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How To Set APN Internet Browsing Data For Any SmartPhone

APN (Access Point Name) provides a phone with the information needed to connect to wireless service(network).

What does APN do? APN is the gateway that grants your mobile devices access to the the internet.

In most cases, when you insert your network SIM card into your Smartphone, most phones automatically set up the isp (Internet Service Provider) APN on the phone and as such you may not need to do any settings since you can access the data for browsing.

In a situation where your data is not working when you have inserted your SIM card, the first thing to check is the APN settings or Internet settings on your mobile device.       

How do I change my APN/Internet settings?

This is how you can add the APN (Internet Settings) in most devices:  This is generic and for different devices, see below

1. Go to Settings >More/More Networks(for some devices) Mobile Networks > Access Point Names.  

2.  Select Add.  

3.  Type in ‘web address of network provider‘ in the APN slot. No username or password is needed.  After the information is entered, select More Save .

4.  Finally, select the newly added Internet Access Point and restart your device.  

For Different Smartphones, settings are listed below. If you are in Nigeria or Africa, simply click the links at the end of the post to set up your internet settings for Glo, Mtn, Airtel, 9mobile and so on.

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Choose your smartphone options to guide you further: 

APN / Internet Settings for Android users

Android setting

Step 1. Go to ‘Settings’.

Step 2. Select More or Cellular Networks. (for Samsung and some others, no cellular networks.)

Step 3. Select ‘Mobile Networks’, look for Access Point Names or APN and select.

These are:
– APN (Access Point Name)
– Proxy
– Port
– MCC (Mobile Country Code)
– MNC (Mobile Network Code)
– Verification type
– APN type
– etc.

Step 4. Reset to default and select ‘reset’ to confirm. 

Step 5. Add APN: (web address of your network provider).

Step 6. Select ‘default’ as the APN Type. Select ‘More’ and ‘Save’ .

Step 7. Restart your handset.

APN /Internet settings for IOS users

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Step 1. Go to ‘Settings’.

Step 2. Go to ‘Mobile/Cellular Data, select ‘Mobile/Cellular Data Options’.

Step 3. Select ‘Mobile/Cellular Data Network’.

Step 4. Select ‘Reset Settings’ then ‘Reset’.

Step 5. Return to ‘Mobile Data Options’ Menu. Select ‘Mobile/Cellular Data Network’.

Step 6. In the APN slot (web address of the network provider)

Step 7. Restart your handset.

Internet Settings for Blackberry Users

Step 1. Select ‘All’.

Step 2. Select ‘Options‘.

Step 3. Scroll to and select ‘Device’. Scroll to and click ‘Advanced System Settings.

Step 4. Scroll to and Tap ‘TCP IP’.

Step 5. Click the ‘APN Settings Enabled’ checkbox.

Step 6. Enter (web address of the service provider).

Step 7. Click ‘Option button’ and Select ‘Save’.

Step 8. Restart your handset.

Internet settings for Windows users

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Step 1. Swipe Left.

Step 2. Select Settings.

Step 3. Select ‘Network & wireless‘ and Select ‘Mobile & SIM‘.

Step 4. Select ‘SIM Settings‘.

Step 5. navigate to Public. Select ‘Add an Internet APN‘.

Step 6. Enter (web address of the network provider).

Step 7. Then simply select ‘Save‘.

Step 8. Simply restart your handset. 

Click to read know how to configure APN/Internet settings for MTN

Read Also: How to set APN/Internet Settings for Airtel


With the steps enumerated above, you can activate any device APN settings and you will see your data allowed to surf the net. They are sure steps to guarantee that your internet gateway works perfectly ok.