5G on iPhone: How to activate 5G on your iPhone SE, 12, 13, and 14 series in India

5G for iPhones is finally here

While Android users have been enjoying 5G on their compatible devices for quite some time now, Apple has, at last, joined the party by bringing 5G support to the likes of iPhone SE 2022, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14 series. iPhone users residing in a 5G-enabled city can finally get their hands on Jio and Airtel 5G services by enrolling in the iOS 16 beta program and enabling the 5G network thereon. If you’re wondering how to do that, fret not as in this article, we’ll be guiding you through the step-by-step procedure on how to get yourself registered in the beta program and use 5G on your iPhone. 

How to activate 5G on iPhones

For this, you will need an iPhone 12 or later device. Apart from that, users have to be part of the iOS beta program, at least for now, to use Airtel 5G and Jio 5G services on their devices. Apple has currently rolled out iOS 16.2, which brings 5G to iPhones, as part of their beta program. Below is an easy guide on how to can enrol in the iOS 16.2 beta program, but before we get to that, you should know this is a beta update and might have bugs. We would recommend not downloading the iOS 16.2 beta update on your primary iPhone.

By enrolling in the iOS 16 Beta Program

For the time being, in order to activate and use 5G on compatible iPhones, users are required to enrol themselves in the iOS 16 beta program. Enrolled members can provide feedback directly to Apple regarding the issues and problems they may face with the software or in this case, the 5G network. Here’s how you can enrol yourself on the iOS 16 beta program:

  • The most important prerequisite to enrol in the beta program is to have a valid Apple ID, which can be created from here if you don’t have one.
  • Next, ensure you’ve logged in with your Apple ID on your iPhone
  • To sign up for the program, head over to Apple’s Beta Software Program page here
  • Now select ‘sign up’ and enter your Apple ID on the next screen
  • From here select the iPhone you want to receive the beta software on
  • After that, grab your iPhone and go to beta.apple.com/profile

  • Download and install the configuration profile
  • To enable the profile, go to the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone and select ‘General’
  • From here go to ‘VPN and Device Management’ and select the iOS 16 beta profile
  • Lastly, to download the beta update go to the ‘Software Update’ section

Steps to enable 5G on your iPhone

Once your iPhone is rebooted with the freshly installed iOS 16 beta update, here’s how to enable 5G.

Activate 5G on an iPhone
  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone
  • From here go to ‘Cellular’ settings menu
  • Now select ‘Cellular Data Options’
  • Under the ‘Voice & Data’ settings, either select ‘5G Auto’ or ‘5G On’ option
  • Once the iPhone catches 5G signals you should see a ‘5G’ symbol on the status bar in the next few minutes

5G compatible iPhones

Here’s a list of iPhones that are 5G compatible 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


Why am I not getting 5G signal?

If you’re not getting 5G signals despite being present in a city where 5G is rolled out, it may be possible that your telecom operator, such as Jio, Airtel or Vi, is yet to roll out 5G services in your area or locality. Try moving around to other areas where 5G is live. 

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

If you are an Airtel user, download the Airtel Thanks app. The app has an option called ‘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 SpeedTest app by Ookla on their mobile phones. The app has a ‘Map’ feature that tells you where the 5G services are currently available.

Which cities have 5G services?

Airtel has rolled out its 5G Plus services in a handful of cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi. On the other hand, Jio True 5G has started rolling out in Delhi, Varanasi, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, and Siliguri.

As for Vi, the telco is yet to release its 5G services in the country.