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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