How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21

By | July 6, 2021

How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21
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If you have a Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra 5G and want to turn off 5G, there are two main ways to disable it.

The first way is in the Settings, which not all carriers allow 5G to be disabled.

Some cellphone carriers will not allow the Band to be changed from Settings, in which case an app can be used.

Why Users Turn Off 5G

  • Battery Life
  • Not Wide Spread
  • Often Not as Fast as 4G LTE

The main reason users turn off 5G is the battery life.

5G uses more power and drains the battery faster than using another band such as 4G LTE.

Often there is little to no difference in speed which is likely due to 5G not widely available yet.

4G LTE speeds are very good for basic web browsing, email, social media, and more.

This currently makes the trade-off for 5G not worth it to many users.

Disabling 5G – Settings vs. App
How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Using an App Step 5
Not all Cellphone carriers allow for 5G to be turned off.

If a carrier does not allow 5G to be turned off an app can be used called Samsung Band Selection.

It is often best to turn off 5G from the Setting if possible and use an app if the carrier does not have the option.

For example, T-mobile currently allows for 5G to be turned off, while Verizon and ATT do not.

If you use Verizon or ATT, you will likely need to use an app.

Let us know in the comment below if your cellphone carrier allows 5G to be disabled or not.

Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra Band Options

  • 5G/LTE/3G/2G
  • LTE/3G/2G
  • LTE/3G
  • 2G Only

There are a few different bands that can be chosen with the Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra 5G.
How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Band Options
The most commonly used cellphone Band is currently 4G LTE but any of the bands should work.

Availability of any band will depend on your location, carrier, and cell towers.

Below are the steps to turn off 5G on a Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra 5G using the Setting or using an App.

How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 from Settings

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and go to Settings
  2. How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Step 1

  3. Select Connections
  4. How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Step 2

  5. Select Mobile Networks
  6. How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Step 3

  7. Select Network Mode
  8. How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Step 4

  9. Select the Network Band
  10. How To Turn Off Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Step 5

How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Using an App

  1. Open the Google Play Store
  2. How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Using an App Step 1

  3. Search for the app Samsung Band Selection
  4. How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Using an App Step 2

  5. Click Install
  6. How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Using an App Step 3

  7. Open the app and click Launch Band Selection
  8. Select the Band Wanted (LTE ALL is 4G)
  9. How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21 Using an App Step 7

Summary
Turning off 5G on a Samsung Galaxy S21 can be done for a variety of reasons and should, in my opinion, be an option for users.

Some carriers will allow it to be disabled, while others will not have the option.

If the option is not available, an app called Samsung Band Selection can be used to turn it off.

Sometimes the Samsung Galaxy S21 will need to be powered off and restarted depending on the carrier

In Europe, most carriers have the option available, while in the USA, it can be hit-or-miss.

If in doubt, use the app as it is widely used.

Have you disabled 5G on your Samsung Galaxy S21? Let us know your thoughts below.

 




 

2 thoughts on “How To Turn Off and Disable 5G On a Samsung Galaxy S21

  1. Christian

    Thanks for the quick how to. The app seems to work perfectly. 5g was really slowing me down because I was bouncing between it and 4g, I’ll stay 4g until the 5g network is better.

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  2. Steve Helgeson

    Have a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Carrier is XFinity, which will not let me disable 5G through Settings. Problem is that I live in a rural area, 20+ miles away from the nearest metropolitan area (Philadelphia). Phone response was very slow (compared to previous phone: Samsung Galaxy 8+). Installed and ran Samsung Band Selection and changed band selection from AUTOMATICto LTE ALL. Response slowdown vanished. Also had problem with Alexa Auto connecting to the network when car was in the driveway: “Having trouble connecting to the network”. This was also resolved by turning off 5G

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