How to switch network mode with a 2G 3G widget

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Android smartphones automatically select the network mode, switching from 2G signal to 3G and 4G, depending on the signal strength and quality.

It ‘s fairly true, however, that 3G (and even more 4G) drain more battery than 2G networks (Edge). When we do not need the speed of 3G networks, we may want to force the network to 2G, in order to save battery without losing notifications.

However, entering the smartphone settings and changing every time the network mode is really bad. There are applications that make the easy choice, especially if you have root permissions

Without root permissions

Unfortunately, without root permission, you won’t be able to install widgets that automatically switch the network mode with a single tap; but there are many applications that consist in a widget / toggle that automatically leads to the mobile network settings page. Maybe still a bit annoying, but much more comfortable!

We tried out the app 2G-3G OnOff by CurveFish. You can download it from the Play Store clicking on the following badge!

switch 2g 3g

Simply add the widget to your homescreen and select “Network Mode; then choose the one you want to set.

With root permissions enabled

Root users will be able to install an app which adds a widget that changes the network mode with a single tap on it.

We tried out Toggle Network Type 5.0 by the xda Recognised Developer cygery. It doesn’t require Xposed Framework in order to work!

Let’s see how to install and use the app:

  • Download and install the latest version of the app (xda-developers, Play Store);
  • Launch the app and grant root permissions, then grant external access;
  • Now you can add the widget to your homescreen;
  • Tap on the widget to change network mode.

switch network mode 2G 3G

Superuser displays a notification each time you tap on the widget. If you want to remove this notification open SuperSu / Superuser and remove the notification for the app.

Done! Now at last you can easily change the network mode!

Note: Some devices may not be compatible.

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4 thoughts on “How to switch network mode with a 2G 3G widget

  • December 6, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Any working method for Android 7.1? This great app stopped working in this version

    • December 8, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Try the second method (need Root permission)

      • December 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        I just said it doesn’t work on Android 7.1

        • December 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

          I’m sorry. These two methods aren’t compatible with Android 7. We didn’t try compatible methods.


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