Switching Between 2G/3G/4G LTE Networks in Android

The new age 4G LTE network technology is being adopted gradually all over the world. More and more mobile network providers are announcing their networks being upgraded to the LTE technology every week. At the same time the older network technologies like 2G and 3G are not going to disappear very soon. Although most of the Android mobile phones automatically select 3G/4G network mode when you access the internet over the mobile networks, yet they switch back and forth between 3G and 4G very frequently. This hampers the download speed that you were expecting from 4G network. So if you want to use the latest 4G LTE network, then you will have to manually switch to the 4G LTE network mode. This is pretty easy to do in any 4G capable Android mobile phone.

Switch 2G 3G 4G in Android

Here is how you can quickly jump between various network modes (2G, 3G and 4G) in your Android smartphone:

  1. Open the Android system settings. This can be done by tapping on the Settings icon in the apps drawer.
  2. In the System settings, select More.. under Wireless & Networks. On the screen that opens up, choose Mobile Networks.Switch 2G 3G 4G in Android
  3. On the Network Settings, select 3G/4G service. This could be labeled in a slightly different way on your phone. Then select Network Mode on the next screen.Switch 2G 3G 4G in Android
  4. Now you can choose 2G, 3G or 4G LTE network modes as per your like. Your SIM signal may disappear for a few seconds after you choose a new network mode, as it will try to connect to the mobile network using the new network mode.

If you do not want to go through all these steps, then you can simple install an app like 2G/3G/4G Switcher which basically opens the Network Mode settings for you directly without going through all the steps.

Conclusion: For enjoying the very high speed downloads through the 4G LTE networks, you have to first switch to the 4G network mode. This is extremely easy for the Android smartphone owners.