iPhone Disable LTE Voice?

judino28

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I used to be able to choose to either disable LTE voice & data or voice only. This option seems to be missing in iOS 13. I prefer only using LTE data. Yes, I realize the quality of LTE voice is better, and I can adjust, but would like the option to toggle besides just totally having LTE on or off.

I’m on an iPhone 6s with AT&T. Any info is greatly appreciated!
 

NoBoMac

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Generally, carrier settings control this. Might have got a carrier setting update when updated that removed the setting(s).

Also on ATT, and to be honest, seem to recall that that option has been gone for a while now.
 

judino28

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Thanks for the replies! I know that I just had this setting a few weeks ago as I had to toggle LTE off completely for a period of time and remember having the option for Voice & Data or Data only. Now, when I go to settings I'm simply presented with settings>cellular>cellular data options>Enable LTE (a simple on/off toggle). The only other options on that screen are Data Roaming (on/off) and Low Data More (on/off).
 

Diamond Dog

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Thanks for the replies! I know that I just had this setting a few weeks ago as I had to toggle LTE off completely for a period of time and remember having the option for Voice & Data or Data only. Now, when I go to settings I'm simply presented with settings>cellular>cellular data options>Enable LTE (a simple on/off toggle). The only other options on that screen are Data Roaming (on/off) and Low Data More (on/off).
Seeing the same thing here on AT&T. Always had the option before.
 

MrRedfield

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Jul 8, 2019
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I am actually having the same problem. However. when the voice goes over LTE, the other person can't hear me very well at all. So I had to leave it in "data only".
Sadly this new update has taken it away.

Has anyone figured out the solution?

iPhone 7 (AT&T)
 

njcyx6649250

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I have exact same problem. Maybe att will "correct" this mistake sooner or later, but I still try to find an easy way to quickly turn on/off LTE. Now I have to open settings, go to cellular, go to that att line, then turn off LTE. It is very inconvenient. I tried to find/create a shortcut for this purpose, but there is no such option...
 

njcyx6649250

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Sep 18, 2016
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Someone in att forum posted a "solution". You can try to see if it works


Settings> Cellular> Cellular Data Options> Enable LTE - ON
Settings> Cellular> Cellular Data Options - scroll down to the Phone App and Disable Cellular Data for Phone

I tried it, and it seems I can still make call. But the symbol on the right top corner still shows "5GE".

Maybe it will disable visual voicemail function...
 

MrRedfield

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Sadly, Disabling the Phone app to use Cellular Data didn't work for me.
If At&t doesn't fix this then the wife and I are going to have to switch back to Verizon. Sucks because my bill is $50 less with At&t.

Wonder if it is possible to modify the carrier file without jailbreaking. (I personally don't jailbreak).
 

njcyx6649250

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Sep 18, 2016
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Ok, I found a solution.

I contacted Att technical support, and asked them to place a block for hd calls for my line. Then no more volte!!

I contacted att by online chat. Someone in att forum called them instead. Both worked.
 

SoYoung

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I never saw a difference in sound quality with VoLTE over 3G calls...The only difference I saw was a quicker connection when calling a physical line.
 

Pande

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I never saw a difference in sound quality with VoLTE over 3G calls...The only difference I saw was a quicker connection when calling a physical line.
it just means that you cant be using 4G internet whilst on an active phone call e.g browsing the internet whilst on an active call.
 

SoYoung

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it just means that you cant be using 4G internet whilst on an active phone call e.g browsing the internet whilst on an active call.
Yeah, its the only advantage I see with this feature but for the rare moments I'm on the phone, I rarely browse the web at the same time.