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Finally, iOS 8.1 Beta Brings Back 2G Data Network

Last updated: October 1, 2014 at 4:36 am

Apple removed 2G/3G toggle switch from iOS 8, leaving iPhones & iPad users disappointed and frustrated. Now, let’s thank our fortune, as we Apple users now have the power to choose the data network we desire.

The new iOS 8.1 update (which is in beta) allows you to switch between 2G/3G/4G network through its Cellular menu available under Settings. There is no OFF and ON switch, but a list of options to select from.

Tereko left a comment on our post explaining that a secret menu allows you to switch from 3G to 2G Internet with iOS 8.1. Through several email conversations, we received the instructions and a picture proving that yes, finally, it is possible to connect to the Internet over 2G, 3G, or 4G.

How to Enable or Disable 2G/3G in iOS 8

Note that you can enable 2G only if your carrier network supports it.

Follow these steps to turn ON 2G:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Cellular
  • Select Voice & Data
  • Choose 2G (or 3G or 4G)
Selecting the preferred data/cellular network in iOS 8: 4G, 3G, and 2G

So there you have it – 2G/3G toggling option for your iOS devices!

And what are the benefits of choosing 2G/EDGE/GPRS network? It’s cheap, vastly used, and in some ways better than 3G/4G as it saves battery from draining quickly.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Neem


    Indeed, finally, they heard us.

    Can’t get beta on devices, so I will wait for stable 8.1. Awesome news!

  • Punjab Puttar

    I would like to thank Narendra Modi. His visit to USA is the reason Apple bought back 2G. 😀

  • DUDE

    Have iPhone 5s… do I download ios 8.1?? It is safe to get it on my phone right?

    • MD

      You can’t download it right now, it’s not been released to the public yet.
      You should be able to, using OTA update or iTunes, after October 20.

  • Apple

    damnit apple, this was the single reason that made me go from iphone to android. Will not do it now. we surely have connection.

    forever apple <3

  • AAlhadi

    I don’t find it

  • Caio Oliva

    It isn’t in my iPhone 6 on iOS 8.1. Damn !

  • Dexter

    Still waiting… I only updated for this one simple thing… Now I can’t
    play GBA4iOS AND I don’t have this promised option… Way to go

  • Apple fan

    Not on my iPhone 5

  • Abdulrahman

    I tried to explain this to my mobile carrier but the people there don’t understand.They say this cant be done, another employee said you have to take it to a shop to do this for you:(.

  • yossi

    Does this help delay throttling? For example, if I have only 1 GB hi speed data, will turning off 4G save the 4G for later?