In this guide, we will make you aware of the reason why the 5G Standalone is missing on your iPhone after the latest iOS 16.4 update. There are two modes of 5G- SA and NSA i.e, Stand Alone and Non-Stand Alone. As is evident from their names, SA solely uses a 5G core network, it has no dependency on a 4G LTE network whereas NSA involves laying the 5G over an existing 4G LTE network. In this regard, the first developer beta of iOS 16.4 has added a new feature that would enable 5G standalone (SA).
This functionality has subsequently been incorporated into the stable build as well. However, many iPhone users have voiced their concern that the 5G Standalone is still missing from their iPhone even after installing the latest iOS 16.4 update. They could no longer find this feature either in the Voice and Data or in the Mobile Data section. If you are also in the same boat, then this guide will help you out. Follow along.
Why is the 5G Standalone missing on iPhone after iOS 16.4 update?
This is not due to any bug or issue, rather the 5G standalone is a completely carrier-dependent feature. For example, in the USA, Verizon and AT&T still use NSA, so those sets of users wouldn’t see the SA on their devices. The same is the case with Airtel in India. On the other hand, T-Mobile in the US, Jio in India, and Vivo/Claro users in Brazil will be able to get hold of SA as these carriers have already implemented it.
To round off, the sole reason why the 5G Standalone is missing on your iPhone after the latest iOS 16.4 update is because your carrier hasn’t enabled it yet. With that said, if you have any other queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
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