How To Configure APN Settings Manually For Different Network


After much hype and hoopla over spectrum allocation finally we now have 3G services across India from private players along with state-owned BSNL and MTNL. The private players including Bharati Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance, STel, Aircel and Tata Docomo is offering high bandwidth third-generation telephony services clubbed with various data packs in the circles where they have won license to operate. The state-owned MTNL and pan India operator BSNL have been in market much before the introduction of 3G services by private players and is doing well.

Be it Smartphone or a tablet device you need to activate 3G on your existing SIM card to get settings automatically for using 3G data services. While most of the Smartphone can automatically enable the settings you get from service providers there may be situations where you have to manually edit and configure 3G APN settings.

In order to use 3G services you need to choose and enable 3G network on your handset (UMTS/Dual mode). Once you have enabled 3G and your phone is ready to accept 3G network data you can go ahead edit or set up a new Access Point Name (APN) profile. Here is step-by-step guide on how to configure/ create a new APN profile in iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android and Symbian.

How to configure data network in iOS:

  1. Go to Settings> General> Network.
  2. Under “Network” settings select “Cellular Data Network”.
  3. Add APN (below post).
  4. Leave Username and Password blank.
  5. Done.

How to configure APN settings in Android:

  1. Go to Menu> Settings> Wireless & networks.
  2. Now select “Mobile networks” and then “Access Point Names”.
  3. Click “Menu” and then “New APN”.
  4. Enter Name and APN (below).
  5. Leave Username, Password and other entries blank.
  6. Save and activate.

How to configure APN settings in Symbian:

  1. Go to Menu > Settings > Configurations.
  2. Select Personal Configuration settings > Add.
  3. Fill in Account Name.
  4. Select Access Point Settings > Bearer Settings.
  5. Enter the Access Point Name (APN).
  6. Leave Username and Password blank.
  7. Go back to Personal Configuration menu.
  8. Select the Account Name and click Option and choose Activate.
  9. Done.

1. How To Configure BSNL 3G APN Settings

BSNL with license to operate pan India expect for Delhi and Mumbai where MTNL will be in place. Try to set the following APN under mobile phone or data card settings,

Name: BSNL
APN: bsnlnet(www.e.po for 2g)

  • (South Zone)
  • (North Zone)

Leave all other settings blank

2. How To Configure Airtel 3G APN Settings (Same settings for 2g also)

Bharati Airtel has won 3G spectrum license to operate in Delhi, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. Go to your phones mobile network settings and add a new connection or edit existing network,

To activate send SMS as 3G to 121

Name: Airtel
Leave all other settings blank

3. How To Configure Vodafone 3G APN Settings 

Vodafone won spectrum for Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Haryana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh (East).

To activate send SMS ‘ACT 3G’ to 111

Name: Vodafone
APN: www (portalnmms for 2G)
Leave all other settings blank

4. How To Configure Tata Docomo 3G APN Settings

Tata Docomo won spectrum licence and is operating in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

To activate 3G SMS ACT3G to 53333

Name: Tata Docomo
APN: Tata.Docomo.Internet
Leave all other settings blank

5. How To Configure Reliance 3G APN Settings  

Reliance Communications has won spectrum in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir.

To activate send SMS to 51234 with plan code.

Name: Airtel
APN: rcomnet” or “smarinet”
Leave all other settings blank

6. How To Configure  Aircel 3G APN Settings

Aircel has won spectrum license in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir choose 3G network on your handset (UMTS/Dual) to access 3G service Otherwise, you can access portal using same the  GPRS connections settings.

To activate send “START 3G” to 121

Name: Airtel
APN: aircelgprs
Leave all other settings blank

7. How To Configure  Idea 3G APN Settings  

Idea cellular has won spectrum license in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.

To activate 3G SMS ACT3G to 12345

Name: Idea
APN: internet
Leave all other settings blank

8. How To Configure  MTNL 3G APN Settings

To activate MTNL 3G

  • Prepaid : SMS `ACT 3G` to 444
  • Postpaid : Dial 1503

Name: MTNL
APN:  “pps3g” (prepaid) and “mtnl3g” (postpaid).
Leave all other settings blank


  1. Hello sir,how can i update my any apps bcz my idea network is not proper working.i dont know what is the number of network ID,i dont know what is the nomber of priority,i don’t know what is the meaning of network hand set mb is PIONEER m2 plz help me sir i have recharge 2G network 248 rs plan sir

  2. Plzzz help me as my msgs are not sent…I have msg pck n recharge though they are not sent last 12days I m suffering from dis problem plzzz help me soon…..

  3. I have intex aqua and I am using Vodafone sim. I activated 3g plans but my cell didn’t show 3g network and it is not that speed like others please ans me…

  4. Hello Everyone! I am a Airtel Prepaid user in Haryana circle. When I try to use data services (3G) the speed is very low (max 7/8kbps). 3G is activated. Customer care officer told that Airtel has its tie up with Vodafone for 3G net in Haryana circle so use with vodafone settings in Roaming mode. I am using a Micromax Usb 3G data card supporting all network with PC. Plz guide me how to configure settings of Vodafone network in Airtel Sim card through a dongle (Haryana Circle). Thnx.
    Have a great day ahead!!!

  5. hai aircel.when m using 3G internet its not getting H .its getting E simbol. my mobile is intex aqua 4.5 E.i chek it out this mobile in intex store also. & i want network ID

  6. Pose help me . I am in goa .my handset Micromax nitro A210. My idea sim don’t give 3g .show only 2G. I complaints in customers care.but we said your handset settings problems. Its a prepaid connection and the first recharge of 3G. Plse help

  7. Hi.. I am an idea pre-paid customer of Karnataka.. I m in Kerala for 2 months on roaming.. I’ve activated and enabled my 3g but I am unable to connect to 3g since last 4 days.. I am only able to use 2g.. Please help

  8. I have a jharkhand bsnl 3G sim. .. I’ve not been able to connect it to MTNL Delhi 3G network on a dongle.
    please suggest

  9. sir Maine Dongle Lagake APN Complet Kar Di Lekin Activat Kyo Nahi Hui ? Sim Airtel Ki Hai Koi Aur Upay Bataye..

  10. my idea post paid sim with 2G data and voice is fine in karnataka,
    once i leave karnataka and enter andrapradesh my 2G network is active,
    but i get display no internet connectivity,
    i am unable to use lenova tab in andrapradesh for 2G data,
    the same was informed to Idea office, They changed the sim & assured
    that 2G will now be active in roaming. but to no avail
    pl inform me if i have to change the APN setings for each state,
    or if any other settings pl let me know.

  11. I live in Cuttack, Odisha. I have recently purchased online a smartphone iBerry Auxus NOTE 5.5 which runs on Android 4.4.2. I am getting very poor internet signal. My BSNL Cellone SIM has GPRS 2G/3G connectivity. Could you please guide me in proper setting of my smartphone to receive good and strong network browsing signal. I have a google account which doesn’t open/crashes frequently. I would also like to have your guidance in this regard.

  12. In d case of Vodafone , APN remains www for both 3G and 2g under the regular VMC (Vodafone mobile connect) plan. Portalnmms is for Vodafone live which is restricted to few useless services and content provided through their portal + mms service.

    In iOS, in addition to www, “iphone” also works


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