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Learn about APN and ways to change it on the Android phone/tablet


When any individual buys an Android Smartphone for himself, he or she is not sure of the carrier he or she is going to use. As it happens, we tend to change the carriers more often than not, depending on our own requirements. Thus, once we do so and change, the carrier which we have been using in the past, a lot of things change and we have to accommodate ourselves to the change. The most difficult change approximately 2-3 years ago was changing the APN settings.

What is an APN?

Before we get deeper into the topic, let us just know a bit about APN. Firstly, APN is the acronym for Access Point Name. The APN is used by the Smartphone as an identity to communicate with the Public Internet via the carrier on your Android smartphone. The carrier read’s the APN name and its IP address and then proceeds with the action of creating a secure Internet connection. Thus, it is extremely important to change the APN name once you have changed your wireless network carrier. The main work is done by the carrier itself. All you need to ensure is that you have all the data placed correctly.

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How to change your APN settings?

The structure of your wireless carrier is the one that defines the kind of settings that you might have in your Android Smartphone. For most of the different wireless carriers, the major part of the setting is same. There are slight changes here and here which needs to be taken care of in order to have a proper internet connection on your Android smartphone. Without a proper APN setting, You Android Smartphone will not be able to take part in any action on the Internet.

Let us get straight to the point. In order to get your APN settings right, you will have to take care of a few information bits. Here is a list of the information that you need  in order to be able to edit APN settings.

  1. Name: The name of the wireless carrier
  2. APN: A specific name given to identify your device.
  3. Port: The port number used to establish connection Generally it is 80.
  4. MMSC: For MMS settings.
  5. MMS Proxy: Proxy for MMS.
  6. MMS Port: Post number used to send MMS. It is also generally 80.

Now when you have the information, your next job is to change all of data and replace it with the new set of information that you have.

Here are the steps that you need to follow now, when you have the data you need!

  1. Go to settings and look for the ‘more’ option.
  2. Once done, you will have to go for ‘mobile networks’ next.
  3. This is where you will get something named ‘Access Point Names’. You need to click on it and select edit.
  4. Herein you will be directed to a new dialog box where you will be able to edit the

Once done, you are all set to go.


About Wayne Murphy

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Writer and specialized in Mobile Phones (iOS, Android, BB etc), who was with the TND team since it's inception. Other than Blogging, he is also pursuing his graduation on Business Management at CA, California University. All posts by Wayne

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