Airtel 4G not working on Nexus 5

By | November 2, 2015

Airtel 4G is not working on nexus 5 or and some of the other mobiles in Hyderabad/Delhi and other places in India.

Even if you have selected the settings –> Mobile Networks –> LTE and swapped your SIM with 4G SIM, Is it not showing 4G signals(LTE is not shown but ‘H'(3G)?

What is the reason for this?

Did you get the mobile from the US or any other country? Yes ?

I will talk here specifically about Nexus 5, even the problem is common for many other handsets.There were 2 models designed for Nexus 5 – D820 / D821

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Difference between two models as published on Google site

North America: – D820

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19

LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

Rest of World: – D821

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8

LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

You may notice that LTE bands used in North America compared to rest of the world are different.

So you can check if you have the model D820, then your phone cannot receive 4G signals that are being used by Airtel India(4G band) as of now.

But the government has given another band also to the operators for 4G, once they start using those LTE bands in some regions. You may be able to use 4G on your phone.

How to know which Nexus 5 model you are using?

1) check the box if you have it available

nexus 5 bands - D820

nexus 5 bands – D820 model 4g

or in case you have lost the box.

The above picture list the band with which model D820 is compatible – 800/850/AWS/700/1900/2100/TD2600

2) check the backside of the mobile below the LG logo

Nexus 5 different models

Check d820/d821

Is there a workaround available to enable 4G(2300 Mhz band – Given to Airtel) on Nexus 5 in India?


Yes, though I have not tried this method, but you can go ahead at your risk. It can be done with and without rooting your nexus 5

How to enable LTE bands for Nexus 5 D820 Model?

Airtel 4g India 2300Mhz and 1800Mhz LTE bands – you can check some 4G enabled models here

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