5 ways to get the most out of your 5G phone

If you’ve just bought one of the best phones this Christmas, you almost certainly have one of the best 5G phones at the same time. But while 5G has been around for a few years now, you may still be struggling to find ways to get the most out of it.

Obviously, the main benefit of 5G is speed: it offers much faster upload and download speeds than 4G, as we found out in our 5G vs 4G performance comparison. It also has lower latency, which means data travels much faster between a 5G device and the nearest cell phone tower than it does on 4G devices.

To use 5G, of course, you need to have a 5G smartphone. You may also need to purchase a 5G plan from your wireless service provider, if you haven’t already. And you have to be in an area with 5G coverage.

Assuming you’ve checked all of these boxes, you’re ready to start getting the most out of 5G. So here are five ways a faster connection can improve your smartphone experience.

1. Ultra-fast access points

Image showing 5G speed results on Speedtest app

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As my colleague Roland Moore-Colyer documented, 5G smartphones are very useful hotspots. Whether you are on the go and need a fast connection, have recently moved to a new home and are waiting for your broadband installation, or have a large file to download quickly, using your 5G phone as an access point may solve some problems. of your internet problems.

To use your 5G phone as an access point, simply enable the option in your phone’s settings menu. With 5G speeds theoretically exceeding many traditional broadband speeds, and with even faster connections – such as Verizon’s C-Band network – underway, using a 5G phone as a hotspot may soon be the way. the easiest way to get the fastest online speeds.

2. Fast downloads of videos and music

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Downloading one of the best Netflix shows and TV series should take minutes rather than hours on 5G. And an entire album can be uploaded to Spotify in a second. Convenient if you are about to leave home and want something to entertain you while traveling.

Follow our guide on how to download TV shows and movies from Netflix to test your 5G network prowess, or for music, find out how to download songs in Spotify.

3. Faster online games

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Smartphone games have been one of the main beneficiaries of 5G. Thanks to its low latency, players using 5G have an advantage in online multiplayer games such as Fortnite or PUBG New State.

Lower latency means that when you tap your smartphone screen to perform an in-game command, such as shooting a weapon, the online server receives it faster. It might give you the edge you need to win a game.

Meanwhile, having a faster connection means games will look even better in top game streaming services, such as Nvidia’s GeForce NOW, which lets you play high-end PC-level game titles straight away. on your 5G smartphone.

4. Better quality video chats

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If you’re using one of the best video chat apps, you’ll also want your video call quality to be top-notch. The speed of 5G means your calls in FaceTime, Google Duo, Zoom, or Skype should automatically become clearer.

Some apps, such as Zoom, have a toggle in the settings menu to enable “HD” or “high quality” video, although most will automatically adjust based on your connection speed.

5. Ultra-fast sync of photos and videos

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If you’re using one of the best cloud storages for photos, like Google Photos or iCloud, 5G will give you almost instant access when you’re on the go, provided you’re in an area with good coverage, of course. . .

The advantage of having quick and easy access to your photos and videos in the cloud with 5G is that you can delete them from your phone’s storage, using the cloud to access them instead. This means that you can free up valuable storage space, but still see your Camera Roll instantly on your phone, as if the photos and videos are still saved on your device.

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