How to turn off 4G LTE on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III when you don't need it, and save on battery
0. phoneArena 03 Aug 2012, 07:13 posted on
It's no secret that trying to maintain connection to a 4G LTE network, and especially to Verizon's one, drains battery much faster than if your phone was simply in 3G or 2G mode. The carriers force their LTE devices into active dual-mode operation, but Verizon's brand of it is particularly bad, since the phone has to maintain a connection to both the oldie CDMA2000, and the LTE networks...
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1. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Got it, thank you i turn it off since im home most of the day on wifi...unemployment sucks
2. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
im pretty sure i just turned my dads data off yesterday in the slide down internet settings.
3. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)
That is just data in general. This lets you choose if you want to always be looking for 4G or if you know you don't have it just look for 3G so you don't kill you battery. If you have neither then ya just turn off the data in the slide down settings.
4. MaxiZeus (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)
I work in VZW Texh Support. This will Help allot of phones.
5. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
Why you turn off 4g when you pay big bill at month i wan always 4g on my gs3 but only i see 4g but very slow like 3g my old iphone 4s runs better then cheap phone
6. MaxiZeus (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)
If you bought a Razr and uploaded to Ice Cream sandwich this app could helP you to. Can anyone out there confirm this on there razr? This app also could help with data signal stability in areas where the Phones gets stuck trying to connect to 4g. You could pick just one network. When that happens then the data ussualy doesnt work well or at all.
7. AJmeBOY (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
LTE OnOFF - HTC Thunderbolt by Cunning Logic works on my Razr MAXX perfectly! And every other person's devices that I have installed it on for them. The app takes you directly to the *# screen.
I easily get 2 days out of my battery now!
8. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Or you could use this Lte on/off apphttps://play.google.com/store/
apps/details?id=net.andirc.lte onfoff&feature=nav_result#?t=W 251bGwsMSwyLDNd
9. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
But according to many user reports, Verizon GS3 is more battery efficient when it's on 4G than 3G. So there is no point in doing this in my opinion. This probably due to 28nm S4 Krait chip that has integrated LTE modem.
12. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
You got that right jinwons, the battery on my Dinc4 (with the S4 Krait) runs more efficiently on 4G than the first processors for LTE. I get 12 hours easy with heavy use and 4 hours screen time...so you don't have to switch it off anymore on the newer phones with the new chips.
10. ChafedBanana (Posts: 367; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Why would Samsung or Verizon make locking the SGSIII into 3G not an option out of the box? Other phones have it. Why take a feature like that away from a phone that's supposed to be one of the best 2 phones right now? It must be Verizon. They like to rape phones of their features and lock phones down. It enables them to provide better tech support. VZW was probably fed up with stupids calling in asking "Why won't my phone get 4G?"
11. tbacba (Posts: 95; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
The signal bars do in fact show the reading for whichever network you happen to be on. When I am on 3g, the strength is always 3 or more bars, and db is usually in the 70's. On 4g I'm usually at 1 or 2 bars, with signal often over 100db. Even the weak 4g signal is still a lot faster than 3g, but at my house it switches back and forth quite often.