You may want to change preferred network type on your Android device either because the network speed is too fast or too slow.
If your network speed is slow even while you are in a location with a 3G or 4G signal, then it’s probably 2G that is selected as your preferred network type.
Here, you will learn how to change the preferred network type to 4G/3G/2G automatically.
You can also choose only 4G, 3G, or 2G, depending on the network signal that is available in your locality.
Note: setting your preferred network type to be switching automatically within 4G, 3G, and 2G is the reason why your preferred network type keeps changing.
But not to worry, in this article; I will go ahead and show you how to change preferred network type on any Android device of your choice.
In most Android phones, the preferred network type keeps changing by default.
Of course, that setting may conflict with the preferred network type that you really want to use, so you will need to set it to your most preferred choice.
Following the steps I will share here will help you change your preferred network type from GSM to WCDMA in Android and vice versa so read closely.
You will not know how to change preferred network type Android unless you read through this page and follow the guide.
Where you will find this function to make any change to your network types depends on the brand of mobile phone that you are using and the Android version running on the phone.
In the course of this tutorial, I will be using Android version 7.0 (Nougat) to show you how to change preferred network type on your Android phone.
The screenshots you will see in this post may vary from that your phone. I just stated the reason above.
But not to worry, the steps will be pretty similar, so it will also guide you to change your preferred network type, irrespective of the Android version that is running on your phone.
— This functionality is located within your phone settings, so locate your phone settings menu and tap on it.
Under wireless & networks
- Tap on cellular networks
- Tap on “More” to get to the cellular network settings
- Now that is where you change your preferred network type.
My preferred network type is 3G only, that is why you are seeing “3G Only” in the image above. You may see another network type in your case. Just tap on it to see the network types from which you can choose from.
If you are using a dual SIM phone, you may have to switch to the appropriate SIM which you wish to change the preferred network type.
Most Android devices do not support changing of preferred network type on SIM 2, that is why you are seeing my own greyed out below:
So to change the preferred network type on my Android mobile phone, I will need to switch to SIM 1 to be able to change the preferred network type.
Preferred network types on my Android device & how they work
- 4G/3G/2G (Auto)
- 4G only
- 3G only
- 2G only
4G/3G/2G (Auto) — This network type automatically selects the network signal from 4G to 2G depending on the signal that is available in the location that you are in.
3G/2G — This only switches between 3G and 2G. So even if you have a 4G signal in the location that you are in, if you have this option selected as your preferred network type, your device will not be able to receive any4G signal.
4G only — As the name implies, you only receive a 4G signal only; so if there is no 4G signal in your location, then you will have no network coverage at all in your mobile phone.
3G only — It covers only 3G signals. If there is a 4G signal in that locality, it will ignore and only get a 3G signal because that is the selected preferred network type.
The same thing that applied to a 4G only network type applies here, too.
If there is no 3G signal in that locality, the phone will not have any network coverage. Not even for calls.
2G only — We all started from here. Before the inception of 3G and 4G, we have been using 2G network signals.
2G signal is slow if you are using it to browse, but if you are in a location which is yet to have 3G or 4G signals, then you might manage the 2G signal.
With 2G selected as your preferred network type, there is no how you will not have a network coverage on your phone
Unless there is mast of the network that you are using in your locality.
The only difference is that your browsing speed will be pretty slow.
Now you know how these network types work! Go ahead and change the network type to your preferred choice, NOW!