Understand 5G network compatibility & roaming on Pixel phones

Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) phones work with 5G networks. The kind of 5G service depends on both the phone model and the carrier network. In the US, some Pixel 4a (5G) phones are made specifically for use with Verizon. Learn which Pixel phone models can work with which kinds of 5G.

Pixel phones work with all major carriers. But not all Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) phones work on all 5G networks. Check with your carrier to make sure your phone works on its 5G network. For a list of carriers, pick a country below.

When 5G service isn’t available, Pixel phones with 5G fall back to 4G and lower networks. Find your phone’s configuration and capabilities in our tech specs.

Important: Check with your carrier for details.

Understand 5G1

5G mobile networks let you use more bandwidth than 4G. With more bandwidth, you can get faster speeds.

You’ll need to buy a data plan and get a SIM for 5G, like other mobile services. 5G connections need a 5G data plan from a carrier with a 5G network where you use your phone. Not all carriers offer 5G service. Some carriers offer 5G in smaller areas than their other services.

5G service, speed and performance can vary widely and depend on factors like:

  • Carrier network type, capabilities, and traffic
  • Phone model
  • Location, like rural or city, and near or far from your network’s antennas
  • Signal obstructions, like buildings, walls, and some phone cases

Ask your carrier about its 5G area, speeds, and support for your phone model.

Learn how to troubleshoot mobile network issues.

Types of 5G

Carriers offer 2 kinds of 5G networks:

  • mmWave: High-band “millimeter wave” (mmWave) 5G is a new kind of network that is currently available in limited areas. Check with your carrier for availability.
  • Sub-6: Other 5G networks are “below 6 GHz” (Sub-6) 5G. Sub-6 is the most common type of 5G. “Dynamic Spectrum Sharing” (DSS) is a kind of Sub-6 5G that shares some 4G frequencies.

For a phone that can work with either mmWave or Sub-6 service, the carrier network decides which service that phone uses at any time.

Icons for 5G

A 5G icon in your status bar shows when your phone is within an area where 5G service is available.

By default, one 5G icon shows for all 5G bands and networks. But on phones that can work with mmWave networks, carrier-specific icons may show for mmWave connections.

Roaming on 5G

Roaming is when you use your phone on another carrier’s network. Some carriers allow 5G roaming. Pixel phones with 5G service can also roam on 4G and lower networks. For a list of carriers, pick your country below.

Learn which Pixel phones can work with which kinds of 5G

Phone

Model ID

Can work with

Pixel 5 GD1YQ (US) mmWave & Sub-6
GTT9Q/G5NZ6 (non-US) Sub-6
Pixel 4a (5G) G6QU3 (US only, Verizon only) mmWave & Sub-6
G025E/G025I/G025H Sub-6

Tip: To check your model, look at the bottom end of your phone’s box. Or, in your phone’s Settings app, tap About Phone and then Regulatory labels and then Model number.

Check carriers, their 5G networks & their 5G roaming support for Pixel phones

Selected 5G carrier networks work with Pixel phones. To see carriers with 5G networks that work with Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) phones, choose a country below. Unlisted carriers’ 5G networks may or may not work with Pixel phones.

Important: Check with your carrier for details.

Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Australia Optus Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Telstra Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Vodafone Australia Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Canada Bell Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Freedom (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Rogers Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Telus Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
France Bouygues (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Orange FR (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
SFR (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Germany O2 DE Sub-6 Sub-6 No
T-Mobile DE Sub-6 Sub-6 Yes
Vodafone DE Sub-6 Sub-6 Yes
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Ireland Vodafone IE (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) Yes
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Italy TIM (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Vodafone IT (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) Yes
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Japan SoftBank Sub-6 Sub-6 No
KDDI(au) Sub-6 Sub-6 No
NTT Docomo Sub-6 Sub-6 No
楽天 (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Other MVNO Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Spain Movistar (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Vodafone ES (Sub-6 coming soon) (Sub-6 coming soon) No
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Far EasTone Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Taiwan Mobile Sub-6 Sub-6 Yes
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H 5G Roaming
United Kingdom O2 UK Sub-6 Sub-6 No
3 UK Sub-6 Sub-6 No
EE Sub-6 Sub-6 No
Vodafone UK Sub-6 Sub-6 Yes
Country Carrier Pixel 5 Pixel 4a (5G) Model G025E/I/H Pixel 4a (5G) Model G6QU3
(Verizon only)
5G Roaming
US AT&T
  • mmWave
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
Spectrum
  • mmWave
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
(Sub-6 coming soon)
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
No
Cricket
  • mmWave
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
Fi
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
Firstnet
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
(Sub-6 coming soon) N/A No
Metro PCS
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
Sprint
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
T-Mobile
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
USCC
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • Sub-6
Sub-6 N/A No
Verizon
  • mmWave
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
(Sub-6 coming soon)
  • mmWave
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
No
Xfinity
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
(Sub-6 coming soon)
  • (mmWave coming soon)
  • (Sub-6 coming soon)
No

At this time, unlisted countries have no selected 5G carrier networks that work with Pixel phones.

1 Requires a 5G data plan (sold separately). 5G service and roaming not available on all carrier networks or in all areas. Contact carrier for details about current 5G network performance, compatibility, and availability. Phone connects to 5G networks, but 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary. Some features not available in all areas. Data rates may apply.

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