How to Disable Automatic Network Selection on iPhone SE 3 (2022)

This post will walk you through configuring cellular network settings on the 3rd generation special edition iPhone for manual network selection. Here’s a quick guide to disable automatic network selection on iPhone SE 3 (2022).

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iOS 15 Cellular Network Settings

By default, the cellular network selection on an iPhone is set to automatic. This prompts the device to automatically scan for the best available network connection to.

Available networks would include 3G, 4G, 5G or other networks available depending on the location.

While keeping this network setup recommended to ensure that your device wouldn’t end up being disconnected from the manually selected network, there are some instances when opting for manual network selection is helpful.

That said, cellular network selection on an iPhone is made flexible, allowing you to switch between manual and automatic network selection.

Depicted below is the actual process of altering the default network selection settings on the new iPhone SE 3 device from automatic to manual option.

Feel free to refer to this quick walkthrough if you’re a new iPhone user who needs some input on how to get this done on your recently procured iOS smartphone.

Steps to Disable Automatic Network Selection on iPhone SE 3 (2022)

The following steps are also applicable when altering the default network selection on other iPhone models that have the same iOS version with that of the latest special edition iPhone (3rd generation).

Please note though that screens and menu options may vary between device models and cellular service providers. Thus, the actual interface of individual devices may likewise vary slightly. To ensure all key features and menu options are present, keep your iPhone software updated.

You may start whenever you’re all set to configure the default cellular network selection on your new iPhone.

Step 1: From the Home screen, tap Settings. Doing so will launch the iOS settings app.
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Step 2: While in the main settings menu, tap Cellular. Another menu opens with a list of all inbuilt cellular options.
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Step 3: Tap Network Selection to continue. On the succeeding menu, you will see the Automatic switch enabled.

This means that the current network selection is set to automatic and thus your iPhone does the job to automatically scan and connect to the best quality cellular network available.

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Step 4: To change it to manual select, simply toggle the Automatic switch OFF.
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A list of all available networks in your area will populate shortly. Just find and tap to select your preferred cellular network to connect to.

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Although the 5G network offers the fastest mobile broadband speeds, many countries around the globe still don’t have 5G coverage. So far, the best network to select is 4G since it has the widest coverage. That said, choosing a 4G network is deemed the best choice by many.

When to switch to Manual Network Selection?

When the network selection is set to automatic, your iPhone will connect to the best network available. 

Automatic network selection is usually recommended by most carriers for mobile use while traveling in and out of the coverage region. This way the device will attempt to make a connection with another associated network whenever the main carrier’s network is not available. This however denotes incurring additional charges especially when you’ve exceeded your monthly data plan.

Aside from being mindful with your data usage, another better option to avoid incurring extra data charges is to set the network selection from automatic to manual. Doing so will let you perform a manual scan and selection of a network when abroad.

Setting the network selection from automatic to manual is also deemed among other potential solutions to network-related issues including texting and calling problems due to poor network reception, No service and other signal-related errors.

This cellular settings can also help optimize battery life of your iPhone when using the device in areas with poor network reception.


You can always restore the settings to automatic network selection mode when you’re no longer roaming. Should you wish to reinstate the default cellular data network selection, just head back to the cellular network selection menu and turn the Automatic switch ON again.

And that’s all about enabling and disabling automatic selection feature on the new Apple iPhone SE 3 2022 smartphone.

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