My Note 4 running 5.0.1 will often connect to 4G rather than 4G LTE when both are available. When this happens I can turn airplane mode on and off it will then reconnect to 4G LTE, sometimes with 5 bars.

How can I either make it:

  • Only connect to 4G LTE
  • Never connect to 4G
  • Only connect to 4G LTE when both are available
  • Strongly prefer the 4g LTE connection over the 4G even when LTE has less bars

One or any combination of the above points would be great. I have an unlimited data plan and I think AT&T likes to slow me down because of it. Any ideas?

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    See this answer. You'll see some network modes. Choose the one suitable to your needs.
    – Firelord
    Jun 5, 2015 at 17:48
  • Thanks for the suggestion Firelord, I think this may have worked - I selected LTE Only as preferred network type - will let you guys if this works.
    – Rob m
    Jun 8, 2015 at 14:38
  • Unfortunately, the best I knew was to see available network modes in that "Phone Information". Could you post screenshots of available network modes there? I need to see something.
    – Firelord
    Jun 8, 2015 at 14:41
  • I did it wrong the first time facepalm I think this worked now...
    – Rob m
    Jun 8, 2015 at 14:42
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    Congrats then! Could you post it as an answer so that others may benefit from it in future?
    – Firelord
    Jun 8, 2015 at 14:43

3 Answers 3


It seems that this answer (by Void) worked well for OP. You can setup your device to connect to "4G LTE" only by using the following steps:

  1. In dialer, press *#*#4636#*#*
  2. Go to Phone Information
  3. Scroll down to Set preferred network type: and tap the entry below it.
  4. Choose LTE only.
  5. Optionally: Tap Turn off radioTurn on radio


If you cannot access that menu using the code in dialer, then install and launch Elixir 2information → tap TelephonyTurn WiMAX (4G) on → repeat aforesaid steps 3-5.

An important note by OP

This disabled my incoming calls and they were going straight to voicemail. Not sure if this is a [New York City (high volume - stressed network)] thing or if voice just generally never goes over LTE but [I] had to switch it back.

  • You may choose any other network type as well if your needs differ from OP.
    – Firelord
    Jun 11, 2015 at 6:55
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    Worked fine to me
    – insign
    Mar 14, 2017 at 23:39

You can use Force 4G LTE Switch app.

It allows to force 4G/3G/2G and also provides "network operators" search shortcut.


Simply use the app "4g lte only switch- speed test" app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplistic.forcelte

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    Oct 29, 2016 at 19:46

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