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How to configure network type on Android

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Smartphone owners usually run into internet configuration problems after a updating to a more recent version of Android. We received quite a few complaints from users who experienced just this, so we decided to write up a quick and easy tutorial that will hopefully fix the issue. The tricky thing, for beginner users at least, is that connection settings, though they exist, are sometimes well hidden.

Android Nougat is a prime example of when this issue arose, forcing you to reconfigure your carrier settings often, as they’d be set to ones that would use up more data unnecessarily. In fact, this is one of the most common problems encountered by Nougat users.

The settings are sometimes changed as if by magic, or they return to their default state from when you first unboxed your Android smartphone or installed a custom ROM.

How to configure 4G / 3G / 2G on your Android

This tutorial can be used for any carrier that provides 2G, 3G or 4G, though the exact steps may vary slightly by device. Simply go to Settings, then More, Mobile networks and finally Preferred network type. There you can choose between the three options.

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First head to Settings and choose More. © NextPit
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After, select Mobile network settings and Preferred network Type. / © NextPit

Depending on your data plan, being on 4G may use your allotted amount quicker than when using 3G, which is usually fast enough for normal smartphone usage and in any case saves data considerably.

Now it’s your turn. Did this tutorial help you, and have you noticed any other issues we can give you a hand with?

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Pierre Vitré

Pierre Vitré
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Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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  • Debojeet Das Jan 15, 2017 Link to comment

    If you are facing problems selecting network type dial *#*#4636#*#*

    • Loie Favre Jan 16, 2017 Link to comment

      Thanks for the tip!

    • Jerry's W. Jan 18, 2017 Link to comment

      What does the code do?

  • steve Jan 15, 2017 Link to comment

    Most beginners won't be worrying about configuration they'd be more concerned how to upload candycrush from the playstore.

  • bhavesh Jan 14, 2017 Link to comment


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