Help Setting up Straight Talk Data and MMS on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Running Android 4

Set up Your Access Point Name (APN) Settings

Look up your APN settings on the Straight Talk website and enter them into your phone’s APN settings. Test your data and internet connection. Once your data connection is working, then test MMS picture messages and group texts.

Look up Your APN Settings

Visit the Straight Talk Wireless Support website to look up you APN information.
Click here to visit the Straight Talk Wireless website. Enter your phone number and use Android 4.0 & 4.1 as your phone type and click Search. The website should display your APN settings.



Straight Talk Wireless uses there different APN settings:

Straight Talk Wireless APN Settings




The APN Settings from the Straight Talk web site may not exactly match the APN settings page in your smartphone. You may also need to enter some additional APN settings not supplied on Straight Talk’s website. Match the APN returned from the website to correct group below.

APN Settings

Name: tfdata
APN: tfdata
MMS proxy:
MMS Port: 80
APN Type: default, mms, wap
MCC: 310
MNC: 410


Name: wap.tracfone
APN: wap.tracfone
Port: 8080
APN Type: default, mms, supl
MCC: 310
MNC: 410


Name: att.mvno
APN: att.mvno
MMS Proxy:
MMS proxy port: 80
APN Type: default, mms, wap
MCC: 310
MNC: 410

Set Up Your APN

After you have looked up the APN settings for your phone number, enter them into your phone’s settings. The steps below may not exactly match your phone. Each phone manufacturer seems to change the steps on their phone a little bit. Please leave a comment if you have corrections.

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Wireless and Networks or More…
  3. Tap Access Points
  4. Tap Menu
  5. Tap New APN
  6. Tap Name
  7. Type a name (eg. tfdata, wap.tracfone, or att.mvno)
  8. Tap APN
  9. Enter your APN (e.g. tfdata, wap.tracfone, or att.mvno)
  10. Tap MMSC
  11. Enter your MMSC
  12. Tap MMS Proxy
  13. Enter your MMS Proxy
  14. Tap MMS port
  15. Enter your MMS port
  16. Tap MCC
  17. Enter your MCC (if not already previously entered)
  18. Tap MNC
  19. Enter your MNC (if not already previously entered)
  20. Enter Your APN Type (I recommend you only add this if MMS doesn’t work the first time)
  21. type in the values for your APN type from above
  22. Tap Menu
  23. Tap Save

Test Your Internet and Data Connection

To test your data connection, restart your phone, turn off your wi-fi, and use your web browser to visit some web pages and verify the display.

Restart Your Phone

It’s a good idea to restart your phone before testing your data connection.

  1. Press and Hold the Power key
  2. Tap Power Off
  3. Press and Hold the Power key until the phone starts

Turn Off Wi-Fi

Turn off your Wi-Fi, so your phone will try to use its data connection.

  1. Tap Menu
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Wireless and Networks or More…
  4. Tap Wi-Fi ON to turn Wi-Fi OFF

Open Chrome or Your Browser and Visit Some Web sites

  1. Tap Home
  2. Tap All Apps
  3. Tap Chrome or your phone’s default web browser
  4. Tap the address bar
  5. Enter
  6. Verify is displayed.
  7. Visit several links on or other sites to make sure your Internet is working.


If you are able to browser the Web, your internet / data connection works. Continue to Set up MMS Picture Messages and Group Texts

If is NOT displayed there is a problem with your APN.

  1. Repeat the steps above and edit your APN. Verify you entered the APN correctly and save
  2. If you have more than one APN in APNs list, try removing them.
  3. Repeat the steps to test your data and Internet connection.

If your internet or data connection still doesn’t work:

  1. Repeat the steps above to return to the APNs list.
  2. From APNs, Tap Menu
  3. Tap Reset to Default, re-enter your APN and try the steps again.

If your data connection still does not work, you can repeat trying the other two APNs listed above. If that doesn’t work, leave a comment on this page and we will try to help you.

Continue to the next page to test MMS picture messages


  1. Sha | | Reply

    I have a Galaxy S4 from At&t that is provisioned for ST and I have been using it with no issues for a while now with the correct APN settings. However, after the new Android update (5.0.1) there is now an APN setting for AT&T that I cannot delete. The straight talk APN settings are still there, but I can only text and call, and even then it shows I have no service almost everywhere when before I had no problem. I am at a loss on how to get my data back.

  2. Cortney | | Reply

    I have a samsung galaxy s4 lte (believe it either runs off of at&t or verizon) not sure how to tell.. I cannot recieve picture messages from other android users.. I will try to download the picture and no matter what it will not download. I can, though, send picture messages. I’ve reset my apn settings, tried all sorts of different apn settings that I’ve seen other people using.. and still nothing. This is the only problem I have run into with this phone, but it’s almost frustrating enough to get rid of straight talk all-together and go somewhere else.

  3. Laura | | Reply

    I have a Samsung galaxy s4 with straight talk (att) and everything works except for sending/receiving picture messages. How do I fix this?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Did you follow the instructions on all four pages of the article?

  4. Dawn Lemcool | | Reply

    Can not send mms texts not even when I am on Wifi but I can receive them. No problem with my Internet either. Tried every different APN setting I could find, did a factory reset and spent almost 2 hrs on the phone with technical support. I never had this problem before and have had this phone for about 8 mths. I sent a couple mms texts in the morning and went to send one that afternoon and it wouldn’t send. Please help me.

  5. Help | | Reply

    My atnt s4 Straight talk apns arent working at all help please

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Use the link on page 2 of this article to look up your apn, what is it?

  6. Tara | | Reply

    Hi. I recently bought a Verizon S4 on ebay (not from China) that was listed as being able to work on the ST network. I switched my SIM card out from my old S3 (not sure what SIM it is but it’s white) and played with the APN setting forever. I’m still having issues with sending pics, have the “H+” at the top with only two bars. I’m in a great area where coverage should be perfect. Any help you could offer would be wonderful. I don’t even know what network I’m on!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Use the link in the article to look up your APN settings. What are they? If you think you entered them correctly. Try setting your APN type to default,mms,wap for Straight Talk’s ATT network and default,mms,supl for Straight Talk’s TMobile network.

  7. katie ard | | Reply

    I used your help earlier this year when I was getting a blu studio on the tmobile net work and you were awesome. however I took my old Samsung galaxy 4 from work and factory reset it and used my tmobile sim card and I can use the internet and make phone calls but unless I am on wifi I cant send text messages please help

    thank you so much!

  8. Minnny | | Reply

    I have a straight talk Galaxy S4 that runs off att. I used you advice for the APN and now my phone is able to send photos. Thank you. I cannot connect to Amazon App using mobile data only Wi-Fi. Can you please help me bob?

      • Minnny | | Reply

        To all,

        After I Took off Power Saving Option and everything works great.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Minnny,
          Really? So after turning off the power save, your apn stopped switching?

          • Minnny | |

            Hello Bob,

            Well after I took off power save I was able to send pictures through messaging and my apps started to work. I had problems with the Walmart App and Amazon App. (since those were the ones I was using at the time). And intermitting would not get internet from what I think was because of the power saving option. I have had absolutely no problems with my phone since.

            I think I was wrong about the APN being a problem. It is a straight talk Galaxy 4s using ATT towers. My dads wife has the exact same phone and I called her and her APN was set up exactly the same way as mine. She then mention she has a similar experience with internet problems (not working) but once she turned off the power save everything worked just fine. So I turned it off restarted the phone and then I was able to send photos and able to get 100% internet all of the time. My battery life is not affected by taking off power save.

            ok sorry it took me so long to reply ;(

  9. Cjt | | Reply

    I have a samsung galaxy s4 originally from verizon. I have the lte sim for at&t. I’ve setup my apns and everything works great from my house (not lte service). However, when i was in lte service today, i tried sending a regular text message, but it wouldn’t send. I kept retrying, but until i left the lte area, it wouldn’t send. Once i was back in h+, i had no problem sending the text (no changes to apns). Any ideas how to fix???

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi CJT,
      I am not sure what the problem is, but the APN doesn’t doesn’t have any effect on SMS or plain text messages. The APN is for data an MMS, eg. picture messages and group texts.

      When you are at home does your phone show that it’s connected to the network HOME? When you had LTE was it also connected to HOME? Where you able to make voice calls? Did data work when you had LTE?

      • Cjt | | Reply

        Not sure about being connected to home, but data & picture messages on lte work fine, just not plain texts. Everything works fine on h+ without wifi too. So very odd.

  10. Stacy | | Reply

    Thanks so much! Your website provided the help to get my phone working properly (unlike the straight talk websites and customer (un)service center

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      You are welcome.
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  11. mark | | Reply

    So thankful for your website. Straight Talk left out a key setting for my phone. As others have also had problems with Android 5.0 and Samsung Galaxy 4 (AT&T), I tried 50 or more different APN settings before I finally found your site.

    So for me, the missing ingredient was the APN Type. My phone default only showed “default” and “hipri”. I updated to “default, mms, wap”. It still didn’t work at first. Then I did a ‘reset’, started over, entered all the settings again, then after about an hour a whole backlog of picture messages all went through! FINALLY!

    Thanks again for posting this helpful info. I only wish Straight Talk had better information on their site.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Mark,
      thanks for the kind words. Yes I set up this site after trying to figure this all out for my iPhone, which was actually more complicated to set up than Android. I got so many request for help with other phones, I started to create pages for different phones.

      In the past, I actually had a few readers tell me that Straight Talk support told them to come to smartphonematters for help. I have no idea if thats true, but it was kind of fun to hear.

      On a more serious note, I’d think they would save a ton of money on support calls if they create some better support materials.

      Glad you got your phone working.


  12. Jacob | | Reply

    Hey, I read through each page carefully as well as the comments, and my 4g is working. I set up all the apn settings on my galaxy s4 that i converted from at & t to straight talk. so my 4g is working, i even reseted the apns to default and made the apn Again with all the correct values. But i still cant send mms. Can you help me please?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Did you set your APN type to default,mms,wap?

      • Jacob | | Reply

        Yes. I set it to default, mms, wap

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Jacob,
          You can send me some screenshots of your APN to look at if you want. Send them to bob (at the name of this website).

          You can do that first or you might want to try this.
          Try this. Note I did this on my nexus, you should be able to do this on your phone.
          You are going to put your phone in recovery mode and clear the cache!

          Turn your phone off
          once off, hold the volume down. and the power key
          use the volume up until you see recovery mode
          tap the power button
          After the phone restarts,
          volume up
          scroll to Wipe the Cache Partition
          Tap the power to select
          Reboot system is selected in the menu
          tap power key

          wait for reboot.
          Follow the guide again and use the APN values below.

          A couple of notes.
          You can backup you phone before you do this, but it shouldn’t erase any data
          I did it to my phone 15 minutes ago to make sure it was safe to recommend to you.
          I didn’t notice any data missing on my phone.
          My nexus 5 is my second phone, so all I can say is all my pics and texts were still there.
          My MMS already worked, so I can only say it worked for someone else.

          This youtube video is pretty good to see how to do use recovery mode on the nexus 5. PLEASE NOTE, he is selecting a DIFFERENT OPTION than the one you want to choose. you want ******Wipe the Cache Partition*****

          Please let me know if you try this or not and how you make out.

          • Jacob | |

            I dunno.. i’m pretty skeptical about it i have a lot of things in myphone i dont want to redownload or try and replace Yaknow? And are you sure i will be able to do that on my Galaxy S4?

          • Jacob | |

            Cause you know, galaxy, Nexus.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            It should work on any android phone. It shouldn’t erase any data from your phone. You should always backup your phone. I can’t guarantee it fill fix you problem. You can also Google to see what people are saying about doing this on the s4. I am pretty sure other readers here have done it. It’s been a while.

    • Angela Crowley | | Reply

      the problem with mine was nothing to do with apn it was turning power saving mode off, worked for many other people too 🙂

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi Angela,
        thanks for sharing that. I hadn’t heard that solution before.

  13. Christina | | Reply

    My phone just updated to Android 5.0.1. Now I can no longer send pictures. My apn settings are:

    Name: tfdata
    APN: tfdata
    MMS proxy:
    MMS port: 80
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 410
    APN type: default, mms, wap

      • Christina | | Reply

        Ugh! No, that didn’t work.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          what value are you using for your MMS proxy?

          • Christina | |


          • Christina | |

            We got it working. I didn’t have 80 in “port”, just “mms port”.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Christina,
            Glad to hear that. 80 is the “default”. Surprised it didn’t work without it. Glad it’s working now.

  14. Rinoa | | Reply

    I have a samsung s4, straight talk, non ported number, att sim card. I am able to access internet including this site on there. I am unable to send and receive mms pictures. I’m not sure what I did but now I am also unable to send regular messages now. Through hangouts it works. Here is what I have programmed:

    Name: new
    APN: tfdata
    Multimedia message proxy:
    multimedia message port: 80
    mcc: 310
    mnc: 410
    apn type: tfdata

    All else are basically Not Set. There’s one other APN called ‘ATT phone’ that I am unable to edit.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Rinoa,
      Your APN settings are not correct. Talk a look at all four pages of the article you commented on and set up your APN again.

      • Rinoa | | Reply

        I went through it again using:

        Name: tfdata
        APN: tfdata
        MMS proxy:
        MMS Port: 80
        APN Type: default, mms, wap
        MCC: 310
        MNC: 410

        Still nothing. On page 2, step 20 I tried both ways. In my access point settings, i have both proxy/port and multimedia message proxy/multimedia message port. I tried setting one. then the other. then both. Same results.

        Straight talk site shows:

        APN tfdata
        MMS PROXY
        MMS PORT 80
        MMS_APN tfdata

        What exactly do I need to set?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Those look right.
          I’d try going to the APN settings page. Select reset to default and then edit and delete all the apns. Create a new one and reentering the values. These seems to work for many people. It’s strange that your sms text messaging stopped working. The an settings have no effect on sms messages only mms messages.

        • Mary Ann | | Reply

          Bob, just wanted to say that the settings that Rinoa listed above worked for me (the ones she lists after saying she just went through it all again). I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T unlocked) that just updated to Android 5.0.1 OTA yesterday. Everything seemed to go well, but I realized I couldn’t receive MMS messages, and kept getting a “no data connection” message if I wasn’t connected to WIFI.

          I did what you suggested, and reset the APN’s to default and then created a new APN. Whew! Your site is very helpful, thank you.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Mary Ann,
            That is great news. For some reason, that reset seems to do the trick for people. I am glad the site helped you.
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  15. Darin | | Reply

    I need your help. Your website helped me fix the ability to send a picture text message and send a group text when I first set it up on straight talk.. Sadly my phone has no longer sends pics via text or group text. It has reverted back to its original problem. I didn’t change a thing. I have searched tirelessly and can’t get it to work. I have a galaxy s4 from t-mobile. The crazy thing is each time I change the MNC to 410 then save it. The phone deletes it. It’s gone! Any idea?? I can receive text pictures and group texts but can’t send. I can send a text out.

    Everything else is set as far as APN as you have explained.


      • Darin | | Reply

        APN Settings

        APN wap.tracfone
        PORT 8080
        MMS_APN wap.tracfone

        This is what I get when I enter in the fields.

      • Darin | | Reply

        This is the apn settings I used in the past that used to work. Then just a few days ago I I couldn’t send a mms text.

        NAME straight talk
        APN tfdata
        PORT 80
        MMS PROXY
        MMS PORT 80

      • Chasity | | Reply

        I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 that i am using through Straight Talk. When I called to have the phone activated they walked me through setting up the VPN. I was able to send and receive messages when it was first set up but now i can only receive messages but not reply to single messages or group texts. How do I fix this?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Chasity,
          Try setting up your APN again using the instructions in the artcile you left the comment on. Try setting your APN type to default,mms,wap.

  16. Catherine | | Reply

    I have successfully connect 4g connection on my Samsung Galaxy S4 but it doesn’t want to get the 4gLTE what should I change on de APN setting or do u know other option to add it? My phone don’t want to run correctly without the LTE. Thanks

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Catherine,
      I am not sure I understand. How do you know your phone has 4G, but not 4G LTE? What doesn’t work on your phone? voice calls? text messages? cellular data? MMS picture messages?
      Did you try following the instructions in this article to set up your APN?

  17. Brittany | | Reply

    I was given a Galaxy 3 from sprint by my best friend when she got her upgrade, and Straight Talk will not let me activate it! I even called, but they keep telling me it isn’t compatible. Really bummed out, since the phone I currently have is a piece of crap and I do not want to spend $300 on a nice new phone! Might just go to virgin mobile, or elsewhere if I can’t resolve this.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Brittany,
      Your Galaxy S3 needs to be eligible to use it on Straight Talk’s Sprint network. They don’t publish the list of criteria that makes a phone eligible. Generally its believed the phone needs to not have been reported lost or stolen and the account it came from was in good standing. This means the account doesn’t have an outstanding balance and the contract is up of the EFT was paid.

      Contact Sprint and ask them if the phone has a bad ESN. If it doesn’t, you should be able to use it one of the prepaid wireless companies that use the Sprint network. You can check with PagePlus, Red Pocket, and several others such as Virgin Mobile.

      You might be able to use the phone with the Straight Talk ATT or TMobile network if you the prevoius owner can get Sprint to unlock it for you. Unlocking Your AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone

  18. Tiffany F. | | Reply

    I have an S4 Active that I got from At&t. I recently switched it to Straight Talk. Since the switch, everything works fine. The only problem is that I cannot send or receive picture messages. No matter if I am on wifi or data, it continues to tell me it failed and to try again later. A few days ago I spent over an hour on the phone with Straight Talk techs trying to change the APN and all that. Even tried to set the Hangout App as my default messaging app and still nothing. I would love it if someone, ANYONE could assist me in fixing the problem. It is ever so infuriating.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Tiffany,
      Did you follow the instructions in the article? Have you tried setting your APN type to default,mms,wap?

    • Tina | | Reply

      Make sure you do not have any spaces between the words or commas when you type “default,mms,wap” (the instructions above make it look like there should be spaces). I just got an s4 active and was having the same problem until I removed the spaces.
      These are the exact settings I used:
      Name: tfdata
      APN: tfdata
      MMS proxy:
      MMS Port: 80
      APN Type: default,mms,wap
      MCC: 310
      MNC: 410

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi Tina,
        Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll update the article to remove the spaces.

  19. Sarah brown | | Reply

    My phone is overheating and also can not connect to Web without wifi how do I connect and set my phone up correctly

  20. Christina | | Reply

    I already had straight talk service with an unlocked iphone. I bought a Samsung Galaxy that is not unlocked (but I have the request sent to AT&T to unlock the phone). I have all the settings in but still won’t send picture messages. Do I have to wait until the phone is officially unlocked before these will go through?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Christina,
      Generally speaking, your ATT smartphone doesn’t need to be unlocked to use it with Straight Talk. Some readers claim that unlocking their phone have solved MMS problems, but MMS works for many people with locked phones so its not definitive.

      there are some other things you can try though. first, make sure you set your APN type to default,mms,wap . If that doesn’t work, try going to your APNs page in settings and choosing Reset to Default. After that, edit each APN in the list and delete it. After deleting all the APNs, create a new one and set the values again. A lot of people find this helps. It could be removing all the APNs resets something in the phone or that people end up correcting mistakes made entering their APN the first time.


  21. Nadia | | Reply

    Does the at&t Galaxy s4 take the same Sim as the s4 active for Straight talk?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Nadia,
      Both phones should use the same size SIM, a micro SIM. But, if your bought an S4 active from Straight Talk I am not sure what network it is using. The Straight Ta;l ATT and Straight Talk T-Mobile compatible network both use SIMs. A Straight Talk S4 Active could also be using Straight Talk’s verizon or sprint compatible network.
      Let me know if you have more questions.

  22. Araya massive | | Reply

    I have a galaxy s4 tmobil but I already put a straight talk unlimited card on it …. I still don’t have internet so what do I do

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Araya,
      Follow the instructions on all of the pages on the article you left the comment on. Look up your APN settings on the Straight Talk web site using the link I provided. Set your APN on your phone. Let me know how it goes.

  23. ash | | Reply

    My mms still isn’t working. But I can still access the internet. I did what you said but I’m getting discouraged… Here are my settings…
    APN: tfdata mms (tried with just tfdata before and then added mms but mms isn’t working yet)
    Mm proxy:
    Mm port:80
    Mnc: 410
    Apn type: default, mms, wap

  24. ash | | Reply

    Default, mms, wap

  25. Ash | | Reply

    HI! I recently bought an At&T Galaxy S4 but was using an Iphone 4S with Straighttalk. I finally was able to get my internet working with the Galaxy from using this site but cannot get the picture messaging to work…I am using APN tfdata. Please help! Thank you!!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      hi Ash,
      Did you set the APN type?

      • ash | | Reply

        Yes I did. Used what your site said to as well as straight talks site

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          What values did you put in the APN type?

          • ash | |

            Default, mms, wap

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Ash,
            Two things to try.
            Go to the APN settings page, do a reset to defaults.
            Delete any APNs left in the list after the reset.
            Create a new APN with your settings and test.

            Some readers have set their APN to tfdata mms and reported it worked. That doesn’t work for me. If fact my data stops working when I do that.

            Let me know how it goes.


  26. Christina | | Reply

    I’m getting so much mixed answers about my galaxy s4. I want to switch to straight talk but most everyone is saying I can’t bring mine because it’s a verizon phone. Some say I can if I just give it a random imei number. Can I really do that? When I go to the straight talk site and see about bringing my phone my zip code checks out ok but when I put in my real imei it says not eligible. Mine is a verizon phone but does have a sim card slot with a sim card in it. I would LOVE it if I could use my phone I already have but if I can’t, I don’t want to waste $60 on the straight talk kit. I hope I’ve given you enough info to help me out. Thanks in advance.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Christina,
      If you entered your IMEI/MEID into the Straight Talk website, and it says it’s not eligible the. You can’t use it on straight talk’s Verizon network. You can’t activate it by entering a fake MEID.

      But, straight talk also uses the ATT and Tmobile networks and your phone should be compatible with those. When you sign up to use one of those networks, you activate a SIM, and put the SIM in your phone. The sim slot on your Verizon s4 is unlocked so all this works.

      This means if your willing to use the att or tmobile networks, ST is an option for you. If those networks don’t work well were you live, or you want to be on the Verizon network ST isn’t the best choice.

      Further, the ST Verizon network is 3G only. Much slower than Verizon’s 4G LTE network. When you use your S4 with ST’s att network you’ll get 4g or 4g lte service which is faster.

      I haven’t used it myself, but you should also check out Verizon prepaid which recently started offering LTE on their prepaid network. See Verizon Prepaid Now Offers 4G LTE!

      Let me know how it goes or if you have more questions.


      • Christina | | Reply

        Well I was able to make it work, however, I don’t seem to have very good reception, which is surprising and disappointing because my boyfriend has At and T and gets decent reception anywhere we go. (all I have are 2 bars and an H, instead of 4g or 1x?) I was able to change the APN settings but unable to delete the old ones- for some reason it won’t even allow me to click on the verizon settings now? It still says verizon when the phone is powering on and every time I power it on, it gives me a warning that the sim card is from an unknown source. Is there something(s) I missed that I need to do still? Thanks again.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Christina,
          The Verizon logo you see when you power on the phone is part of the software on your phone, that will not change. It’s just an picture that gets displayed. It’s not a sign that something is wrong.

          If you see an H in your status bar it means you are getting a 3G / 4G data connection which is good. As far as I know your phone will never display a 4G in the status bar. H, maybe H+, or LTE. Seeing a 1x would mean you have an painfully slow data connection.

          Download the this app and measure your data speeds.
          Let me know what they are.

          As for the number of bars, I am not sure what the issue is. Look in you Mobil network settings. what is your preferred network type set to?

          If the Verizon APN settings aren’t selected or active they shouldn’t be an issue.

          you mentioned you are only getting 2 bars, are you noticing an issue with call quality?


  27. Chandler | | Reply

    I bought a straight talk Galaxy s4 a few months ago. Data and mms worked fine then it randomly stopped. I’ve tried everything shown and nothing is changing. It’s only showing my service bars, no network indicator or anything. When I try to use the straight talk website to find the settings for my phone it says my number does not exist. Don’t know what to do next.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Chandler,
      I am not sure which Straight Talk network your Galaxy S4 is using. If you dialed a activation code, when you set it up its using the verizon or sprint network. I’d recommend dialing that activation sequence again. That is supposed to program your APN settings. Try it. if it doesn’t work, contact Straight Talk support using live chat and ask them for help.
      Let me know how it goes, and if your phone is using a SIM card


  28. Michelle | | Reply

    I have been at this for hours. Not working. Have the at&t sim. Used the first tf data. Yes I put the apn type. Have deleted all other apns and have set default and tried again. NOTHING will work. 4g is not even on my bar at the top! Please help!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      Sorry to hear that your phone is working. if you turn off Wi-Fi, you should see the cellular network connection and network indicator in your status bar regardless of whether you set the APN or not. You did not mention it, but I will assume that you are able to make/receive voice calls and send/receive SMS text messages. If not, setting the APN isn’t going to help.

      A few things to check. Are you sure you are using the ST att sim? What color was the plastic card your SIM came out of? Do you know for a fact that the att network has coverage in your area? What is the model number of your phone?


  29. elvira vega | | Reply

    I have the samsung galaxy s4 att but I’m using it with straight talk. I could receive messages but it won’t let me send message. Help plz

  30. stephanie | | Reply

    Have a at&t galaxy s5 with a straight talk Sims card using straight talk service. I can not send with my email or send mms picture messages can you help with this issue?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Stephanie,
      Did you follow the instructions to set up your APN? When you say you can get email do you mean your cellular data isn’t working or just your email? Are you able to browse the web without wi-fi?

  31. Callie | | Reply

    I have a galaxy s 5 on tmobile unlocked that I can’t figure the pan settings for. Please help!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Follow the help page you left the comment on but use
      Name: T-MOBILE
      APN: but you it’s an LTE Device, use: instead




      MMS proxy:

      MMS port:

      MCC: 310
      MNC: 260
      Authentication type:

      APN type: default,supl,mms
      APN Protocol: Leave it to the Default one

      Let me know how it goes.

  32. Hiram Thomas | | Reply

    hi i have the chineesse verison of a galaxy note3 and when i talk on the phone people cannot hear me but i can hear them why and i need the apn setting i am with straight talk and why i can not send nor reiceve picture message i why i cannot text the person first they have to text me first then i can text them

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Hiram,
      Because I get so much spam, the comments on this web site need to be approved. You don’t need to leave the same comment on several posts

  33. jessica storlie | | Reply

    i have a HTM t9500-b android. i was told it was a samsung galaxy 3. it has dual SIM. i just tried activating it with Straight Talk and its not working. at all. its saying there is NO SIM. i transferred my old phone number from VERIZON. what am i doing wrong?? why isn’t it working? its saying it transferred?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Jessica,
      Unfortunately, your phone is not a Samsung Galaxy S3. Its an inexpensive Chinese made phone designed to look like a Samsung phone.
      Did it come in a box like this? The HTM is styled to look like HTC, a name brand phone maker.

      These Chinese made android phone have limited compatibility with US GSM networks. Most of the times, readers tell me they can make voice calls but the data doesn’t work. Sometimes data does work, but if so it’s really slow.

      I doubt you will be happy with this phone. Your best option is to return this phone and buy a name brand phone that is compatible with 3G / 4G / 4G LTE data. If you are sending $45+ a month for an unlimited data plan, and you need to buy a phone getting, you want to be able to use at least 3G.

      I am surprised voice isn’t working though. Did your Verizon phone stop working? If so, the number transfer most likely went through. If not your service has not be properly transferred.

      Where did you get your Straight Talk SIM? Are you using Straight Talk’s att or Straight Talk’s tmobile SIM? I am suprised the phone says NO SIM. Try the other SIM slot to see if it works.

      Let me know.

  34. Mike | | Reply

    Do you have set-up for Galaxy S5 or is it the same as S4?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Mike,
      It should be close enough to follow. Give it a try.

  35. tracy | | Reply

    i have a cloned htm android t9500 from china..i bought thd sim card from straight talk its tmobile and have done everything im suppose to..i can send an recieve messages and make calls but cant get the internet.

  36. Beth | | Reply

    I have an ATT Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, I bought the ATT Straight Talk Sim Card, and it says I have 4g LTE, but I cannot send MMS. I have tried at least 5 different APN settings, and nothing. HELP!?!?!?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Beth,
      What settings are you using. Did you enter the APN type?

  37. Dustin | | Reply

    okay, i have tried for days to receive picture messages on my Att compatible straight talk android 4.3 galaxy s4 active. i have tried multiple apn settings, im a long time straight talk customer so the number isnt new. ive talked to three straight talk reps none of which were of much help. i switched sims from a family member who uses the same service same phone to ensure it isnt phone issue and they were able to receive pictures on my phone with their sim. i am at a loss for what to do at this point. any advice?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Dustin,
      Are you using Straight Talk’s AT&T network-compatible SIM or Straight’s Talk T-Mobile network-compatible SIM? Visit the Straight Talk website to look up your APN settings. Use your phone number and your phone type select  Android 4.0 & 4.1. What does the site return for your APN settings?


      • Dustin | | Reply

        Hello Bob,

        I have the straight talk At&t compatible sim, it brings me the tfdata settings and i have tried to add default, mms, wap to apn type with no luck so far. ive talked to 3 representatives for straight talk, one told me he had to update something with my system an should work within an hour, no luck. another told me to google it, and the last one is sending me a new sim card.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Dustin,
          A new SIM might help. I think sometimes when they can’t figure out the problem, transferring to a new SIM helps. Resets whatever the issue is.

  38. Kara | | Reply

    Hello, I just got an AT&T Galaxy S4 to use with straighttalk. I was previously using an AT&T iPhone 4s with straighttalk. With my iPhone I was able to get data and mms. With my Galaxy the data works but not MMS. My sister has the same phone (SGS4) running on straighttalk with no mms problems. I copied her APN settings and still have problems. I used the tfdata apn settings if that helps at all.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Kara,
      Did you just move your SIM from the iPhone to the S4?
      If you swap SIMs with your sister, you can see if your SIM works in her phone and her SIM works in your phone. This will tell you if there is an iise wit the SIM or the phone
      you can also go into the APN settings, do a reset to default, delete any existing APNs and reenter your APN settings.

      Let me know

      • Kara | | Reply

        Yes I did… Should I have bought a new sim when I switched phones? I will try her phone if I can and try the reset to default. Hopefully I can figure something out.. I’ll keep you posted if something works!

        • Kara | | Reply

          After putting in the same tfdata apn settings what seems like 100 times it finally worked! My guess is resetting the defaults helped, even though I started with a brand new phone.

          • Roke | |

            For all users that bought a Samsung S4 w/SIM on the APN type you have to include what the old AT&T setting had which is default,mms,supl,hipri,fota. Reboot and it should work. I received all 4 photos my wife was trying to send me from the previous days plus the two that I sent earlier when it did not work with Straight Talks recommendations. In essence use what the carrier was using when it was still locked under their services.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Roke,
            thanks for the tip. I’ll have to tell people to try that. A lot of times an APN of default,mms,wap seems to fix issues when using the Straight Talk ATT SIM.

  39. jennifer | | Reply

    I want to know please if this at&t android version 4.0.4 is compatable with strighttalk sevices

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      An att samsung galaxy s4 running android 4.0.4 should work with straight talk

  40. Timmy | | Reply

    Galaxy s2 wont recieve pic messages its at&t tobstraight tslk please hrpl

  41. Henry Hung Tran | | Reply

    I have Samsung Galaxy S4 as above. First time follow instruction and get internet 4G LTE. Before yesterday, phone appeared requires download and it automatic did. Until today my phone does not have internet anymore. Would you pleas help, any question I will provide. Thanks.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      If you downloaded an android update, you may want to try a reset to default on the APN screen then re enter your APN.
      Let me know how it goes.

  42. Henry Hung Tran | | Reply

    I do have Samsung Galaxy S4 as above using Straight talk. Go setting, ADN, user name, proxy port:80
    Save. Test… It is O.K.
    But before yesterday, phone appeared message update require.And it auto update. Until today it does not have internet at all when we turn off wifi.If you need any more information I will do that. Would you please help, thanks so much. Sincerely.

  43. Mina | | Reply

    Hello, so i can not get my MMS Straight talk to work and my internet is deathly slow, i have a factory unlocked Galaxy s4 and i checked it with ATT and made sure it was not illegally unlocked.

    But my settings currently in my APN are exactly what yours are, but do i need to delete the “Cingular” APN that i disabled and only have the TFdata one?

    I currently am using the Straight talk – TFdata- Mms3-tracfone ect.ect. one and im so annoyed straight talk will not help me, my boyfriend has AT&T and he gets service everywhere and when his gets service, mine gets none at all. :C

    thanks :3

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Mina,
      I am sure you tried this already, but if you haven’t restart your phone. Power it down an up again. Sometimes this fixes the problem. If data is still slow.

      Now Lets see what type of data connection you are getting…
      When you turn off Wi-Fi, and test your cellular data connection using the web browser, what do you see in your status bar? How many bars do you see? There should also be a network speed indicator. Do see an E, 3G, 4G or 4G LTE? Press and hold the power and volume down key to take a screenshot. I may need you to email it to me.

      Next your SIM
      Straight Talk sells both ATT and T-Mobile network compatible SIMs. Do you know which SIM you are using? the Straight Talk ATT SIM usually comes on a blue card and the T-Mobile on a pink card. If you are using a T-Mobile sim, that could be the cause of the problem. Usually the tfdata APN is for the ST ATT network.

      Look in Settings->More->Mobile Networks. Do you have a Preferred network type. Is it set to 2G, 3G, or LTE? It should be set to LTE. I’m not sure if the S4 has this setting or if steps are labeled the same. I am looking on my Nexus 5. Restart your phone afterwards.

      If this doesn’t work and you have any more questions, feel free to ask. If you get a chance, I’d love to hear back with an update of how things worked out.

      • Noemi | | Reply

        I have a sim unlocked sprint Galaxy s4 running 4.4.2 I’ve tried everything I can’t get mms at all Help!!! I’m a mother of 4 this is what my babysitter uses to tattle lol please help me I can’t find any help I’m using net10 AT&T sim great 4g respect ion

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Noemi,
          Try following my Nexus 5 guide. Look up your APN on the net10 website using the link in the guide.
          How to Set up Net10 Wireless Data and MMS on Your Nexus 5 Running Android 4.4

          Make sure to set the APN type.

          Before you start, you might want to go to the APN settings page, do a Reset to Default, then edit each existing APN and delete it. That way you are starting with a fresh APN.

          Make sure to test both sending and receiving.


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