While Android users have been enjoying 5G on their compatible devices for some time now, Apple has finally, Joined the party By bringing 5G support to iPhone SE 2022, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series. iPhone users living in a 5G-enabled city can finally get Jio and Airtel 5G services by updating to the latest iOS 16.2 firmware and enabling 5G network. If you are wondering how to do it, don’t worry as in this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step procedure on how to update to iOS 16.2 and use 5G on your iPhone.
How to Activate 5G on iPhones
For this, you need an iPhone 12 or later and update the software to iOS 16.2, which provides 5G support and enables Airtel and Jio 5G services on eligible mobile numbers. Below is an easy step-by-step guide on how you can update and install iOS 16.2 on your iPhone to get 5G settings.
- First, open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone
- Next, tap on the ‘General’ option
- From here select ‘Software Update’ option
- On the next screen, you will be presented with the iOS 16.2 update. Just press ‘Download & Install’
- Finally, tap on ‘Install’ to complete the installation
To update your iPhone to iOS 16.2, make sure it is at least 80 percent charged.
Steps to enable 5G on your iPhone
After your iPhone reboots with the freshly installed iOS 16.2 update, here’s how to enable 5G.
- Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone
- From here go to the ‘Cellular’ settings menu
- Now select ‘Cellular Data Options’
- Under ‘Voice & Data’ settings, select ‘5G Auto’ or ‘5G On’ option
- After the iPhone catches the 5G signals you will see a ‘5G’ symbol in the status bar in the next few minutes
5G compatible iPhones
Here is the list of 5G compatible iPhones in India:
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 2022
Jio, Airtel 5G plans and speed
Jio and Airtel are yet to announce their respective 5G plans in India. Currently, subscribers can continue to use their existing 4G recharge plans on iPhones, in this case, to experience 5G on their compatible smartphones. Airtel users can start using 5G immediately if they are in a 5G-enabled city, while Jio users first need to enroll in the welcome offer and register their mobile number for Rs. 239 or above should be recharged with recharge plans. The welcome offer can be applied for through the MyJio app.
As for the 5G speed, Airtel promises that it will offer 20 to 30 times faster speed than its 4G network. Jio, in contrast, claims 1Gbps+ download speed on its newly built standalone 5G network.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I not getting a 5G signal?
If you are in a city where 5G is available but you are not getting 5G signals, your telecom operators like Jio, Airtel or Vi are unlikely to roll out 5G services in your area or region yet. Try moving to other areas where 5G is live.
How to check if 5G service is available in your region/area?
If you are an Airtel user, download the Airtel Thanks app. There is an app option ‘Check if your phone is 5G enabled’. Click on it to know the availability of Airtel 5G services in your area.
Otherwise, Airtel and Jio users can download the SpeedTest app via Ookla on their mobile phones. The app has a ‘map’ feature that tells you where 5G services are currently available.
Which cities have 5G services?
Airtel has launched its 5G Plus services in select cities including Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur, Varanasi, Guwahati, Patna and Pune. On the other hand, Jio True 5G has started rolling out in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Varanasi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Gujarat, Pune and Nathdwara in Rajasthan.
As for Vi, the telco is yet to roll out its 5G services in the country.