Meta-description: Explaining what to do if mobile internet on your iPhone isn’t working. Sharing a guide on how to solve this problem yourself and where to seek help. 

Have you encountered a situation where the speed of your mobile internet connection on your iPhone has slowed down or stopped entirely? Don’t panic: the problem is solvable. Internet on your smartphone can be “finicky” for many reasons. It could be due to iOS settings, your operator’s settings, limitations of your tariff plan, or a few other nuances we will discuss today. Let’s look at how to improve mobile internet on your iPhone. 

Reconnect Mobile Internet 

To fix poor mobile internet on your iPhone, let’s go through some basic settings. 

First, you need to reconnect the connection. You can do this by double-tapping the data transmission icon or by turning airplane mode on and off in the “Control Center.” To open it, swipe down from the top-right corner or up from the bottom edge (depending on your iOS version). 

Restart Your Smartphone 

Sometimes, a simple restart is enough to resolve the issue. Restarting clears the RAM and optimizes system performance. 

Check Your Balance and Available Data 

It’s possible that your account has run out of money or the data limit available for use has been exhausted. 

Check the SIM and Operator Restrictions 

Often, mobile internet on the iPhone doesn’t work due to a malfunction or restrictions of the SIM card. We recommend inserting another SIM card into your smartphone: if the connection appears and everything works, the issue needs to be resolved through your operator. 

Another point to consider is malfunctions with mobile operators. Sometimes, poor internet on the iPhone is due to this. We recommend checking for possible outages by calling your operator’s technical support. 

Switch to a Faster Network 

Sometimes, the iPhone uses 3G instead of LTE, for example, in areas with an unstable LTE signal. In such cases, the system automatically switches to the slower 3G. We recommend checking this: go to “Settings” — “Cellular.” In the SIM card menu, tap “Primary number” — “Voice and Data,” then select LTE (the path may vary depending on the iOS version). 

Switch to 3G If You’re in the Countryside 

If you are in a village or forest, 3G might be preferable. There may be only one LTE base station nearby, which all the surrounding smartphones connect to, resulting in good signal but slow internet speed. Manually switch to 3G, and pages will load faster. When you return to the city with good LTE coverage, switch back to the usual settings. 

Turn Off VPN 

This setting also significantly affects internet speed. Go to the VPN app you are using or disable the technology in settings. 

Close Background Apps 

Many of them may be using your data, as they still use the internet connection even in the background. To close them, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen and simply swipe them up. 

Disable “Low Data Mode” 

This feature limits data usage by background apps, which can reduce internet speed. Go to “Settings” — “Cellular,” then select your SIM card and turn off the “Low Data Mode” option. 

Check “Personal Hotspot” Mode 

If it’s on, familiar devices to your iPhone, those with your Apple ID, or devices in family sharing can automatically connect to the smartphone. If you are troubleshooting why the internet on your iPhone is slow, we recommend checking this and disabling the personal hotspot mode if not in use. Go to “Settings” and in the “Personal Hotspot” section, turn off the option. 

Disable Automatic Updates 

Two other reasons why your iPhone might have poor internet are content updates or background app downloads. These can also reduce the quality of your internet connection. To ensure content updates only on a stable Wi-Fi connection, go to “Settings” — “General” — “Background App Refresh” and select Wi-Fi. To cancel automatic updates, go to “Settings” — App Store and deactivate “Automatic Downloads.” 

Reset Network Settings 

Another reason why mobile internet on the iPhone might be slow is a filled cache. You can clear it by resetting network settings. Note that after this, you will need to reconfigure your mobile data connection and reconnect to previously used Wi-Fi networks. 

To do this, go to “Settings” — “General” — “Transfer or Reset iPhone.” After the reset, slow internet on your iPhone should be a thing of the past. 

What If Mobile Internet on iPhone Still Doesn’t Work After All the Above Steps? 

Among the reasons why internet on the iPhone might be slow could be the simplest one — a weak signal. For example, you are in the countryside where the signal is weak, or there are obstacles on the path of radio waves from the tower, such as massive building walls or trees. If you are in a place where there should be no connectivity issues but still have problems, check your case. Some very thick accessories (especially those with metal inserts) can affect signal transmission. 

If the issue is with the case, the solution is obvious: remove it and check the connection quality. If the problem is with a weak signal, you’ll need to move out of the “dead zone”: for example, leave the building or move to higher ground. 

How to Speed Up Internet on iPhone? The Most Reliable Way 

If you’ve tried all the methods described above but still have poor internet on your iPhone, and the problem is in the system, and you can’t solve it yourself, visit iSpace. Our specialists will help resolve the situation. We will help set the correct network settings. And if you wish, we can introduce you to the latest Apple products. See you at iSpace! 


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