How to add 4G LTE Only option on Huawei phone without root

Add 4G LTE only option on Huawei phone without root

Add 4G LTE only option on Huawei phone without root

Learn how to add 4G LTE only option on Huawei phone, the best part is you can do this without root. If you own any Huawei phone and wanted to have 4G LTE Only option, this post is exactly for you. In this post, you will learn how to add 4G LTE Only option in the Preferred network mode by using free and simple app known as Settings Database Editor.

Basically, all Android phone has an option called 4G LTE only mode in them, it is just the matter whether it is shown to the user or it is hidden by the developer. The options that usually available are:

  • LTE/WCDMA/GSM auto — the phone will automatically select the best network in your area between 4G LTE, WCDMA, and GSM
  • WCDMA/GSM auto — the phone will automatically select the best network in your area between WCDMA and GSM
  • WCDMA only — the phone will be using WCDMA network only regardless it is available or not, if not, you will not have any signal
  • GSM only — the phone will be using GSM network only, this is the most common network, no need to worry, you will have full signal

As you can see in the above available option that comes out of the box, there is no option for 4G LTE only mode. The reason for this is because not all carrier provides voice call over 4G LTE network and not all area are covered with 4G LTE network. Some of the carriers only let you call using 2G network, so it is not a downside, but it is a featured to let you stay connected to the carrier network.

However, if you wanted to have an additional option — 4G LTE only mode on your newly purchased phone without the need to crack your head thinking whether wanted to root your phone to get this option, here is how to do it. Continue reading the complete step by step tutorial below.

How to add 4G LTE only option on Huawei phone without root

  1. On your Android phone, open Play Store app.
  2. Tap on the search box and type Settings Database Editor and tap Search.
  3. Tap Install button to install the app on your phone.
  4. Once the installation is done, tap on the app to open it.
  5. Once the app is opened, you’ll see three options per following:
    • System
    • Secure
    • Global
  6. Tap on System.
  7. Scroll down until you find hw_networkmode_preference. To the right, you will see something like this — “9,6,2,1”. Tap on this line.
  8. Add a comma (,) followed by eleven (11) and tap on Save changes. Your new setting will look like this:
    • Before changes: “9,6,2,1”
    • After changes: “9,6,2,1,11
    • See that comma (,) and eleven (11) after the changes as I put in red color
    • Make sure there is no space ( ) when adding the comma (,) and eleven (11)
  9. Tap + Add new setting at the top.
  10. Key in hw_add_4g_only.
  11. Tap Save.
  12. In Edit setting, key in your country code – look for your mobile country code here.
  13. Tap Save changes.
  14. Close Settings Database Editor app and restart your phone.
  15. Once your phone restart, go to Setting –> More –> Mobile Network –> Preferred network mode, you will see LTE only option.

Done, now you can select 4G LTE only option to stay on 4G LTE network only.

Can’t find hw_networkmode_preference setting

If you can’t find hw_networkmode_preference, follow these steps:

  1. Tap + Add new setting at the top.
  2. Key in hw_networkmode_preference.
  3. Tap Save.
  4. In Edit setting, key in 9,6,2,1,11.
  5. Tap Save changes.

Note: If your phone has dual sims, you are free to choose whether to have this option on either one of the sim or both.

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  • Paul Andrej Zimmermann

    Sorry, doesn’t work for Huawei P10

    • https://barzrul.com Barzrul

      Hello, would you try the following:

      (After Step 8 in the article)
      9. Tap + Add new setting at the top.
      10. Key in “hw_add_4g_only”.
      11. Tap Save.
      12. In Edit setting, key in your country code.
      13. Tap Save changes.
      (Continue with Step 9 in the article)

      Let me know the outcome. Thanks.

  • Muhammad Najibullah

    Sorry, also doesn’t work for Huawei mate 20 pro. Can help me?

  • Homz Enyol HY

    Hello please i use huaweii y9 i did exactly all you did and i still didnt find that option. I also did the other option u stated in the comments

  • Aqil Muqri

    thanks bro

    • https://barzrul.com Barzrul

      You are welcome.

  • https://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=9571996 marcfourie

    It worked with your comment addition!! Thank you I have been trying to get this right for so long! Huawei Mate 20 lite

    • https://barzrul.com Barzrul

      That’s great. I’ll update the post to include the additional step. Thank you for the feedback.

  • Francesco Azz.

    Don’t work huawei ascend g7

  • Ismail Ism

    Hey please i m use Huawei mate 20 X ?

  • Wan Ozil

    Can you help how to add 4g/gsm setting without root, using this database editor? I already using 4g only step. But if using 4g only.. All calls has been blocked. I will really appreciate if you help me. Im using honor 8x.

  • Wan Ozil

    Good article.