Question Is it possible to disable 5G on AT&T?

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GroovyGeek

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Bought an unlocked 256G pixel 6, looking to disable 5G to get longer battery life. However I am not seeing the "Preferred network" option under SIMS. Is there a secret handshake?

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phupton

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Hi fella. Go to Settings. Type preferred in to the search bar.

Select preferred network type.

Bob's your uncle.
 

derausgewanderte

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preferred does not give you what you are looking for. Preferences would be the better term.
But even when typing preferences it takes you to the same page and there are no options.

I wonder if you have to change the name of the access point to exclude 5G. Something "older" than nextgenphone
Nothing under Developer Options either it seems.

sorry Bob
cheers
 
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LeoD

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Jun 11, 2010
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Google Pixel 6
Bought an unlocked 256G pixel 6, looking to disable 5G to get longer battery life. However I am not seeing the "Preferred network" option under SIMS. Is there a secret handshake?

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Try this method. The details of what you are doing (or not) may matter . . .

To change from 5G to LTE as the preference --

Safe mode (long press power, hold the restart button and select safe mode)
After rebooting, turn off airplane mode.
then
settings > network & internet > internet > cog next to your provider > preferred network type
Reboot to exit safe mode
 

LeoD

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Jun 11, 2010
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Google Pixel 6
Bought an unlocked 256G pixel 6, looking to disable 5G to get longer battery life. However I am not seeing the "Preferred network" option under SIMS. Is there a secret handshake?
Or try this,

Dial *#*#4636#*#*
This will open a Testing menu,
tap phone information, and go down to Set preferred Network Type,
Select GSM/WCDMA/LTE(PRL)
Exit out and reboot.
 

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    Bought an unlocked 256G pixel 6, looking to disable 5G to get longer battery life. However I am not seeing the "Preferred network" option under SIMS. Is there a secret handshake?
    Or try this,

    Dial *#*#4636#*#*
    This will open a Testing menu,
    tap phone information, and go down to Set preferred Network Type,
    Select GSM/WCDMA/LTE(PRL)
    Exit out and reboot.
    2
    Bought an unlocked 256G pixel 6, looking to disable 5G to get longer battery life. However I am not seeing the "Preferred network" option under SIMS. Is there a secret handshake?

    View attachment 5489551
    Try this method. The details of what you are doing (or not) may matter . . .

    To change from 5G to LTE as the preference --

    Safe mode (long press power, hold the restart button and select safe mode)
    After rebooting, turn off airplane mode.
    then
    settings > network & internet > internet > cog next to your provider > preferred network type
    Reboot to exit safe mode
    2
    NR/LTE/GSM/WCDMA is what my AT&T Pixel 6 is set to.