26 January 2016

How to Manually Add APN Internet Settings in Android Device

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Before connecting to the Internet, your phone must have proper Internet settings downloaded in it so that it can establish a secure connection. These Internet settings should match with the original settings provided by your network carrier. More technical, I am talking about APN here. Now the question is -

Manually Add APN Internet Settings in Android

What is an APN?

APN stands for Access Point Name. These are the settings your phone read to set up a connection to the gateway between your carrier's cellular network and the public Internet.

Okay! Let me explain this in easy way. Whenever you'll turn ON your mobile data, it's obvious that your phone will connect to the network provider and for that it must be given proper instructions. These instructions are given via APN. Access Point Name is used to connect with the correct secure gateway and only after this, your phone can determine the correct IP address and other important data. Now I hope that you've little bit understanding about these APN's.

I have seen many people complaining about the Internet problem. Sometimes, even after turning ON the mobile data, there is no E symbol in the notification tab. This is quite normal in new phone/SIM card or if you've erased all phone data. The ultimate solution to this problem is to add the correct APN in your device and this is what I am going to discuss today. So lets begin now!

How to Add APN's in Your Android Device

Most of time, your phone will automatically add these APN's. Sound good? Hm. But that may not work for each network carrier. However, interesting thing is that you can manually add these Access Point Names in your Android device. Basically, there are 2 methods to do this. All of them are listed as follows -

1st - By Contacting Network Provider

It's the easiest way to request an Internet settings for your device. Just call the customers care service of your network carrier and ask them for the Internet settings. After processing, they will send you few configuration SMS messages containing APN's in it. Simply install all of them one by one and that's it.

After above steps, turn ON the mobile data and check whether it is connecting or not. If it doesn't work then reboot your system and try again. If everything would be fine then definitely it will work.

2nd - Manually Add Access Point Names

So above method doesn't work for you? Hm. Don't worry! You can manually add these Access Point Names as per your choice. Before moving to the steps, first find out the APN Internet settings for your network carrier. You can find them from their official website or by google searching. Otherwise, call the customer care number and ask them for the manual Internet settings. It look something like this (For this tutorial, I am giving Telenor/Uninor GPRS settings) -

Proxy Address:(empty)
Proxy Port:(empty)

Simply note down all these values and then proceed with below steps -
  1. Open your Android device and unlock it. (Just kidding :p)
  2. Now move to "Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile Networks" location.
  3. Under "Mobile Networks", click on "Access Point Names" option.

    Mobile Network Settings

  4. Here you'll find all APN's which are already installed in your device. To create a new one, click on plus button (+).

    Access Point Names

  5. After this, a new window will open. Now fill out all the APN Settings here.
    Note: It is not necessary to fill each field. Only add those values which are provided by your network carrier and make sure to type them correctly.
  6. To save this, click on option menu button (three dots or use external touch button, if available).

    Edit and Save Access Point

  7. From menu list, select "Save" option.
  8. Till now, you just created it. To make it active, mark the dot button next to the Access Point Name (see below picture for help) and you've done it.

    Make APN Active
Finally re-check your Internet connection and it should work this time. If same problem persists then reboot your phone and try again.

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So In this way, you can manually add these APN settings in your android device. If you have any doubt or query regarding this topic, fell free to drop your views in below comment box. Stay Tuned! Love and Blessings!

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