US carriers started rolling out 5G coverage a couple of years ago and the work still continues to make the latest cellular standard available to more customers. Follow along below for a few easy ways to answer the question, where is 5G available for iPhone in the US?
Apple introduced support for 5G with its iPhone 12 lineup in 2020 and expanded on that with the iPhone 13. And of course, there is a wide range of Android smartphones that work with 5G.
But on iPhone, between WiFi and the default 5G Auto setting which can revert to 4G coverage, the 5G status icon might not show up on your iPhone, especially at home or work. But below we’ve got a couple of ways to check where 5G is available for iPhone.
Where is 5G available for iPhone?
Check for 5G where you’re currently at
- Make sure you have an iPhone 12 or 13 (including mini, Pro, or Pro Max)
- You can double check if you’re not sure by heading to Settings > General > About > Model Name
If you want to check if you have 5G service where you’re at right now, the easiest option is:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone
- Choose Cellular at the top
- Tap Cellular Data Options (or choose your line if you have more than one)
- Choose Voice & Data
- Pick 5G On
- Make sure WiFi is off (Control Center > toggle off the WiFi icon or Settings > Wi-Fi > turn the toggle off)
- If 5G is availble with your carrier in your area, you’ll see 5G appear in the top right corner of your iPhone
Check for 5G somewhere else
If you want to know if 5G is available somewhere else:
- Check out the 5G coverage map for your carrier
- Call your carrier and ask
- Another useful option to get real-world data on 5G coverage is to use a third-party app like Opensignal
Keep in mind the types of 5G coverage vary from low and mid-band 5G (greater availability but lower speeds) to mmWave (less availability but much faster speeds).
5G is usually faster than 4G, but it’s not always a guarantee. And the type of 5G will depend on what your carrier has available in any given area.
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