Airtel 5G launch: step by step guide to activate 5G service on YOUR smartphone

New Delhi: Private telecom Airtel launched its 5G services in 8 cities across the country on Oct. 6, including Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore, Gurugram, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai. Customers are excited to use the service on their devices for faster and lagging free internet. However, the service is not currently available for all devices. Customers do not need to change their SIM card as existing 4G SIM cards are compatible with the 5G network.

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Bharti Airtel Chief Technology Officer Randeep Singh Sekhon said, “People need 5G phones to access the service, they don’t need to replace their existing 4G SIM card.” Airtel 5G Plus is currently supported on select devices, but more devices will be added to the list soon.

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If you are an Airtel customer and 5G service is available at your location, here’s how to activate the 5G network on your smartphone.

  1. Go to the “Settings” app on your smartphone
  2. Select “Mobile Network”
  3. Select the SIM card for which you want to check the 5G network
  4. Tap the “Preferred Network Type” option
  5. Now tap and select the 5G network type
  6. If the 5G network is available in your area, you will see the 5G symbol on the status bar in a few minutes

The devices that do not currently support 5G will soon receive an over-the-air (OTA) update from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to support it.

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