Hot topics

How to enable 4G on a Samsung Galaxy S4

How to enable 4G on a Samsung Galaxy S4

One of the most interesting features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the ability of it to connect to LTE networks, more commonly referred to as fourth generation networks or 4G. Those who possess the device (…and the data plan to back it up!) can activate LTE connection, but it requires a little bit of a work around. In case you didn’t know how to do it, here is a quick tutorial on how to enable 4G LTE on your Galaxy S4.

LTE Test Screenshot small
Get that blazing fast network enabled on your new Galaxy S4. / © NextPit

There are many carriers that have LTE networks in place, but you should always check to see if the service map covers your area and that you have a LTE enabled SIM card. Also, be aware that LTE networks permit extremely fast internet browsing and has the capability of uploading and downloading data at ridiculously fast speeds (326 Mbps for download and 86 Mbps for uploading).

  1. Tap your Menu Key
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Tap More Networks
  4. Go to Network Mode
  5. Select the Network that you want. For 4G/LTE, choose the LTE/CDMA option. For 3G, choose CDMA.
  6. Tap OK and the device will apply the new settings and restart.
© NextPit

There you go! Enjoy your new blazing fast Samsung Galaxy S4!


EDIT: As per commenter Kevin, this works for Galaxy S4s on Verizon and Sprint. For other networks, it will connect to LTE automatically if available.

 The best gaming monitors at a glance

  Best gaming monitor up to $400 Best gaming monitor up to $600 Best gaming monitor up to $800 Best gaming monitor up to $1,000 Best gaming monitor for consoles
Image LG Ultragear 27GP850P - product image Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ - product image BenQ MOBIUZ EX3210U - product image Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM - product image Gigabyte M32U - product image
Go to comment (14)
Sterling Keys

Sterling Keys
Freelance Editor

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.

To the author profile
Liked this article? Share now!
Recommended articles
Latest articles
Push notification Next article
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing

  • 1
    Samina Kamal Feb 19, 2019 Link to comment

    My samsung galaxy 4 did not give this option. It only gave the option of WCDMA/GSM and not LTE WCDMA/GSM. so how do you get the 4 g

  • 1
    Shashidhar Oct 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Sir,I am from India.I am using Samsung Galaxy S4 Verizon 4G LTE device.I am not getting signals when I insert jio sim in my mobile.Please help me how to get signals.

  • Subhendu Sahoo 2
    Subhendu Sahoo Sep 8, 2016 Link to comment

    my samsung s4 not open 4g.someone can help me how to open it

  • 2
    Dev Sep 7, 2016 Link to comment

    I m an Indian user. I hv galaxy s4 and I want to use it on LTE network but as u said there is no LTE/CDMA network preference option available in network setting. Sterling plzz help me out.

  • 1
    abcd abcd efg Sep 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Thank you so much! For the longest time, ive been wondering why i only have a H+ connection when i signed up for a 4g data plan. Your article resolved my issue that has been pestering me for ages!!!! Thank you

  • 1
    Tim Frentz Apr 23, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm currently making a guide on how to improve ATT based s4's signals on other carriers.
    Follow updates on related tips at: freehelpinghands.wordpress DOT com

  • 1
    Cameron Luecke Jan 24, 2014 Link to comment

    totally useless if you have att. haven't gotten the damn thing to do anything but wifi at home. very frustrating.

  • The Meltz 5
    The Meltz Aug 26, 2013 Link to comment

    I can appreciate your enthusiasm for 4G LTE.
    However, you might be overselling it a bit.
    No matter how strong the signal is on the 4G, it's still NEVER as fast as wifi at home.
    At least not for me.
    And I'm not even signed up for the fastest speed available with my internet service provider.
    4G LTE is definitely way faster than 3G was/is.
    But it's not amazingly fast.
    Like I said, if you have the standard speed with your ISP at home, using either a cable connection, or AT&T's U-verse service, your wifi at home will still bury the speed of the 4G LTE speed.
    Probably anywhere from double the speed, all the way up to quadruple the speed.

    We definitely HAVE come far with cell speeds.
    By leaps and bounds.
    I just don't want people to expect a miracle from your article.

    Thank you though.
    I always look forward to your newsletters, guys!!!!

    Take care.


  • 1
    Kevin Jul 21, 2013 Link to comment

    This is the dumbest article ever. Every s4 is lte enabled by default and at&t def has lte. They have the second largest lte network in the country behind verizon. Also the more networks option only works on Verizon and sprint versions. At&t s4 is setup to automatically connect to the strongest signal whether that is lte 4g or edge. If you want to change the network manually you can dial (#*#*info*#*#) from the phone dialer go to device information and change it there

  • Sterling Keys 12
    Sterling Keys Jul 21, 2013 Link to comment


  • Sterling Keys 12
    Sterling Keys Jul 21, 2013 Link to comment

    As Kevin pointed out above, all S4s have LTE enabled.

  • 4
    Robert Brown Jul 21, 2013 Link to comment

    I'm on AT&T. After I click on 'More Networks', there's no 'Network Mode'.

    • Warren Moonga 1
      Warren Moonga Jul 20, 2015 Link to comment

      You have to click on "Mobile Networks" before you get to "Network Mode".

  • 1
    Patrix Henry Jul 19, 2013 Link to comment

    I do have a different option under networks...

Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing