Subscribe

32 essential Android tips and tricks

Several weeks ago, we highlighted 40 useful iPhone tricks everyone should know. We got such good feedback from that feature that we wanted to share the love with Android users – who, after all, make up the largest proportion of the smart phone community.

8. Switch between 3G and 4G networks

  • close
    You can force your 4G phone to connect to 3G networks only, to conserve battery or to avoid chewing through a data limit.
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

By now, most Android phones have a 4G antenna -- but lots of 4G networks are spotty, and sucking down data at that speed can drain your battery or put you over your monthly data allowance pretty quickly. What's to be done? The easiest fix is to manually select between 3G and 4G networks -- for example, maybe you only want to turn on 4G when you're in an area that has good coverage, or maybe you want to force your phone onto 3G to avoid draining your battery. Look for the "Mobile networks" subsection of the Settings screen, then check "Network Mode." You can set it to CDMA only (3G), or LTE/CDMA (3G and 4G). This setting might vary depending on where you're living or what network you're on.

8 of 32

Read Comments

View reader comments | Comment on this story
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK