How to stay on 2G, 3G or 4G on Windows Phone

You must have seen that bands on windows phone keep hopping between 2G, 3G or 4G in certain areas. While there is no straight forward option or setting to make the windows phone stay in 3G, 4G or 2G, it is not impossible. A possible scenario is a person who would like to stay in 3G even if let’s say 4G is available – probably because his carrier charges higher for 4G and he is satisfied with 3G speeds.

How to stay on 2G, 3G or 4G on Windows Phone

How to be 2G or Edge Only on windows phone

1. Dial ##3282 or ##3282#
2. Tap …
3. Then Select Supported Bands
4.  Then Check the following: (Or you may select only one on this bands)
1. GSM DCS 1800
2. E GSM 900
3. P GSM 900
4. GSM 850
5. GSM PCS 1900
Uncheck the following:
WCDMA Bands 900/1800/2100
4G/LTE Bands 900/1800/2100
5. Or if there is choice for 2G 3G 4G instead of selecting bands select 2G

How to remain in 3G on windows phone

1. Dial ##3282 or ##3282#
2. Tap …
3. Then Select Supported Bands
4. Then Check the following: (Or you may select only one on this bands)
1. B1-WCDMA 900
2. B8-WCDMA E/J 2100 or
3. WCDMA 1800

Uncheck The following:
1. GSM DCS 1800
2. E GSM 900
3. P GSM 900
4. GSM 850
5. GSM PCS 1900
6. LTE BANDS 700/800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600

5. Or if there is choice for 2G 3G 4G instead of selecting bands select 3G

How to force your windows phone in 4G / LTE

1. Dial ##3282 or ##3282#
2. Tap …
3. Then Select Supported Bands
4. Then Check the following: (Or you may select only one on this bands)
1. LTE 800/850/900/1700
2. LTE 1800/1900/2100/2600

Uncheck The Following:
1. GSM DCS 1800
2. E GSM 900
3. P GSM 900
4. GSM 850
5. GSM PCS 1900
6. B1-WCDMA 900
7. B8-WCDMA E/J 2100 or
8. WCDMA 1800
5. Or if there is choice for 2G 3G 4G instead of selecting bands select 4G

4G is not only present in top windows phone like Lumia 930 and 1520 but also in cheap windows 10 mobile phone like Lumia 638 and 625. However as I said earlier, users want flexibility and option to force their phone to stay 3G-only and 4G-only.


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