How to Force 2G/3G/4G on Android 7.1.1 Nougat Device with Few Commands? Tutorial

In the current era of the communication technology, the great majority of the smartphones of today, especially the Android 7.1.1 Nougat, are applying the 4G technologies for the cellular network communication. In the counties or the regions which lack of latest state of the art technological advancement, the 3G cellular networks is also under usage or even the 2G cellular networks are also being applied. The provision of the 4G or 3G technologies depends upon the carrier provider as well. But, one thing is crystal clear; if you want the best performance from your Android 7.1.1 Nougat, what you need is the fastest 4G communication service.

So, you must understand that if you are in the region where 3G service and you have moved to the region where the 4G service is available, it is a good idea to convert your smartphone service, immediately, to 4G. In most of the smartphones, this service is changed, automatically, but, if your smartphone does not have the facility of automatic conversion, you may do it, manually, with only few commands. On the other hand, if your smartphone is using the higher carrier service network and the same is not available in your current region of smartphone usage, your smartphone may not work, satisfactorily. So, you must convert the service network of your smartphone to the most appropriate one to work with it, effectively.

If you are an expert user, you may just follow the command line and change the service network. But, if you are novel to the Android 7.1.1 Nougat, you may need to see the illustrated Tutorial.

Command Line: Home > Settings – More > Wireless & Network – Cellular networks > Mobile Network Settings – Preferred Network Types > Preferred Network Type – 4G / 3G / 2G.   


1. Tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, in the bottom right corner of the Home screen of your Android 7.1.1 Nougat device. This icon can be moved from here to any other place upon the Home screen but, currently, I have placed it here. It will open up the ‘Settings’ app screen.

2. At the ‘Settings’ app screen, tap the ‘More ….’ in the ‘Wireless & networks’ section to open up the ‘Wireless & networks’ settings interface of your Android smartphone.3.Tap the ‘Cellular networks’ in the ‘Wireless & networks’ section, to open up ‘Mobile network settings’ screen.

4. At the ‘Mobile networking settings’, see the default status of the ‘Referred network type’ is ‘3G’. If you want to change it, tap it to open up a prompt, ‘Preferred network type’.4. At the ‘Preferred network type’ the current status is 3G. If you want to change the cellular network settings, you may tap the desired one.

Note: As my network is currently, supporting maximum ‘3G’, ‘4G’ is not available upon the prompt. But, if your region and the carrier is supporting the ‘4G’ network, it will appear here as well and you may opt this change, accordingly.That’s all!

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How to force 3G/4G only on any Android 6.0 marshmallow device easily

If you are a regular user of cellular data connection then you might have noticed that weak 3G or 4G signals results in the downgrading of cellular network to lower band. If, you were using the 4G network and you move to a location where the 4G network signals are weak then your phone will automatically switch to the 3G which will give you decreased speeds.

But, if you are looking for a way to force 3G or 4G only to stop the downgrade of network then the simple trick mentioned below will surely help you without the need to install any third party app.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to force 3G/4G only on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device in seconds.


Note: The method below has been tested on stock Android 6.0 but, it might also work on other customized Android Marshmallow versions.

  • First of all, open up dialer app and type the following code:


  • The ‘Testing’ screen will open. Here tap ‘Phone information’.


  • Phone info’ screen will open. Here scroll down until you see the ‘Set preferred network type’ and select ‘LTE only’ or ‘WCDMA only’ depending on your requirements.

Tip: LTE means 4G while the WCDMA only means 3G.

Note: If you force 4G or 3G only and go to a location where the selected network type is not available then you might lose network signals which can result in the lack of connectivity. You won’t be able to use your phone for cellular activities like calls, SMS and data connection.


  • That’s all.

You may visit our Android 6.0 Marshmallow Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Android 6.0.

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How to force 3G/4G only on your Android 4.4 Kitkat device with few commands

There might be only fractions of Android devices in the market which doesn’t have the 3G connectivity and even modern devices support 4G connectivity. But, some of the devices face really annoying features while using the 3G or 4G network on the locations where network coverage in poor.

In case, the 3G or 4G signal strength is poor, Android 4.4 Kitkat will automatically revert to 2G from 3G and to 3G if you were trying to use 4G which gets really annoying and ends in consuming a lot of battery. Switching network modes drains battery since your phone has to search and connect to another frequency.

But, Android 4.4 has also got a feature to force only 3G or 4G mode on your Android device which means your phone won’t automatically switch to 3G or 2G when signal strength is not good. You will always stay with the network you choose.


If you are one of the people who want to force a particular network mode on your Android 4.4 devices then you are at right place.

Follow the instructions below to find out an easy way to force a network mode.


  • First of all, open up the phone dialer on your Kitkat phone.
  • Once in dialer, type the code below. Don’t worry, it’s a way to access the ‘testing’ option of your device which we will be using to force a particular mode.



  • Your ‘testing’ options will open.

Note: If the testing screen doesn’t appear that means your phone manufacturer has disabled testing options. Most Samsung phones don’t come with this option.


  • Here press ‘Phone information’.
  • Your Phone information screen will open. Here look for ‘Set preferred network type’.
  • Once found, open the drop down menu and select your desired network which you want to force e.g. ‘WCDMA only’ to force 3G and ‘LTE only’ to force 4G network.

Note: It is to be noted that you select the network which has good signal strength otherwise, you might lose complete network coverage if you go out of coverage area. Network will come back once you select the network mode which was selected before your switching. Going out of coverage area can result in complete dis-connectivity from your mobile network.


  • Once switched, you will start getting the network signals if it is available.
  • That’s all!

How to switch back to default?

If you want to switch back to default mode then, simply select ‘WCDMA preferred’ from the list and you will go to 2G/3G mode where your phone will connect to best network mode depending on strength.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Android.

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