What is an APN and what is it for and how can I configure it? (Example)


A new Smartphone is synonymous with going through a configuration process and exploration Of the device, so that you can familiarize yourself with its functions and tools.

An important aspect in this regard is know the mobile network settings that you are going to use on your Smartphone. For this, it is important to know what it is and how to configure the APN of your smartphone.

First of all: What is the APN?

This element is the one that will serve as bridge between the mobile network of the telephone company of your choice and your device.

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What is the APN

Many people, generally, are not familiar with the term or function that APN fulfills, since this is usually configured when purchasing the device or the SIM card directly from the telephone company.

What is the APN for?

The Access Point Name or Access Point Name is the system that will allow you to indicate to your Smartphone the route it must follow to have mobile network access, so that you can make use of the data, texts and calls.

Setup process

Now, if the APN has not been configured for your device in the telephone company of your choice, or you have purchased the mobile by another means and you must perform the manual configuration of this system, you do not have to worry.

In this article you can have all the tools needed to configure the APN and start enjoying all the advantages that the mobile network provides from the telephone service provider.

Where to get the APN function?

The first thing you should do is enter the settings section of your mobile device to begin the process of configuration and activation of the access name. Once there, you will have to enter the section of connections or networks.

After this, you will click on the mobile networks section, to finally view and enter the access point names or APNs section.

Entering a new APN

Depending on the interface of your Smartphone, you will be able to visualize, generally, in the upper right corner of your screen, the option to add.

In any case, also you can click on the option «APN» to bring up a box with the option to add a new APN.

Structure of the APN

At the time of entering the new access point, you will see a form to which you must enter just a couple of information to successfully configure the APN.

The APN is made up of two elements: a network identifier and an operator identifier. If you do not know the names that will be part of the configuration of your new APN, it is recommended that you search the web.

It is not very difficult, most providers provide, without any problems, this type of information so that their customers can easily and efficiently configure the name of the access point to enjoy all the services they offer.

Some exceptions

It should be noted that, in some telephone companies, the simple fact of inserting the SIM card in your device is more than enough process for the configuration and activation of the APN corresponding to this provider.

This extremely simple and efficient process is usually accomplished with a text message. However, there may be cases where the configuration has been satisfactory enough to make use of voice and text messaging services, but not for mobile data.

Structure of the APN

In this case, it is important that you are clear about all this procedure, since it is the one that you will have to carry out in order to be able to count on and enjoy the 3G or 4G service provided by the provider.

Keep your line up to date

The last requirement to enjoy absolutely all the services that your mobile phone provider makes available to you, is keep your line active, excuse me? Remembering to make the payment corresponding to the monthly payment.

In this way, you will not be surprised to see that the services have been suspended at the time, perhaps, least indicated. Don’t waste much more time! Configure your APN and start using your Smartphone.

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