How to Use 5G with your iPad
Apple’s newest iPad Pro generations are now fully equipped for the next generation of wireless networks with 5G capability. Apple’s support page, titled “Use 5G with your iPad,” explains how to manage their data connection on the new iPad Pro models. Let’s take a look at what this new technology means and how you can optimize the settings for yourself! The only iPads that support 5G are the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Gen) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd Gen).
Change how your iPad uses the 5G Network.
- 5G Auto: Enables Smart Data mode. This mode will switch from 5G to LTE when the speed doesn’t provide noticeable improvements. LTE used less battery power in comparison to 5G.
- 5G On: This setting always uses a 5G network when it’s available. This mode can reduce battery life.
- LTE: This setting uses only the LTE network, even when a 5G connection is available. This setting can improve battery life.
Change how your iPad uses Data.
- Allow More Data on 5G: Allow More Data on 5G: Allows for higher data-usage features, such as high definition content streaming and FaceTime video. This setting also allows third-party apps to use more cellular data which can enhance your experience with the app. Keep in mind that this may cause you to consume a lot of battery life.
- Standard: This setting permits automatic updates and background tasks on cellular. You won’t use high-definition content streaming with this setting, including Facetime. This is the default data mode setting.
- Low Data Mode: This setting reduces Wi-Fi and cellular data usage by stopping automatic updates and background tasks.
If you do not see 5G in the status bar, make sure that you’re in an area with coverage. If need be, contact your carrier to find out if they support it or not. Follow the steps below to determine if you have a 5G service or get your 5G service working again.
1. Open Settings > Celular > Cellular Data Option If the screen depicted below isn’t shown, contact your service provider to determine if they support 5G.
2. Toggle Airplane mode on and off. If you still don’t see 5G in the status bar, contact your service provider.
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