How to Change APN Settings

By Rizwan Qadir

Access Point Name (APN) is a protocol that allows a cellphone to access the Internet using the cellphone carrier network. APN provides the network path for data services on the cellphone including Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Cellular Data. APN settings are typically set by the cellphone carrier. You can make changes to APN settings by accessing the settings from the main menu of your cellphone.

Step 1

Turn on your cellphone and navigate to the main screen.

Step 2

Select the "Settings" or "Tools" option on the main screen of your device.

Step 3

Select the "Network" or "Connection" option under the main settings of your cellphone.

Step 4

Choose "Cellular Data Network" or "APN control." Enter the APN settings including "APN information," "Username" and "Password" in the respective fields.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your cellphone service provider for the precise details for APN settings. The APN settings option could vary for different cellphone models, consult the user manual of your cellphone for exact information. A carrier-locked cellphone does not allow access to change the APN settings. You can do this only on unlocked cellphones, or if your carrier allows you the option to change APN settings.