Why Does My Phone Say LTE Instead Of 4G?

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A simple way to explain the difference between 4G and LTE is that 4G is faster than LTE. While the former meets the technical standards, the latter’s data transfer speed standard comes up until the actual 4G speed is realized.

In other words, your phone says LTE instead of 4G because the connectivity is currently experiencing a data transfer speed that is acting as a mere stopgap measure until the actual 4G is back for improved connectivity – downloading and uploading of digital media.

A casual observer can easily get confused or have no clue to which of the connectivity indicators is to reflect on the phone for the smoothest downloading and uploading experience. In this connection, the right question that comes to mind is which connectivity signal is supposed to show.


Is my phone supposed to say LTE instead of 4G?

While 4G and LTE are alternate names for the same thing, you might wonder why your phone says LTE instead of 4G, which might account for the current connectivity problems you might be facing. 

If your iPhone has LTE networking, you should be looking at disabling the LTE cellular network to gain a more stable connection. It happens mostly these days due to low coverage areas, resulting in continuously dropped calls. Normally, for a smooth experience, your phone is supposed to say 4g.


What does the LTE mean anyway?

The full meaning of LTE is Long Term Evolution. Many cellular devices like yours use this high-speed wireless communication technology to establish high-speed mobile communication for high-speed data transfer, especially in modern cell phones, and not specific for iPhones.

When you see the LTE symbol in the corner of your device, you are connected to an LTE network, not 2G, 3G, and so on. It can be seen in iPhones and other mobile devices, anyway.

LTE network is not as fast as 4g and what most people resort to when the former comes up is to turn it off (more on this later)


The 4G symbol on your phone

Today, most phones with 3G networks have been upgraded to 4G connectivity speeds. This allows you to get the smoothest experience in transferring digital media, including streaming video and high-quality music. 

Compared to LTE, you don’t get long load times and buffering when using a 4G network. It is the new standard, and the only excuse for not being able to use it is when your area only supports 3G.


How do you turn off LTE on your iPhone?

Know that you know why your phone is saying LTE instead of 4G; the next thing you may want is to switch the data speed directly in the iPhone Settings or turn it off. To turn off LTE on iPhone, follow these simple steps:

  • First, launch the Setting app on iPhone.
  • Click on “Cellular” 
  • Tap “Cellular Data Options” – please note that older iPhone versions do not have a sub-menu, only newer versions of IOS
  • Click on the “Enable LTE” and select “OFF.” 
  • If you want to stabilize some voice calls as default, then set it on ‘Data Only.’ 
  • Give it seconds and observe how the iPhone cellular connection cycles on and then go off.
  • Aftward, you should see either 3G or 4G as default in the status bar since the LTE is now deactivated.
  • Exit settings.

Disabling the LTE cellular network in your iPhone, aside from slow connectivity, will prove useful in certain situations. For example, suppose you are on a self-imposed data throttle; you may see tangible reasons to turn it off.

Regarding the matter at hand, the solution to getting a stable connection in a situation where the LTE network drops a circle between 3G, LTE, or even 2G is to turn off the LTE network.


Is your phone still saying LTE instead of 4G?

Just as there are many ways to kill a rat, there is various way to fix 4G not working on your iPhone. As we conclude this short guide, I’ll briefly share some of the ways I get past a not working 4g on my phone.

In most situations, all you need to do to fix a phone showing LTE instead of 4G is to engage in a little troubleshooting, such as turning on Airplane mode for about half a minute and then turning it off.

If not, there are other troubleshooting solutions I know of that work, which you can try out.

1. You want to ensure the mode selected in your network setting has 4G (auto). 

2. You may need to refresh the whole system by restarting the device. It seems to be more effective than the Airplane mode troubleshoots since the latter is just about refreshing the network.

3. Your phone isn’t saying 4g, probably because the sim you inserted into the device has not been upgraded to 4G. Hence, another solution is to ensure that your sim card, and even the phone itself, is compatible with 4G.

4. If the sim card is 4G, solving LTE showing instead of 4g may require you to clean and reinsert your SIM card.

5. If any of these have not helped solve the 4G not showing on your phone, then it may be when you need to reset your network settings. Note that such prompt will erase existing network parameters such as Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi networks

Other practical solutions to making 4G show in your phone’s status bar instead of LTE are calling your network service provider or resorting to the intervention of a technician as it may be suffering from a hardware defect.

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