iPhone Stuck on Edge Network? Fix It Yourself

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Updated On Oct 17, 2023 Published On Aug 10, 2022 Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies

Is your iPhone failing to connect to a stronger network and remains stuck on Edge connectivity? Well, this could mean that you are having 4G/3G and LTE issues.

The good news is that there are several simple fixes that you can implement to try and fix this problem and even better, we will take a look at all of them in this article.

What is Edge Network?

Edge is the 2nd generation cellular data network that had typical data rates of around 200-400 kbps. Back in the day, it used to be a reliable internet system but was later replaced with newer generations.

Now, the 5G services on many carriers transfer data at lightning speeds. If you see your iPhone stuck on Edge network, chances are that its cellular data reception is being compromised.

Turn Off or On Cellular Data

Make sure your iPhone has its cellular data turned on. If it's already on and not working, try turning it off and then back on to fix any issues that might be preventing your internet connection. To turn on cellular data, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Tap the mobile data icon.
  3. Wait for a few seconds before turning it back on.

Alternatively, you can do the following:

  1. Go to your iPhone's Settings.
  2. Select "Cellular."
  3. Toggle off "Mobile Data."
  4. Toggle it back on.

These steps should help you enable your cellular data in a simple and humane way.

Turn Off or On Cellular Data

Switch to Airplane Mode

The second thing you can try when your iPhone just doesn't seem to want to connect to a stronger network is to enable airplane mode for a few seconds and then disable it.

This is a good solution as it will shut down all connections and then when it is disabled, practically forces your device to connect to the strongest network.

Switch to Airplane Mode

Turn Off VPN

When using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your iPhone, it can sometimes block your cellular data signals. To see if this is causing the problem, follow these steps:

  1. Open your VPN app and disconnect from the server.
  2. Alternatively, you can go to Settings, then General, and look for "VPN & Device Management." Select your VPN profile and disconnect it.
  3. After completing these steps, you can restart your iPhone.
  4. Turn on your cellular data to access the internet.

These actions should help you get your cellular data working again if the issue is related to the VPN.

Turn Off VPN

Check Your Coverage Area

If you're traveling, you might encounter areas where there's no mobile network. Make sure you're within your mobile carrier's coverage area to access the internet.

It is recommended to turn on data roaming when you're on the move to stay connected to the internet at all times.

Look at the signal strength bars in the Control Center. If you don't see any bars, your iPhone isn't picking up a cellular signal. Try moving around to find a spot where you get a signal.

Sometimes, reaching higher places in a room or building helps you pick up better signals as opposed to being in the basement.

turn on data roaming

Manually Search for Your Network

Your iPhone is always trying to find a strong network for a better connection, but occasionally, it can't detect your carrier, and if you see "No Service" in the network status area, you can manually search for a network:

  1. Open your iPhone's Settings.
  2. Tap on "Cellular."
  3. Choose "Network Selection."
  4. Turn off the "Automatic" option.
  5. Below that, select your carrier name from the list.

Manually Search for Your Network

Switch from 5G to 4G

Your iPhone may fail to find 5G networks sometimes because the signal is not stable. You can use these steps to switch from 5G to 4G:

Step 1: Open the Settings App and then tap "Cellular/Mobile Data" and make sure that this option is turned on.

Step 2: Tap on "Cellular/Mobile Data Options, go to "Voice & Data" and choose "Enable 4G."

Check Your Cellular Connection

Check for the Carrier Setting Update

Most cellular data connection issues can also be easily solved by updating the carrier settings.

Installing these updates when they become available is crucial for the proper function of your iPhone's connections.

When an update is available, a notification popup will appear and all you have to do is tap "Update" to install the updates.

But you can also go to Settings > General > About to manually check if any updates are available. If the popup appears, tap on "Update" to install the carrier updates.

Check For the Carrier Setting Update

Restart Your Device

Restarting your iPhone is another very good way to force the device to search for and connect to a 4G network.

If your iPhone doesn't have Face ID, press and hold the Power button, drag the power icon to the right to turn off the device, and wait a few seconds before pressing the Power button until the Apple Logo appears.

If your iPhone has Face ID, press and hold one of the Volume buttons and the Side button at the same time, drag the slider to turn off the device, and then press and hold the Side button to turn on the device.

Restart Your Device

Reinstall Your SIM Card

Your SIM card is a crucial component when it comes to connecting the device to a cellular data network.

And since it can sometimes get dislodged, it may be prudent to eject the SIM card and reinsert it.

Ejecting the SIM card will also cause your iPhone to lose all connections, which can force it to connect to a better network when you reinsert it.

To eject the SIM card from the device, press the SIM care Ejector tool into the small hole on the SIM card tray.

Once the SIM card tray is open, check to make sure that the SIM card is properly positioned, and then slide the tray back in place to reinsert the SIM card.

Reinstall Your SIM Card

Reset Network Settings on iPhone

Resetting the network settings is also a good way to fix an iPhone that is stuck on Edge connectivity.

Please note that after doing this, you will need to reenter all your Wi-Fi passwords and reconfigure VPN settings, Bluetooth settings, and even your preferred network.

Step 1: Open the Settings App, tap on "General" and then select "Reset."

Step 2: Select "Reset Network Settings" and enter your passcode when prompted.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone

Update iOS

An iOS update can resolve any bugs that can affect the device's software, causing this and many other issues.

If you haven't updated your device for a while, follow these steps to do it:

Step 1: Connect your device to a power source and a wireless network.

Step 2: Open Settings and tap on "General."

Step 3: Tap "Software Update" and select "Download and Install" to update your iPhone.

Update iOS

Fix System Glitches on Your Device Using TinyFix

If an iOS update is not available, you can use TinyFix to resolve some of the system errors that may cause this problem.

This program is effective as it is specifically designed to fix iOS system issues like this one and you can get your iPhone working normally again without causing any data loss.

Install TinyFix onto your computer and then use these steps to fix your iPhone and get it to connect to a stronger network:

Step 1: Run TinyFix on your computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Select "iOS System Repair" on the main screen.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Click "Standard Repair" and the program will recommend that you download the latest firmware for the device.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3: Click "Download" to start downloading the firmware package.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Wait for the program to complete the download and then click on "Fix Now" to begin fixing the device.

repairing the device

Contact Your Carrier and Apple

You can also contact your carrier and have them explain the problem. They will be able to tell you if your account is set up properly.

You can even have them check for any network errors on their side that could be preventing your device from connecting to a stronger network.

If all the solutions above don't fix the issue and your carrier has assured you that the problem is not on their end, the only thing you can do is contact Apple Support for further help.

Use the Apple Support page to reach out to Apple and explain the problem or you can make an appointment to bring the device to the nearest Apple Store.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or Android device or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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