How to Disable Automatic Network Selection on iPhone 14

Not getting a good cellular reception on your new iPhone when using it in a certain location? Manually switching to another network available might help. This post will walk you through configuring the default cellular network selection on the new iPhone 14 series. Here’s how to disable automatic network selection on Apple iPhone 14.

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Performing these steps does not affect other cellular functions of your iPhone. That said, existing settings for Wi-Fi calling, Cellular Data Network, SIM applications and others remain the same.

Just follow these steps whenever you’re all set to configure your iPhone’s cellular settings.

  1. Open the iOS Settings app on your iPhone to begin.



    To do this, simply find then tap the Gear icon from the Home screen or Apps Library.

  2. While in the main settings menu, tap Cellular.



    The Cellular settings menu will load up next. Here, you will see a list of features and options relevant to your cellular network provider.

  3. To continue, navigate to the cellular network or SIM card section then tap Network Selection.



    On the next screen, you will see the main toggle to turn automatic network selection on or off. By default, the network selection is set to automatic and thus the automatic switch is turned ON.

  4. To switch to manual network selection, tap the switch to turn off Automatic network selection.



    A list of all available cellular networks will load up beneath the same screen.

  5. Select any from the available networks that you'd like to use.



    Simply tap to mark your preferred network to connect to.

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The list of available networks may vary depending on the available providers that have coverage in that area.

Your phone will then attempt to connect to the selected network. By then you can gauge whether or not the new network in use is better than the previous. If needed, switch to a different network available. 

Automatic vs. Manual Network Selection

Most, if not all smartphones are programmed to automatically manage network selection from the network side in conjunction with the SIM card settings. This prompts the device to connect to a better if not the best network available in that location. Some cellular network providers even block bad networks at a specific location so that the device will automatically choose another network that’s more stable.

For this reason, enabling automatic network selection on a smartphone is recommended as it lets the device automatically search for and connect to a better network, especially when traveling from one location to another.

However, there will always be instances when using manual network selection is more practical. Common scenarios wherein manual network selection is necessary include when having trouble with SMS and calls due to a poor cellular network reception.

And that’s it!