After the update to iOS8, the switch to disable the 3G has been replaced by a disable 4G switch.

4G is already off but how could I also disable also 3G (which is still active, as shown on the status bar)


Settings->Cellular->Voice&Data: choose 2G

  • Since the full switching was re-introduced in [I think] iOS 8.3, yes. – Tetsujin Jun 20 '15 at 9:02

You can only really turn off "all" mobile data, so there's no falling back on good old GPRS...

If you go to:

Settings -> Mobile -> Mobile Data (and 4G if you want that off too).

"Mobile Data" is the old "3G" switch, I guess. I suppose apple assume that the entire world is 3G ready xD

It will disable all data via mobile (not wifi etc..)...

  • Apple does not assume. It's handled by the carriers. – Jash Jacob Nov 1 '14 at 7:22
  • I meant apple in general :).. pedantics though.. – Adrian Sluyters Nov 1 '14 at 7:27
  • Just to clarify. What I meant is that the newer versions of IOS don't make any utterance of GPRS any more. It's ac case go 3G or no mobile internet :D – Adrian Sluyters Nov 1 '14 at 7:39
  • My phone will auto-drop to GPRS, or Edge, if I can't get 3G or 4G. Worst cases it shows no 'type' at all. – Tetsujin Jun 20 '15 at 9:03

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