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

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

This post is updated 5/18/2015.

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, 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.

How to Set up Android phone internet connection for your device.

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 o surf the internet. Normally G and sometmes a weak EDGE or a fluctuating 3G network will hardly download and send data over the internet.
  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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42 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

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

    I have tried all networks. please help me out

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

    my network is mtn.

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

      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 The link above will show you how to do it.

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

    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 - Reply

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

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

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

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

    Your Comment
    gowin m5

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

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

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

    Your Comment
    gowin m5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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 - Reply

      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.

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

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

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

      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.

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

    pls does gowin a1 has 3g network?

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

      Yes Gowin A1 has upto 3.5G network

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

        but how can I set it

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

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

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

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

  15. bola March 16, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    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 - Reply

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

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

    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

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

    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 - Reply

      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 - Reply

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

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

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

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

      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 - Reply

        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 - Reply

          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 - Reply

        sir iam not able to connect to internet plz help me

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

    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

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


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

    tanks for d feedback.

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

    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.

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

    which one b Tecno F7 again o?

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

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

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