5G on iPhone: Ways to enable 5G on iPhone models like SE, 12, 13, and 14 series

November 6, 2023 | By Arnab Ghosh
5G on iPhone

Android users in India are now enjoying high-speed 5G services on their devices. Apple also has introduced support for 5G in its devices. iPhone models can receive 5G networks in select cities though not all models are eligible. If you have the latest iPhone models or those in the iPhone 12 and SE lineup, you will get it. If you are unsure about ways to enable 5G service on your iPhone, we will show you how!

Way to enable 5G on iPhones

You can buy Apple iPhone 12 and later versions to get 5G network coverage in India nowadays. It will also be necessary to update the device to iOS 16.2 to get 5G coverage by telecom operators like Jio and Airtel.

iOS 16.2 update process

  • Run the ‘Settings’ app on the iPhone 5G device.

  • Select ‘General’> ‘Software Update’ option.

  • You get the option to choose iOS 16.2 update.

  • Tap on ‘Download & Install’.

  • Tap on ‘Install’.

Ensure the device battery is at least 80% charged when you download the update.

Way to enable 5G on an iPhone

After installing iOS 16.2 update on your apple iPhone 5G, here is what you have to do.

  • Run the ‘Settings’ app.

  • Select ‘Cellular’> ‘Cellular Data Options’.

  • Choose ‘Voice & Data’> ‘5G Auto’.

  • As the 5G compatible iphones catch 5G signals, a symbol will appear in the status bar.

What are the 5G compatible iPhones? 

Here are 5G compatible iPhones in India: 

  • iPhone 15 series
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2022
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

5G plans and speed of Jio, Airtel networks

Jio and Airtel offer 5G networks in selected areas in India but they have not unveiled 5G plans yet. Now, they are offering 5G to users on their existing 4G pack plans. Jio users can use the MyJio app to enable 5G. Airtel users can start accessing the service normally.

As for the 5G network speed, Jio claims up to 1Gbps+ download speed and Airtel says users will get 20 to 30 times of 4G network speed.

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Why don’t I get 5G signal?

It may be so that your telecom operator is yet to launch 5G services in the region and so you can check for availability in nearby places.

How do I know if my area has 5G service coverage?

Airtel users can use the Airtel Thanks app and in it they can see an option labeled ‘Check if your phone is 5G enabled’. Just click on it to know 5G service status in the area. Or else, Airtel and Jio users may use Ookla SpeedTest app on their devices. Its map feature lets them check about 5G service availability.

So, what cities do have 5G service coverage?

Airtel has unveiled its 5G Plus services in cities like Pune, Guwahati, Patna, Nagpur, Varanasi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai etc.

Jio True 5G is now available in cities like Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune etc. Vi is yet to roll out its 5G services in India.