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5G networks have been available for some time in several countries around the world. However, its implementation may have been a bit slower than expected.
The most recent generation of mobile networks brings certain advantages, among which its incredibly fast theoretical download/upload speeds stand out.
But 5G networks also have some drawbacks. For this reason, users of some of the most popular flagship devices on the market, such as the Google Pixel 6 series, are turning off 5G.
Why do some Google Pixel 6 users turn off 5G?
Google Pixel 6 users who decided to turn off 5G point to several reasons why they made this decision.
Throughout this story, we will tell you the main reasons why some Google Pixel 6 users turn off 5G. We hope that in the end, this will help you decide whether doing it is also right for you or not.
5G reduces battery life
Battery life is the most common reason why many Google Pixel 6 users decide to turn off 5G.
Although 5G offers much higher theoretical download speeds than 4G LTE networks, it also consumes more battery. Some users consider 5G battery consumption to be excessive compared to the benefits it brings.
I turn it off. Didn’t see a difference in phone service or internet speed, but it was killing my battery
I have mine. 5G is a massive battery drain, and I don’t see any appreciable increase in download speeds when I’ve had it as opposed to LTE. I’m in Las Vegas.
5G causing overheating for some
This reason could be directly related to the previous one, as the battery life drains faster if the device gets too hot.
Apparently, some users experience excessive heating on their devices when activating 5G networks. Thus, they prefer to keep the classic 4G LTE network.
I turned it off mainly because it kept my phone running hot all the time and the speeds weren’t even better than 4G.
Poor implementation of 5G by some operators
The quality of the 5G network is another reason why some users prefer to keep only 4G LTE networks active. Of course, this will depend on both the carrier and the geographic area you are in.
For example, some Verizon users point out that the carrier’s 5G implementation is almost “wrong.”
Additionally, it appears that the Verizon 5G network does not properly handle switching between antennas when moving between different areas, causing constant connectivity switching (affecting your device’s battery life).
So someone on Verizon and experimenting? I’ve turned off 5G since I got it in the fall because it changed turns so badly while driving, I practically had to restart the phone all the time. I wonder if any of the recent updates have helped.
Stopped. When I had it on, it constantly switched from 5G to 5G UC every few seconds.
Slower speeds than LTE in some cases
This is another reason why some Google Pixel 6 users (and other devices) prefer to stick with 4G LTE networks instead of 5G networks. It also depends on the geographical area and the carrier used.
In some cases, 5G speeds available in a certain area or carrier are slower than 4G LTE. So it makes no sense to keep 5G networks active, as they also consume more battery.
I’m on t-mobile in the Detroit metro area. On my pixel 6 and my iPhone 13, I disabled 5G. While yes there are times when it is faster, the VAST majority of the time LTE is faster and more reliable. For example, standing in my driveway, I get between 105 and 120 Mbps download over LTE on both phones and 3 bars of signal. On 5G I have full bars but only get 40-50 Mbps
Network cuts and dead zones due to poor coverage
Service interruptions and network dead zones are other issues that some Google Pixel 6 users face while using 5G networks.
There are some reports that this type of issue is gone by forcing the device to stay on 4G LTE networks.
Off – I’ve only had the phone for a week and the 5G connection drops regularly and I get the exclamation point of sadness despite the phone showing full bars of 5G. I changed the SIM setting to prefer LTE connection and it works perfectly.
Since they “turned on” 5G, I’ve had several dead spots on my commute. On LTE, the signal is strong enough to continue.
Some carriers charge extra for 5G
Some carriers charge extra for 5G
Finally, depending on the operator and the geographical area, some users are forced to pay additional fees if they wish to access 5G networks. Therefore, many prefer to stick with 4G LTE, which has speeds deemed to be fast enough.
I did not activate 5G because the plan costs 3 times more than the one I have now. Also, I work 95% from home, so I use more wifi anyway.
How to disable 5G on your Google Pixel 6 (and other devices)?
If you have decided to deactivate the 5G network on your device and it is not carrier-free, you will find two cases:
If your carrier allows it, you can easily change your network settings like this:
System Settings -> Network and Internet -> SIM -> Preferred network type
To top it off, if your carrier “blocks” the option and you can’t access it from the system settings, the process is as follows:
Dial *#*#4636#*#* for hidden phone status page.
Find the network type and change it to: LTE/GSM/WCDMA, which excludes NR (NR is what they call 5G).
The default option to return as it was is: NR/LTE/GSM/WCDMA
Note: The network type order was in a slightly different order, but essentially the same.
Update 1 (June 21)
1:30 p.m. (IST): A recent tweet from Arun Maini, aka Mrwhosetheboss, about disappointing 5G garnered nearly 15,000 likes. And most of the answers also share the same reasons we highlighted above.
This clearly indicates that 5G does not really live up to the hype generated by carriers during the initial rollout.
Update 2 (June 24)
11:05 a.m. (IST): As users turn off 5G due to slow or low network speeds, Verizon users might just be incentivized to switch to 5G as the company expands the availability of its 5G UWB via CBRS spectrum in the United States.
Update 3 (June 27)
09:48 (IST): Pixel 6 users on the Dish and Boost Mobile networks will now enjoy improved 5G connectivity as the company has entered into a new agreement with T-Mobile to make the 5G network available even outside of its network coverage.
Update 4 (June 30)
5:30 p.m. (IST): Users in Europe are also having issues connecting their Pixel 6 to a 5G network. A user is now asking Sundar Pichai to remove software restrictions so he can connect to 5G.
@sundarpichai please do whatever it takes to remove software restrictions on Pixel 6 pro so that you can connect to 5G and use VoLTE and VoWifi in all European countries. @EU_Consumer why are essential phone functions limited in the EU? #onemarket #equality @Google (Source)
Update 5 (July 1)
4:57 p.m. (IST): One user pointed out that Verizon’s switch to T-Mobile has improved 5G connectivity and provided them with better battery life on their Pixel 6 Pro.
However, connectivity varies from region to region, so you can test the 5G connectivity of different carriers in your region to see which one offers both a reliable 5G connection and improved battery life.
I recently switched from Verizon to TMO and the difference is staggering! More 5G, faster and more terrible connections and better battery life. P6P now on TMO. Edit! I’m in central New Jersey, (Hamilton Square and we’re retired so lots of WiFi but a big improvement r even there (Source)
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