Where is the option to enable or disable 3G connection?
If you have asked a similar question, you are not alone. Many iPhone users have reported that the “Enable 3G” toggle option is missing from their iPhone devices. This problem is visible only after you install iOS 8 firmware. Is it not an accidental fault, but a deliberate attempt from Apple to make connecting easier. Does it really help? Absolutely not!
Here is an explanation:
On iPhones running iOS 7 firmware, there was an option to turn ON or turn OFF 3G network whenever required. Users can go into the Settings menu, tap on Cellular and look for the “Enable 3G” button.
If enabled, 3G network is activated.
If disabled, 3G network is deactivated.
This simple option allowed users to disable 3G and switch to 2G/EDGE/GPRS Internet. However, it’s possible only on iOS 7 firmware. What if you decide to upgrade to iOS 8? Then you have to…
Get Used To The Missing 3G Button
Upgrade your iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s to the new iOS 8 and you will notice there is no 3G toggle option anymore.
Apple probably believed the whole world connects to the Internet over LTE, 4G and WiFi network, which is absolutely not true. This 3G toggling option is now replaced with “Enable LTE” option as shown in the picture below:
Note that LTE connection is unavailable in many countries. Indian users, for example, are frustrated with the new change. On the Apple forum, we have seen many users from Turkey, Pakistan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Mongolia looking to switch from 3G to 2G Internet without any luck.
And what does Apple say about this?
Apple hasn’t officially responded to this 2G/3G problem. When questioned the Apple support team, they requested customers to talk to the carrier network. Only the carrier network can solve this problem and automatically switch your cellular data from 3G to 2G.
This, of course, depends on the data plan you have.
If you have paid for the 2G data plan, you will be charged separately for using 3G. Many carrier networks, in reality, do not switch from 3G to 2G on demand (you need to pay extra and your 2G mobile data will be unused).
The problem doesn’t end here. Having 3G activated in the background leads to two more major problems:
- Poor network/signal (No Network)
- Charged battery drains quickly
So what’s the ultimate solution to this big 3G bug? For now, if you prefer using 2G over 3G, you can downgrade iPhone from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 firmware. And if Apple stops signing iOS 7.1.2 firmware, you will never be able to downgrade to older firmwares again. The ultimate solution for this problem is in the hands of Apple.
Only they have the keys to include “Enable 3G” option in the next update. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know through your comments below.
Update x1: iOS 8.0.2 update still doesn’t fix this 2G problem.
Update x2: We are told the new iOS 8.1 supports 2G network. Remember to not update any primary device to iOS 8.1 yet, as it is in beta version.