If you’ve experienced problems with reception involving your MetroPCS mobile web or your MetroPCS roaming, then you’ll need to fix your MetroPCS APN settings. These problems aren’t likely due to your MetroPCS port number (the phone number you’ve transferred over from your previous carrier) but is most likely due to your MetroPCS access point. When Metro PCS no network connection is an issue, you’re going to have to spend a few minutes setting up your MetroPCS access point. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll be able to access your mobile internet better and your MetroPCS 4G LTE. One thing to keep in mind is that MetroPCS APN settings differ depending on the type of phone you have.
If you decide to sign up with an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) then you’ll need to setup your MetroPCS APN settings to work that.
APN is an acronym for Access Point Name which acts as a type of password which allows your phone to access MetroPCS roaming, internet, and MetroPCS 4G LTE.
As you’re setting up your MetroPCS Access Point Names on your phone, your carrier will have your information looked at to decide what type of connection should be made on your mobile phone. They’ll look at whether your phone should be connected through a private customer network, what security method is best for your phone, and what IP address should be given to your phone.
There are quite a few APN settings that can be applied to your phone. Your settings for APNs are text fields that you fill in to connect to the internet and other networks on your phone. These settings are there so that your phone can broadcast and receive frequencies from your carrier, in this case the MetroPCS. If your MetroPCS internet settings aren’t properly set up than you’ll experience problems connecting and using your mobile data and sending and receiving MMS.
The four APN settings that you need to know about are MMSC, APN, APN type, and proxy. MMSC is intended for multimedia messaging services. APN types are MMS, SUPL, generic, and WAP.
Why Do You Need APNs Setup?
You want to ensure that your MetroPCS Access Point Names are set up right so that you have access to MetroPCS mobile internet. When you go to look at your APN settings, you’ll see that they’re listed as values that you to fill in including name, APN, username, password, server, etc. These values only work within the country that the carrier operates from, meaning that MetroPCS Access Point Names will only work within the United States.
Can I Set Up MetroPCS’s APN Settings and Unlock My Phone?
The first thing you need to do is go to the home screen of your phone and find the “Apps” icon. Tap on “settings” then go to “Network Connections.” Once on the connections page, go to “more networks.” You’ll then go to “mobile networks” and then “Access Point Names.”
You’ll want to reset your APN by tapping the “menu” icon and then the “reset to default” button.
After that, you’ll want to configure the settings for your APN. This process includes ensuring that the following correct configurations are programmed on your phone.
Metropcs APN Settings
- Name: MetroPCS
- APN: fast.metropcs.com
- Port: leave blank
- Proxy: leave blank
- Username: leave blank
- Password: leave blank
- Server: leave blank
- MMS proxy: leave blank
- MMSC: http:// metropcs.mmsmvno.com/mms/wapenc
- MMS port: leave blank
- MNC: 16
- MCC: 310
- Authentication type: Not Required
There are a few other settings you can play around with to get your phone working the way you want.
Manual Network Selection
Your mobile phone should be set to detect wireless networks nearby and connect to them for MetroPCS. MetroPCS roaming is typically restricted to SIM cards that are from MetroPCS. In cases where you can’t roam, you’ll need to manually select your network.
To manually select a network for MetroPCS devices, you want to go to your home screen and find “apps.” Then go to your “settings” and look for “Network Connections” as you did before. After that, find “mobile networks” and tap on “network operators.” Finally, go to “search now.”
Switch 2G / 4G
To switch your MetroPCS APN settings between 2G to 4G and back, do the same beginning steps that you did with manually selecting a network until you get to “mobile networks.” Choose the band setting that is optimal for you.
Turn On/Off Airplane Mode
You can use airplane mode on an actual airplane or really anytime that you want to turn off your wireless capabilities. When airplane mode is on you’re still able to use apps that operate offline, but you can’t use voice commands or access the internet. There are quite a few mobile phones that have the airplane mode located on the drop-down screen at the top of their display, but for those who don’t you can turn on the airplane mode a different way.
Like with most processes, you’ll start at your home screen and then find “apps.” You’ll then go to “settings” where you’ll find “Network Connection.” From there, just tap “airplane mode.” You should be able to activate the function by sliding it from the “off” to “on” position.
Turn On/Off Data Roaming
You’ll start again at the home screen and follow the same procedure until you get to “mobile networks.” From there, you’ll find a function to turn data roaming on as well as off whenever you need it.
Turn On/Off Mobile Data
Like these other functions, you’ll begin at your home screen and go to “apps,” “settings,” “Network Connections,” and then “mobile networks.” There you should find a feature to enable your data connection as well as turn it off.
When you’re configuring your APN settings, you want to ensure that everything is setup exactly as shown. If something’s capitalized, make sure it stays capitalized. Don’t add spaces or commas and make sure they’re still there if there are. If you don’t configure these things correctly you won’t be able to get your internet to function or send or receive any MMS picture messages.
Reboot your phone before fixing your APN settings so that they are on default. If you try to alter it without deleting the settings there before, your functions won’t work.