How to Properly Disable 3G Internet and Cellular Data Connection on Your iPhone


A friend of mine bought an iPhone 4 outside the Philippines and used a postpaid SIM on it.  After a month of use, which included casual internet surfing and downloading a few apps from the Apple App Store, she was shocked when she discovered that her bill reached Php5,000.  She then discovered that her iPhone’s internet connection was on the whole time even if 3G was off.  It turns out that her phone was still connected to the internet via cellular data network.

To avoid this kind of scenario, follow the tips below on how to properly turn off 3G and cellular data connection on the iPhone.


1.   Go to the iPhone’s “Settings” icon and open the “General” tab.   Then select the “Network” button.


2.   Turn off “Enable 3G” and “Cellular Data” buttons.  Then click on “Cellular Data Network”.


3.   Under the APN for both “Cellular Data” and “MMS”, put a number after the “.ph” extension.  Any number will do.


4.   Press the “Home” button after doing the foregoing steps.


That’s it.  This will prevent your iPhone from connecting to the internet via cellular network connection. is one of the most active tech sites in the Philippines. We enjoy sharing interesting and relevant stories about the latest trends in technology, developments in mobile phones and social media, and modern digital and geek culture.


  1. I have a 4S … when i turn cellular data off . “cellular data networ” doesn’t appear . i do not have  the “enagle 3g ” option !!!  What can i do to activate my Internet?

  2. OH MY GAD this so happened to me!! 

    what if you’re using Smart? Does it apply the same way?

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