Setting up internet connection for your Android Phones like Samsung, Lenovo, Innjoo, HTC, Tecno, Gionee, Infinix, Gowin, etc.

Posted on May 3 2013 - 6:14pm by Chekwas Ojike

Many users have had problem surfing the internet with their Android phones, we mean all Android phones like Tecno n3, D5, B3,etc., Gionee, Infinix, Gowin, iTel, Nokia, Innjoo, Lenovo, Microsoft  Android phones and tablets and the higher –end Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, etc Android phones.. After reading this post, you shouldn’t have further difficulty accessing your Playstore for downloads, browsing the internet and using Facebook on your Android phones among many other useful things you can do with Internet on your Android phone and Tablet.

Android Operating system across various mobile phone largely has the same features. Many manufacturers like Microsoft and Gionee may like to fuss the Android OS into their own operating System but you should still be able to follow this tutorial with your Android device though their may be slight modifaication with respect to the Android OS version you use and the manufacturer.

Setting up internet connection for your Android Phones like Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Tecno, Gionee, Infinix phones.

This post is updated 21/08/2015.

This tutorial applies to all Android phones you can ever find. Normally, your phone automatically detects your preferred SIM and automatically configures the internet settings for your SIM. This means that on a normal occasion, there is nothing for you to configure in order to use internet on your Android device. All you need do is to turn your data connection on once an active SIM card is inserted into your device. To do this, simply go to the notification panel of your phone and tap on the data connection icon to turn it on, voila!

To successfully set up the internet connection setting of your Android phone, you must understand these things:

Turn Data connection on: Scroll down your notification bar by swiping vertically downwards from the top of your phone to the screen. You will see the Data connection icon, tap it to turn it on when the icon colour turn light blue. You should be able to see your the internet send/receive icon beside your network bar after some few seconds. The H alphabet represents 3.5G network; 3G is for 3G; EDGE is for 2G and G is for GPRS.

The icons represented here may slightly differ from yours due to your device’s manufacturer and the OS version of your device. This post was first written in 2013 and totally modified in 2015.

How to set up Android Internet connection

How to set up Android Internet connection

Set your preferred SIM: After turning your data connection on, your device should be able to connect to the internet only if your phone is dual SIM should you consider this necessary step also. If your phone is dual SIM, you certainly wants to connect to the internet with only one SIM and of course your phone can not connect to the internet with 2 SIMs at a time. So we shall call your browsing SIM card your preferred SIM.

To set your phone to connect to the internet with your prefereed SIM is pretty simple. Simply go to Settings —> SIM Management (Under Wireless connection)

How to set up Android Internet connection

How to set up Android Internet connection

then tap Data connection to set your preferred SIM as default for data connection. I advise you to place your preferred SIM in SIM 1 slot for fastest internet connection.

How to set up Android Internet connection

How to set up Android Internet connection

Happy browsing once you are done!

but if this doesn’t work…

Then you must check the following:

  1. If you have an active internet subscription in your device
  2. If the network strength is enough to surf the internet. Normally G and sometimes a weak EDGE (E) or a fluctuating 3G network will hardly download and send data over the internet. If you phone supports a 3.75 G or a 4G network, then it will be fine to use it and enjoy amazing download speed only if the network is strong in your area. If it isn’t strong, I will advice you to set it to 4G or so only when you want to download heavy data or stream an online media content.
  3. The next thing to check is important! See it below:

make sure your mobile Access Point (APN) is correct:

This is an advanced setting. Most times your network will automatically set this for you. But just in case all the above doesn’t yet connect your device to the internet, then you should make sure that your mobile network APN is set correctly.

See how to set your APN correctly here.

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92 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. kenny November 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm -

    am using GMI smartphone,then i know how to no d phone 3G network

  2. shubham October 23, 2015 at 9:53 am -

    I have problem with my Gionee P3. it always enable WLAN and Data, if I disabled it, I don’t know if you will help. Thanks

    • Chekwas Ojike October 23, 2015 at 10:35 am -

      Please make sure you don’t have another app that bypasses your setting and turns your data on.

  3. Phykky October 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm -

    Pls i nid help, my techno p6 is not browsing wen i insert it in slot 2, despite wen i on my data & APN and other settings are intact.

  4. Ikenna October 1, 2015 at 4:56 pm -

    Pls dear i want to enable WIFI(WLAN)on my itel phone it1353,what do i fill in as the NETWORK SSID for etisalat or mtn sim(it has portable wlan which is already configured”as itel1353″,i have no problem with that).thanks in advance.

    • Chekwas Ojike October 2, 2015 at 8:04 am -

      If I got your question right, to enable WIFI, you simply have to go to Network settings and turn on Wifi, nthing else to fill

  5. MATHIAS AGBENYO September 22, 2015 at 11:37 pm -

    I did all that you’ve said but in the day time my Internet connection becomes very very very full

  6. roland September 14, 2015 at 11:24 am -

    i try all this but it did not work

  7. Gunasekar September 8, 2015 at 10:53 am -

    Please I have problem with my Gionee P2S. it always enable WLAN and Data, if I disabled it, I don’t know if you will help. Thanks

  8. adex September 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm -

    I see the network mode but the link is not open

  9. favour September 4, 2015 at 8:23 am -

    pls i cant loggin facebook on ma opera mini but every other sites open, do you know the reason why, and if there is anything i could do abt it

    • Chekwas Ojike September 4, 2015 at 8:26 am -

      Try using the Facebook app. The fault doesn’t appear to come from your device.

  10. adex September 4, 2015 at 2:15 am -

    plz my p5 network mode is not activated. what can i do

    • Chekwas Ojike September 4, 2015 at 8:27 am -

      Activate it. Make sure it is not in Airplane mode. Hold the Ppower key for about 4 seconds to find the options.

  11. Brian August 21, 2015 at 10:26 am -

    need your help, my tecno p3 is not accessing sim networking after hard resetting..what should i do?

  12. dominica August 19, 2015 at 3:34 pm -

    Goodpm sir, pls am having problems in downloading files with my infinix hot note. What should I do about it.

  13. dominica August 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm -

    Goodpm sir, pls am having problems in downloading files with my infinix hot note. What should I do about it. Thanks

    • Chekwas Ojike August 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm -

      If its a heavy file, I will advice you to download it over Wi-Fi or when your H+ (3.75G) network is strong. You may throw more light on the problem you are facing for more help from me.

  14. emmanuel August 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm -

    Pls our internet doctor, my tecno h7 no more get 3G network, whenever I switch on the 3G,network automatically disappears and will not show again until I change it to 2G again. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    • Chekwas Ojike August 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm -

      Hello Emmanuel, it may just be that 3G network is not strong in your area or you may have set the default network to 2G. Kindly check your network settings to be sure.

  15. Aijay August 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm -

    Hi, Please my techno y4 is not browsing with etisalat sim. Even though I have used the manual settings. Please what do I do? Thanks

  16. emekailo August 16, 2015 at 8:20 am -

    my nameis Emeka. I am 18year old i live with my sister in Lagos

  17. nwabu August 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm -

    good evening Sir,I would like to get from you manual configuration of INFINIX SURF Bravo X503 for glo Nigeria network which I use.Thanks and God bless.

  18. Jaspreet August 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm -

    My gionee p2s auto data connection &wi-fi turn on

    • Chekwas Ojike August 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm -

      Scroll down 👇 the notification bar to turn on your data connection

  19. Dharma July 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm -

    Please I have problem with my Gionee P2S. it always enable WLAN and Data, if I disabled it, I don’t know if you will help. Thanks

    • Gunasekar September 8, 2015 at 10:47 am -

      Please I have problem with my Gionee P2S. it always enable WLAN and Data, if I disabled it, I don’t know if you will help. Thanks

  20. Pelumi July 12, 2015 at 12:09 am -

    my infinix hot note’s 3g is not working again it keeps saying “Unfortunately,the process com.android. phone has stopped” What should I do. ???

    • Chekwas Ojike July 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm -

      You may want to back up and format your device

  21. ademolu July 11, 2015 at 11:34 pm -

    good evening pls I’ve been battling wit 3G on my tecno m3, each time I make effort to turn my 3G it brings E instead of 3G and each time I on d 3G, u know we have network under 3G like GSM, WCDMA ND (GSM/WCDMA auto mode) if I put it on gsm it will bring E also on auto mode but if i put it to wcdma it will disable my sim……and I’ve tried d wcdma on anoda m3 and it works….pls can b of help

    • Chekwas Ojike July 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm -

      I believe the problem is that 3G is not set to your preferred browsing SIM. For example, if you usually use Glo to browse, make sure 3G is enabled on you Glo SIM.

      To do this, got to Settings>>Mobile Network>Enable 3G and select your preferred data SIM.

      BR.

  22. ademolu July 11, 2015 at 11:33 pm -

    good evening pls I’ve been battling wit 3G on my tecno m3, each time I make effort to turn my 3G it brings E instead of 3G and each time I on d 3G, u knew we have network under 3G like GSM, WCDMA ND (GSM/WCDMA auto mode) if I put it on gsm it will bring E also on auto mode but if i put it to wcdma it will disable my sim……and I’ve tried d wcdma on anoda m3 and it works….pls can b of help

  23. Peterh July 8, 2015 at 10:25 am -

    Hello, Pls I restore the factory setting of my techno m3 and since then it was unable to connect to the internet and also the whatapps application is saying adjust date, and i have set the time and date correctly but the problem still persist. pls what can i do

    • Chekwas Ojike July 8, 2015 at 11:55 am -

      Don’t simply manually set the date, adjust it to always synchronise with your Network SIM. As for the interent proble, I believe your internet settings especially the APN has been altered. Check it and coreect it. Best regards.

  24. adoga July 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm -

    sir my 3g service just stopped working. if it is on 3g network it doesn’t browse at all. what should I do?

    • Chekwas Ojike July 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm -

      Make sure that 3G network service is strong where you are. Check your 3G network strength

  25. Chux June 4, 2015 at 3:10 am -

    How Can I turn on the 3G on my Gionee P2? its always on ‘E’…also my opera mini & UC browser does not browse. How do I configure it?

    • Chekwas Ojike June 4, 2015 at 9:52 am -

      Hi Chux,
      Go to your setings>>Mobile network>>3G service to turn on 3G and also set a preferred SIM for 3G network.
      Please note that if 3G network isn’t strong or available, you will be automatically switched to an Edge (E) network, ok?

  26. MD May 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm -

    hi there. kindly assist me restore my sim2 . it has IP dialing & thereby restricting incoming calls

    • Chekwas Ojike May 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm -

      kindly explain more what you mean. by IP dialling, do you mean VoIP calls?

  27. aisosa john ugiagbe May 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm -

    I have tried all networks. please help me out

  28. goddonz May 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm -

    my network is mtn.

    • Chekwas Ojike May 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm -

      Hello Goddonz,
      I just updated the main post today so you may want to take a look at it again. If none of what i wrote above worked for your device then I strongly advice you to take a look at this other post: How to set up the Access Point Name (APN) for your Android phone

      Then make sure your APN is correctly set to web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net The link above will show you how to do it.

  29. goddonz May 18, 2015 at 11:07 am -

    Can you pls assist me with my Gionee E5,i cant connect to the internet with my sim,i ve already tried the manual settings still no connection.thanks

    • Chekwas Ojike May 18, 2015 at 11:11 am -

      Please tell me the network you use so that I can further assist you.

  30. aisosa john ugiagbe May 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm -

    yes,i cnt find my 3G network mode on my gowin m5 version 4.2

  31. aisosa john ugiagbe May 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm -

    Your Comment
    gowin m5

    • Chekwas Ojike May 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm -

      Hello John, are you having problem with your Gowin device?

  32. aisosa john ugiagbe May 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm -

    Your Comment
    gowin m5

  33. aisosa john ugiagbe May 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm -

    i tryed it but i cant find 3G at my settings

    • Chekwas Ojike May 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm -

      please wha Android version is it so that I can help you further?

  34. Aisosa john ugiagbe May 7, 2015 at 10:03 pm -

    Who can i set my gowin m5 to use 3g network?

    • Chekwas Ojike May 8, 2015 at 9:49 am -

      Go to Settings>>Mobile Networks>> 3G service to turn it on or off

  35. angela April 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm -

    Plz does gowin m7 have 3g at al….and he du I set it

  36. solomon April 2, 2015 at 3:06 am -

    how do i switch to 3G network with my Gowin f7

  37. missy March 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm -

    hello chekwas ojike pls can u help me with my itel it1353? i want to no if it has 3G, if yes, i
    how do i configure it. thanks

    • Chekwas Ojike March 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm -

      Hi Missy, to check this, go to SETTINGS> Wireless & networks and tap on Dual card to see if UMTS or 3G is enabled on your device.

  38. Chibyke March 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm -

    please How can I set my Gowin A1 to 3g?

    • Chekwas Ojike March 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm -

      Hi Chibyke, to check this, go to SETTINGS> Wireless & networks and tap on Dual card to see if UMTS or 3G is enabled on your device.

  39. chibyke March 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm -

    pls does gowin a1 has 3g network?

    • Chekwas Ojike March 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm -

      Yes Gowin A1 has upto 3.5G network

      • Chibyke March 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm -

        but how can I set it

  40. Agesin felix March 18, 2015 at 6:24 am -

    I cannot access 3G network in my gowin m5 phone,please help me out

    • Chekwas Ojike March 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm -

      hello, go to SETTINGS> Mobile networks and make sure you didnt set your phone to use only 2G network.

  41. bola March 16, 2015 at 8:16 am -

    Am using gowin m8 I have not been able to set it to browse 3G.does it even have 3G?

    • Chekwas Ojike March 16, 2015 at 10:29 am -

      Hello Bola, Gowin M8 supports both 3G and 3.5G network

      • bayo August 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm -

        plz d problem is dt der is GSM, CDMA, & dual both it is asking for network id and priority b4 I can save d network I want plz reply me tru my mail so I can use 3g on my Gowin m8

        • Chekwas Ojike August 13, 2015 at 2:37 pm -

          I don’t think I got you clearly

  42. Abel Ter March 5, 2015 at 9:25 pm -

    i have gowin F7, but have not been able to set It to browse using 3G. does it even have 3G?. internet spec indicates it has

  43. Ella Mena August 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm -

    Please I cant browse with my new Gionee p2s, can someone tell me how to configure/activate the internet connection please.

    • Yakubu Yabkhan May 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm -

      D best way to configurate or Gionee P2.
      Go to d SMS to write (Internet space d model or phone) sent to 232)
      eg Internet Gionee P2

      • Chekwas Ojike May 8, 2015 at 9:47 am -

        Thank you Yakubu, does it work for all phones and any network?

  44. eric February 14, 2014 at 4:53 am -

    pls my gionee p2 aint browsing., guys pls help me on the settings

    • Chekwas Ojike February 14, 2014 at 6:02 am -

      Gionee P2 requires no manual internet configuration. Make sure your data is turned on and that you are within connectivity reach and that you have an active subscription or credit on your mobile.

      Tell us if thus simple process didn’t work for your device

      • Dushyant February 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm -

        hi sir in my gionee e 3 mobile i cant uploaded any photos in whatsapp an facebook… so how to set gprs connectivity setting in mobile…?

        • Chekwas Ojike February 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm -

          the internet connection for your E3 is automatic. Make sure you have a sufficient internet coverage, an active subscription and that you’ve turned your internet data on

      • janardhan March 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm -

        sir iam not able to connect to internet plz help me

      • Peace August 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm -

        I have an HTC CHA CHA Phone ever since it fell inside water,the screen stopped showing but it works,pls what can I do to make Its screen show,calls come in but I can see the screen,pls I’ll be grateful if am been replied,Thanks.

        • Chekwas Ojike August 25, 2015 at 8:05 am -

          Take it to a HTC centre or a phone technician

  45. eric February 14, 2014 at 4:51 am -

    This Gionee P2 has been giving me serious troubles., this is 3weeks i got the phone now and its still not browsing.., now am feeling so bad… please i need help if anyone knows what i can do to make it start browsing

  46. D'bayor Dann Akin's May 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm -

    tanks

  47. D'bayor Dann Akin's May 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm -

    tanks for d feedback.

  48. I Love Android devices May 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm -

    I learnt from a Tecno agent that it should be coming up this May. But as we stated in the main post, we can’t give a precise info on this product until it is released.

  49. Adekayero A. Tutuola May 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm -

    which one b Tecno F7 again o?

  50. D'bayor Dann Akin's May 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm -

    pls any news of d yet to release tecno f7, abt d real spec and lunchin date?