How To: Turn off 4G LTE on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

If you have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, you probably know that the battery life on that phone is less than stellar. Despite having a strong 1850mAh battery, the 4G radio on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus just uses up too much energy. On a typical day, you can expect 6-10 hours of usage with 4G enabled.

One way to extend the battery life is to turn off 4G if you aren’t going to be using it. At the moment, there isn’t an easy way to toggle 4G on and off. You will need to go into the mobile network settings and switch things to CDMA. Once the phone is set to use just the 3G radio, you can expect a slight improvement in battery life. Follow the instructions below to turn off 4G on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

How to turn off/on 4G on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  1. Go to your phone’s settings screen by launching the Settings app
  2. Under Wireless and Networks, select More…
  3. Scroll down and select Mobile networks
  4. In the Mobile networks screen, select Network Mode and change the Preferred network mode to CDMA
  5. Enjoy a slightly better battery life on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

To turn 4G back on, simply perform the same steps and select LTE/CDMA as the Preferred network mode. Doing this will certainly give your battery more life.