VoLTE - what is it on my phone and how do I disable it?

VoLTE - what is it on my phone and how do I disable it?

Sometimes phone owners find that a new icon -VoLTE- has appeared in the status bar and wonder what it is and how it can be disabled.

This guide details what VoLTE is on your Android phone or iPhone, if you need to disable the feature, and how to do it if you choose to do so.

What is VoLTE on your phone

VoLTE: Voice over LTE or Voice over LTE (4G) technology. Compared to 3G, the bandwidth for voice in LTE is 3 times greater, which allows higher quality audio transmission and the use of more advanced codecs, such as AMR-WB HD Voice.

There are other advantages of this technology: the phone does not have to change networks when making calls, which speeds up calls and guarantees uninterrupted data transmission.

If you didn't have a VoLTE icon on your phone before, but now you do, it means that the following conditions are met:

  • Your phone supports VoLTE and it is activated in your mobile network settings.
  • Your service provider already supports VoLTE calls.
  • You are in a territory where 4G/LTE communication is available.

Today, more and more telecom operators are starting to support the technology in different regions of the Russian Federation and other countries and, judging by the fact that you see the corresponding icon on your phone – it is supported on yours too. .

Is there an additional charge for VoLTE?

The mobile network operators that I know of do not charge extra for making VoLTE calls. However, it is theoretically possible: if you are not sure, it is worth checking the list of services in the personal account of your operator.

How to disable or enable VoLTE

If you want to disable VoLTE, you can do it in several ways. The first is in your phone settings, the second in the private office of your service provider.

Enabling and disabling VoLTE on Android

Below is an example for Android one of the latest version (11), on your phone the elements may be slightly different, but the logic should be almost the same:

  1. Open Settings – Network and Internet – Mobile network.
  2. Pull down the “Extras” section (it may not exist, then the setting will appear directly on the screen).
  3. Activate or deactivate the “VoLTE” or “Enhanced 4G LTE mode” option.

Another option for the arrangement of settings on Android mobile phones:

  1. Open Settings – Wireless networks.
  2. Open the Mobile Network item.
  3. Activate or deactivate the “LTE calls” option.

VoLTE settings on iPhone

You can follow the steps below to turn VoLTE on or off on your iPhone:

  1. Open “Settings” and go to “Cellular communication”.
  2. Tap on “Settings” and on the next screen, tap on “Voice and data”.
  3. Turn the “VoLTE” switch on or off.

Deactivation of VoLTE in the Personal Office of your service provider

Some service providers show VoLTE in the list of free connected services in your personal cabinet.

You just have to go to your personal cabinet, find the corresponding service and disable it at the operator level so that your phone does not use VoLTE, regardless of the status of the option in the settings of the device itself.


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