iOS 5.1 brings back the “Enable 3G” switch for some

By , Mar 9, 2012

When Apple removed the “Enable 3G” switch in iOS 5, the decision was universally met with confusion, even anger by those of us that used it to save battery life in areas where 3G was flaky. By removing the option to disable it, Apple caused us all a headache we could do without.

Now, with iOS 5.1, Apple has reinstated the option quietly, once again giving us iPhone owners a little control over the speed at which our handsets connect to the internet. It may not seem like much, but this little switch is a big deal to many.

It’s perhaps fitting that Apple has brought a power saving feature back in a release of iOS which is meant to increase battery life in the power-hungry iPhone 4S, too…

The biggest question on our lips though doesn’t revolve around power usage, but rather Apple’s choice of wording. If the iPhone 4S is now supposedly a 4G device thanks to its use of AT&T’s network, should that switch not enable and disable the aforementioned extra “G?” Perhaps we need two switches to give the option of faux-4G, 3G and EDGE.

Of course we’re being a little pedantic here, but still, it’s an interesting thought nonetheless.

UPDATE: This seems to be carrier specific. Not all carriers (ie AT&T) will allow that, as explained by MacWorld:

That reinstated toggle, however, only appears for customers using 3G networks with their iPhones—and it doesn’t appear at all for AT&T customers using the 4G label-sporting iPhone 4S. As it stands now, if your phone newly reports itself as using a 4G network, you don’t get a switch to turn on and off 3G (or 4G) access; you only get the standard Cellular Data switch.

[Pocket-Lint]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TailsThePrower Zach Bennett

    I’m not seeing the switch on my 4S. Settings – General – Network. Nothing there. I thought the 4S didn’t have that switch since the 4S has the new chipsets for Qualcomm inside them.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a app in the cydia store that will enable edge ?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/alexjdz Alex Diaz

      SBSettings.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMEMEU2KQUW6K5QY7PMTF2XV3M Donald Davis

        thats not true.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/alexjdz Alex Diaz

        If you turn off WiFi and 3G with SBSettings, EDGE will turn on.

  • David Villamizar

    anybody got the facial detection in the iphone 4? I updated, but it doesnt work, maybe just 4S?

  • Dan

    never noticed it was gone, but I always use sbsettings

  • http://twitter.com/DHW2 Dave Weinstock

    Does the 4G icon in iOS 5.1 entirely replace the 3G status bar icon? Or does the OS distinguish between the two? (displaying the 3G icon for HSPA and 4G for HSPA+)

    • Anonymous

      Good question, I was wondering the samething.

      • Anonymous

        Neither. The iPhone 4S does nor support the LTE 4G network. It’s just there. Literally for no reason. The LTE network antenna has to be built into the phone. I think it just switches to 4G when the 3G network connection is strong.

      • Anonymous

        Neither. The iPhone 4S does nor support the LTE 4G network. It’s just there. Literally for no reason. The LTE network antenna has to be built into the phone. I think it just switches to 4G when the 3G network connection is strong.

  • Ramiro Correa

    This also had been very upsetting to people with a factory unlocked un-jailbroken iPhone 4S whom were using it on T-Mobile. Apparently MMS would not work properly without that 3G toggle; even after editing MMS network settings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122495675 Ali Aledany

    wtf my 3g switch has always been with me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wieslaw-Zajac/100003347437864 Wieslaw Zajac

    I realy missed that switch. Now it’s back and I have this problem… I turn off 3g and after a while i look on my home screen and it’s back on. Does anybody have the same issue?

  • http://twitter.com/MattGregg97 Matt

    I always had my 3G switch

  • http://twitter.com/NickChernyshev Nick Chernyshev

    Yeah the enable 3G back and as I don’t use 3G its unuseful for me,but when you reboot your phone it switch to on and you need to go to settings and switch it off.its not hard but it’s annoying,sometimes you just forget to do this and battery drains with a light speed :)and for me the ringtones sounds a bit quiet than on 5.0.1

  • http://twitter.com/t0lja t0lja

    This crys for a jailbreak tweak ;)