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Airtel 5G launched: How to Use Airtel 5G?

Airtel has launched its 5G internet connection in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur, and Siliguri. Here is how you can use Airtel 5G on your smartphone.

by Sahil_Jain Updated: 12 Oct, 2022, 11:27 IST
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After a long wait, Airtel has started rolling out its 5G services in India, and needless to say, we are really excited to use 5G, aren’t we? As of now, Airtel has rolled out 5G services in these 8 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur, and Siliguri. So if you live in one of these cities, you are eligible to use Airtel 5G on your 5G smartphone right now.

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Airtel 5G Launched in 8 Cities: Internet Speed 30X Faster in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and More Cities

Although we all predicted that Reliance Jio will be the first Internet Service provider to launch 5G in India, Airtel has claimed the title by launching 5G first in the 8 cities that we have mentioned above. Users in those 8 cities are already enjoying a 5G network and up to 30x faster internet speed, claimed by Airtel.

If you are a Reliance Jio user, you might be interested in Jio 5G Launch Announced.

Compared to the 4 cities that will get to see Reliance Jio’s 5G network first, the list of 8 eligible cities by Airtel is just double what Jio has planned. 

How to Use Airtel 5G on a 5G Smartphone Right Now?

To use Airtel 5G on your smartphone, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • A 5G smartphone (More 5G bands, the better)

  • Location: You need to be present in any of these 8 cities to use Airtel 5G: Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur, and Siliguri.

That’s it! You do not even need a 5G SIM card to use Airtel 5G. Once you make sure that your smartphone and location are perfect for using 5G with your Airtel SIM card, follow these steps:

  1. On your 5G smartphone, go to Settings > Network Settings/Connections.

  2. Select the 5G network mode to use it on your smartphone.

Yup, this is all you need to do to get a 5G network and speeds on your smartphone with an Airtel SIM card.

Though the Airtel 5G service is yet to be launched all over India, you can enjoy 20x-30x faster internet speeds now with Airtel 5G if you live in the 8 metro cities mentioned above.

Also check out Airtel 5G supported devices here.

Commonly Asked Questions About Airtel 5G

Here are some commonly asked questions about the Airtel 5G network that users are searching answers for to. We have tried answering these questions in the best possible manner.

Do I Need a 5G SIM Card to Use Airtel 5G?

Nope; as of now, you do not any 5G SIM card to use Airtel 5G on your smartphone. All you need is a device that supports 5G and has enough 5G bands to run the latest network. This brings us to our next question.

How Many 5G Bands Should a 5G Phone Have?

Speaking clearly, there is no particular number of 5G bands that a smartphone should have in order to be a true 5G device. Though, it is recommended to get a smartphone that has at least 7-8 5G bands as that is the bare minimum. Also, experts believe that these four 5G bands are a must for any smartphone to run 5G: N28, N41, N77, and N78.

When is the Airtel 5G Launch Date?

Airtel has said that the ISP company would roll out 5G in phases and aims to cover some of the major cities by the end of 2023. By 2024, Airtel would launch 5G all over India. Till now, the service is made available to 8 cities only, including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur, and Siliguri.

Let us know in the comments section if you are eligible for using Airtel 5G or not. Also, feel free to ask any questions about the same.

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Cool,seems no need to upgrade to airtel 5g sim as they only provide 3g speeds on the name of 5g

#airtel ,always sucks 😃

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Gaurav_G wrote:

I checked via My Airtel app it says my device isn't 5G enabled so I guess you're right an OTA is needed to enable it smile

Samsung s22 ultra, no update needed. Shown 5g ready device in airtel app in Bengaluru. But no 5g signal. Seems very few specific close region of Bengaluru has as of now. 
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Location - Hyderabad
Device - Samsung33 5G ( Bought and received on 4th Oct )

Until 7th Oct - 5G Handset - Okay

5G Software - Not Okay - says needed software update

on 8th Oct Suddenly without any software update started getting 5G signal.

Speeds ; Inside the apartment 20Mbps to 40 Mbps

on the Balcony 190Mbps to 200Mbps

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Entertainer Entertainer

Cool,seems no need to upgrade to airtel 5g sim as they only provide 3g speeds on the name of 5g

#airtel ,always sucks 😃

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Isn't last city is Kolkata or Siliguri? @Sahil_Jain

Having 5G phone still not getting network in Kolkata yet of 5G for neither Jio nor Airtel wink

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Waiting for dimers to post their experience on Airtel 5G !! 

Also videos on this would be very useful for the public also this would be great YouTube/social media content for content creators in the upcoming year
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Gaurav_G wrote:

Isn't last city is Kolkata or Siliguri? @Sahil_Jain

Having 5G phone still not getting network in Kolkata yet of 5G for neither Jio nor Airtel wink

Airtel has not yet rolled out 5G at Kolkata, only Jio 5G services are available there as of now. Also, Jio's offer is based on an invitation basis. Only those users would be able to use Jio 5G who would be invited by Jio itself. 
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MazeRunner wrote:
Waiting for dimers to post their experience on Airtel 5G !! 

Also videos on this would be very useful for the public also this would be great YouTube/social media content for content creators in the upcoming year
True that!
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There was news about Apple, Samsung and One+ requiring software update. Anyone had luck in Bangalore with any of these manufacturers? (I am going to try it later today on my imported LG V50 and local Samsung M53)

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bajirao1 wrote:

There was news about Apple, Samsung and One+ requiring software update. Anyone had luck in Bangalore with any of these manufacturers? (I am going to try it later today on my imported LG V50 and local Samsung M53)

Not only these brands, I believe all 5G smartphones from every brand would need software updates to run 5G. I recently got one such update on my Realme GT Master Edition

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Anyone got 5g signal on their smartphone?

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Sahil_Jain wrote:
Not only these brands, I believe all 5G smartphones from every brand would need software updates to run 5G. I recently got one such update on my Realme GT Master Edition

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I checked via My Airtel app it says my device isn't 5G enabled so I guess you're right an OTA is needed to enable it smile

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Gaurav_G wrote:

I checked via My Airtel app it says my device isn't 5G enabled so I guess you're right an OTA is needed to enable it smile

Where do we check this in our Airtel app?
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Gaurav_G wrote:

I checked via My Airtel app it says my device isn't 5G enabled so I guess you're right an OTA is needed to enable it smile

Can you please tell us the name of your smartphone?
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Gaurav_G wrote:

Yes it's Samsung M33 5G 😄

Great!
Then I guess you will soon get an update that would enable 5G on your device too. Samsung is rather quick when it comes to rolling out OTA.
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Requesting those who have tried (irrespective of whether 5G is working or not working) to include your location and device model in post.

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Gaurav_G wrote:

I checked via My Airtel app it says my device isn't 5G enabled so I guess you're right an OTA is needed to enable it smile

Samsung s22 ultra, no update needed. Shown 5g ready device in airtel app in Bengaluru. But no 5g signal. Seems very few specific close region of Bengaluru has as of now. 
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bajirao1 wrote:

Requesting those who have tried (irrespective of whether 5G is working or not working) to include your location and device model in post.

Realme 9 5g, West Delhi 5g working but showing 5g not compatible in airtel thanks app. 5g giving speeds only about 10-20 mbps and 4g giving above 60mbps here.
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https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/813685/medium/Screenshot20221008-152733Airtel.jpg?1665223292But can't connect to 5g netwkork.
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Why they are not counting Pune for initial roll out sad

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Gaurav_G wrote:

I checked via My Airtel app it says my device isn't 5G enabled so I guess you're right an OTA is needed to enable it smile

I checked my M33 purchased last week in my airtel app and it says it is 5G ready...
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For iqoo mobiles - go to settings - network and internet - sim card and mobile network - sim card info and settings - airtel/jio - preferred network type select 5g preferred. Note the option 5g preferred is only for one sim slot the other will be 4g preferred.
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anujam wrote:

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/813685/medium/Screenshot20221008-152733Airtel.jpg?1665223292But can't connect to 5g netwkork.
Can you please let us know which Samsung smartphone are you using right now?
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ritesh.gupta5555139 wrote:
For iqoo mobiles - go to settings - network and internet - sim card and mobile network - sim card info and settings - airtel/jio - preferred network type select 5g preferred. Note the option 5g preferred is only for one sim slot the other will be 4g preferred.
Thanks a lot for your input!
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Sahil_Jain wrote:
Can you please let us know which Samsung smartphone are you using right now?
S22 ultra
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Location - Hyderabad
Device - Samsung33 5G ( Bought and received on 4th Oct )

Until 7th Oct - 5G Handset - Okay

5G Software - Not Okay - says needed software update

on 8th Oct Suddenly without any software update started getting 5G signal.

Speeds ; Inside the apartment 20Mbps to 40 Mbps

on the Balcony 190Mbps to 200Mbps

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