Jio, Airtel 5G on iPhone: How to Activate, Supported Models, Network Speed and More

5G is no longer a thing of the future. Most Tier I or Tier II cities in India now have 5G connectivity or are on the verge of getting it in the next few days. In India currently, Airtel and Jio are the two players providing 5G networks. Despite 5G being available in India, iPhone users were not able to experience it as Apple had not rolled out the update for it. However, things are now in order, and the Cupertino giant has released iOS 16.2 stable update for iPhones which will enable the 5G networks on iPhones.

This means that the iPhone 12-series, iPhone 13-series, iPhone 14-series, and iPhone SE 2022 users will now get 5G networks in India. In this article, we will shed light on how you can activate 5G on your iPhone.

How to activate 5G on iPhone

If you are an iPhone user, you will have to ensure that your device runs on iOS version 16.2 or later. In order to check the update’s availability go to Settings> General > Software update. Once the OS is updated, you will have to manually enable the 5G on your iPhone. Here’s how to enable Airtel and Jio 5G on iPhones.

How to activate Jio 5G on iPhone

In order to enable Jio 5G on iPhone, follow the steps mentioned below:

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  1. First of all, open the settings on your iPhone and head over to mobile data
  2. Now select the voice and data option
  3. Now enable 5G AUTO and 5G standalone by tapping on the toggle
  4. It’s done! You have successfully enabled Jio 5G on your iPhone

How to activate Airtel 5G on iPhone

Here are the steps to enable Airtel 5G on iPhone:

  1. Open the iPhone settings
  2. Scroll down and select Mobile data
  3. Now select the voice and data option
  4. Now enable 5G by tapping on the toggle
  5. Once done, the status bar will automatically indicate the 5G network

5G supported iPhone models

Jio, Airtel 5G plans and speed

Currently, neither Jio nor Airtel is offering dedicated 5G plans, and the 5G service is free. The companies will announce dedicated 5G plans with prices once the network is available for mass adoption.

Moreover, contrary to common perception, the prices of the 5G tariff would be affordable. According to reports, the cost will be cheaper for the time being, and the companies may raise the prices as adoption grows.

5G network speed: Airtel, Jio

Here’s the speed test report from Ookla a mobile and network testing organization based in the United States.

City Jio Airtel
Delhi 598.58 Mbps 197.98 Mbps
Mumbai 515.38 Mbps 271.07 Mbps
Kolkata 482.02 Mbps 33.83 Mbps
Varansi 485.22 Mbps 516.57 Mbps

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1. How do I activate 5G on my iPhone?

If you’re running iOS 16.2, go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Voice and Data or Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Voice and Data and enable 5G on your iPhone.

2. Does the iPhone 11 support 5G?

No, the iPhone 11 does not support the 5G network. In order to enjoy 5G on your iPhone, you will need iPhone 12 or later models.

3. How can I tell if my iPhone has 5G?

In order to check whether your iPhone has 5G or not, head over to settings > Cellular Data Options > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options. If you see this screen, your iPhone has 5G.

4. Why is 5G not showing up on my iPhone?

If the 5G icon is not showing on your iPhone, head to settings > Cellular Data Options > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options. If you see this screen, you have an active 5G connection. If you don’t see this screen, contact your network provider to verify whether 5G is available in your area.

5. How to check if your area/ locality has 5G service?

The easiest way to check whether your area/ locality has 5G service is by enabling 5G on your iPhone. If the 5G icon appears on your status bar, then it’s not only available but activated on your device. Besides, Airtel ThanksApp will also tell you whether your current location has 5G or not.