: iPhone 6 Plus
Software version: iOS 9.0.2
Note that you will likely see much slower Internet speeds once you have turned off LTE. While 3G can be relatively fast, it can be much more difficult to perform tasks that typically require a lot of data, such as streaming audio or video.
- Open the Settings menu.
- Select the Cellular option at the top of the screen.
- Tap the Enable LTE button near the top of the screen.
- Select the Never option.
If you are turning off LTE on your iPhone because you want to minimize the amount of data that you are using, then you may want to consider turning off data on your device completely. This will set up your iPhone so that you can only connect to the Internet when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Alternatively, if you are having difficulty with your Wi-Fi connection, then you might prefer to turn off Wi-Fi and force your device to connect to a cellular network. This will use much more of your cellular data, but if you need to access a website and are having trouble over Wi-Fi, then a cellular network may be your best option.
Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.