1. MrMars's Avatar
    I recently had a Apple store employee tell me it's best to leave LTE off unless your downloading large files. Any opinions...does everyone feel the same?

    Thank you.
    10-01-2013 01:17 PM
  2. SaberSerene's Avatar
    Oh really? Lol haha man anything below LTE wastes your battery away.

    LTE is battery friendly on the 5/ 5S
    10-01-2013 01:20 PM
  3. BLiNK's Avatar
    i just use my phone as it was intended

    don't want to micro manage that too
    10-01-2013 01:20 PM
  4. MrMars's Avatar
    Oh really? Lol haha man anything below LTE wastes your battery away.

    LTE is battery friendly on the 5/ 5S
    I was a little surprised. He claimed it would also save battery power.
    10-01-2013 01:22 PM
  5. SaberSerene's Avatar
    I was a little surprised. He claimed it would also save battery power.
    Toggling off LTE brings you to HSPA+ or 3G. That technology isn't battery friendly.
    10-01-2013 01:23 PM
  6. kch50428's Avatar
    The only reason to turn off LTE is if you are in an area where there is no LTE service, or - you're in a fringe area... but if you're in good coverage - that advice is poppycock.
    gordol likes this.
    10-01-2013 01:24 PM
  7. MrMars's Avatar
    The only reason to turn off LTE is if you are in an area where there is no LTE service, or - you're in a fringe area... but if you're in good coverage - that advice is poppycock.
    Thanks. I was just wondering what the iMore masses thought. I'm turning it back on.
    10-01-2013 01:25 PM
  8. Duvi's Avatar
    Thanks. I was just wondering what the iMore masses thought. I'm turning it back on.
    If you have 4-5 bars of LTE, then it uses less battery. If less and if you device is searching for better service, then it will use more battery than HSPA+/3G.
    10-01-2013 01:35 PM
  9. jclisenby's Avatar
    It'll save battery because you won't have that additional radio connected or searching for signal. I wouldn't recommend turning it off though. Going from 25+ Mbps to less than 5 will definitely show when web browsing.


    Tappin and Talkin from my iPhone 5
    MrMars likes this.
    10-01-2013 09:27 PM
  10. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    I recently had a Apple store employee tell me it's best to leave LTE off unless your downloading large files. Any opinions...does everyone feel the same?

    Thank you.
    It's recommended to switch off LTE to save battery and to avoid going over your data plan. It's up to you weather you wanna take the advice.
    10-02-2013 02:19 AM
  11. Eileen89's Avatar
    There really is no need to turn LTE off unless you're in an area that doesn't have a very good LTE signal, or you have no LTE available at all. Otherwi8se, I would say it is perfectly fine to leave it on. I always leave LTE on on my iPhone 5 and now 5S. Both iPhones continue to have great battery life even with LTE always on.
    10-02-2013 05:04 AM
  12. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    I leave mine on all the time. It never even occurred to me to turn it off.
    MrMars likes this.
    10-02-2013 06:21 AM
  13. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I leave mine on all the time as well. Usually have at least three "dots" though unless deep inside a building.
    10-02-2013 07:32 AM
  14. sting7k's Avatar
    I recently had a Apple store employee tell me it's best to leave LTE off unless your downloading large files. Any opinions...does everyone feel the same?

    Thank you.
    I leave it off. AT&T's HSPA+ is plenty fast in my area and I get noticeably better battery life using that instead of LTE. There is no LTE in my home city at this time.
    10-02-2013 08:28 AM
  15. John Yester's Avatar
    I have not seen a difference on or off... But as others mentioned, if signal is week, 4G or 3G the battery will go fast...
    10-02-2013 08:28 AM
  16. Massie's Avatar
    If you have good coveragewhich is different than just having coverage in generalshould actually help provide for better battery life. So IF you have good coverage I'd leave it on.
    10-02-2013 08:33 AM
  17. vic236's Avatar
    Great forum, I checked this bcs I wanted to do what was right. But it seems a fight between saving your battery life on the bases of you manually turning on/off LTE depending on your signal strength. REALLY!! in today's technology you would think Apple, Samsung and all the rest would have this sorted. I am a user I don't give a ......, my time is worth more.
    I assess the phone and it's performance to my use and needs, and when it fails I throw it out do not buy it again. And then give it a bad rep on forums, see simple.
    Then everyone else can either chose to buy it based on it faults to not deliver or choose to buy something else.
    04-14-2015 09:22 PM

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