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Use 5G with iPhone

The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max work with the 5G cellular networks of certain cellular providers. Here's how to use 5G cellular service.


If your iPhone came with a SIM card, use that SIM card. Otherwise, use the SIM card from your previous iPhone. In some cases, you'll need to contact your wireless service provider to set up the SIM card from your previous iPhone for use on a 5G network.

Meaning of the 5G symbols in the status bar

If you are in an area with 5G coverage by your cellular provider and your 5G cellular plan has been activated, you will see a 5G icon in the status bar of your iPhone:

Your carrier's 5G network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet.2 Not available everywhere.

The higher-frequency 5G version from your mobile operator is available, or your iPhone has an active connection over this network. Not available everywhere.2

The higher-frequency 5G version from your mobile operator is available, or your iPhone has an active connection over this network. Not available everywhere.2

Information about the 5G options

The default settings for 5G on iPhone are optimized for battery life and data usage based on your data plan. You can customize these options and specify when to use 5G and how much data to use in some apps.

You can find these options under "Settings"> "Mobile Network"> "Data Options". If you're using dual SIM, go to Settings> Cellular, then choose the number whose options you want to change.

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Choose how the iPhone uses the 5G network. Use can affect battery life.

  • 5G Auto: Activates Smart Data mode. If 5G speeds don't result in any noticeably better performance, the iPhone will automatically switch to LTE, thereby extending battery life.
  • 5G On: Always uses the 5G network when it is available. This can shorten battery life.
  • LTE: Only uses the LTE network, even if 5G is available.

Data mode

  • Allow more data in 5G: Enables functions with higher data usage for apps and system tasks. These include higher quality FaceTime, HD content on Apple TV, Apple Music tracks and videos, and iOS updates over the cellular connection. This setting also allows third-party apps to use more mobile data for an improved experience. This is the default setting for some unlimited data plans that are dependent on the wireless service provider. With this setting, more mobile data is used.
  • Standard: Allows automatic updates and background tasks when using cellular networks and uses standard quality settings for video and FaceTime. This is generally the default mode.
  • Data Saving Mode: Helps reduce the use of WiFi and cellular data by pausing automatic updates and background tasks.

Data roaming

Many cellular operators around the world support 5G roaming. If your mobile operator does not support 5G roaming, you can use mobile data over 4G or LTE networks or purchase a local SIM card or eSIM with 5G, if this option is available.

Contact your mobile operator for more information.

If you don't see 5G in the status bar

  1. Make sure you are in an area with 5G coverage. Contact your carrier if you're not sure.
  2. Go to Settings> Mobile Network> Data Options. If you can see this screen, the device is 5G enabled. If you don't see this screen, contact your carrier and make sure your plan is 5G.
  3. Turn on airplane mode, then turn it off.

If 5G is still not available, contact your wireless service provider.

additional Information

  • If you want to use 5G with dual SIM with an iPhone 12 model, make sure you have iOS 14.5 or later.
  • You can choose to always stream the highest quality content. To do this, go to Settings> Music> Cellular Data, then turn on High Quality Streaming, then tap High Quality under Settings> TV> Mobile Network. These settings use more mobile data and the content may take longer to play.
  • When you activate the power saving mode, 5G is deactivated, except during video streaming. The power saving mode also deactivates "5G standalone" (where applicable).

1. Contact your wireless service provider to find out if you have a 5G plan. Some wireless service providers may charge an activation fee.

2. Higher frequency 5G networks are only supported in the US when using an iPhone purchased in the US.

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