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How to Switch from 4G LTE to 3G on the New iPad to Save Battery Life

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Whether you live somewhere without 4G coverage, you live in a bad coverage zone, or you just want to conserve some battery life, it’s extremely simple to disable 4G / LTE on the new 3rd generation iPad and switch to 3G instead, which uses less battery life.

Note: We’ve not done formal testing yet to figure out how much battery life you might save, but there’s no question that 4G LTE technology uses a lot more battery overall, and it’s useful to know that you can disable it.

How to Disable 4G on the iPad

Head to Settings –> Cellular Data and switch Enable LTE from On to Off. As soon as you’ve done so, you’ll see the LTE in the upper bar change to 3G instead.

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Of course, if you are sitting around your house with Wi-Fi enabled, there’s no reason for any G at all, so you can flip the Cellular Data off as well.

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Note that flipping off the Cellular Data while at home should theoretically make sure that you are using less data from your plan.

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  • Published 03/18/12

Comments (6)

  1. Usman

    So you got the new iPad? Congrats =)

  2. Evert

    Is there an option to switch back to 2G and save even more battery?

  3. James

    Why not just turn the iPad off – battery will last for ages then…

  4. Zach

    @Evert No, but if you jailbreak and install sbsettings, you can turn off 3g with it. However, there is not yet a jailbreak for the new ipad or the ipad 2 on ios 5.1

  5. Sabrina

    Good to know about the How to Switch from 4G LTE to 3G on the New iPad to Save Battery Life.

  6. macdaddy

    I’ve heard lots of complaints that the 4g LTE really eats up the data plan. Sounds like this switch to 3G will help both battery and data usage.

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