How to Setup Net10 Web, Data, and MMS for your iPhone running iOS 6


UPDATE: 10/8/2013
I have a new guide for iOS 7.
How to Set up Net10 Web, Data, and MMS for Your iPhone Running iOS 7

UPDATE: NOV 19 2013

Many readers are reporting problems that they are having trouble sending or receiving MMS over the last few days. If you are having a problem please leave a comment here: I Can’t Receive MMS Picture Messages Using Straight Talk or Net10 on My iPhone Using iOS 7.0.4

I wrote this guide to share with you how I setup Net10 Wireless Access Point Name or APN for Data and MMS Picture Messaging to work on my iPhone 5. The guide should work for any iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, or iPhone 5 that is running iOS 6.

If you have an iPhone running iOS 6 and your Data, your MMS, or neither are working, read on. If your  Net10 Data or MMS is not working for some other phone, you can leave a comment on this page.

If you are looking for the  Net10 network settings  or Net10 internet settings or Net10 APN this is the guide for you. If your voice and / or SMS isn’t working, this guide won’t help.  You can leave a comment on this page other readers may be able to help.

Configuring the Data and MMS APN for iPhone and Net10 Wireless

You can use two different methods to configure your iPhone’s APN. Method 1 only configures your data APN, but not MMS. Use Method 1, if you don’t care about picture messaging (MMS). Use  Method 2 if you want MMS or Picture Messaging to work. If you have trouble following either method, leave a comment at the bottom and I will try to help you.

Read the entire guide and make an give it a try before leaving a comment to ask for help.  Follow the Next Page link to begin reading the guide.

693 comments on “How to Setup Net10 Web, Data, and MMS for your iPhone running iOS 6
  1. Paul Marquis says:

    I am having problems sending picture messages, I have a zmax ZTE Android, I swapped from my broken zmax, to the new one I could send messages before the swap, now I can’t for some reason. I have tried a lot of different ways through apn. I have had net10 for over 4 years and love it, I would hate to move to a new carrier. Please help

  2. vinnie johnson says:

    How do I troubleshoot my net10 3g cell phone

  3. Kelley says:

    My mms won’t work — T-Mobile SIM card— byop iPhone 5— somethings just not connecting or correct I’m frustrated

  4. Rebekah says:

    I’m trying to get the data and MMS to work on an iPhone 3G with a Net10 card. I’ve gotten it to work with method 2 about a year ago but the phone has stopped getting data and MMS again. So I came to try this method again and I’m running into problems. On page 6, it says:

    “These are the Carrier APN Settings that work for me.

    [table id=1 /]

    Some readers report that my settings do not work for them. Many report success with

    [table id=2 /]”

    Isn’t something missing here? I’m pretty sure there uses to be more and I used whatever it was and that’s how I got it to work.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Rebekah,
      I fixed the article. There was a problem with the publishing system, so it wasn’t displaying the table. I would make two suggestions.

      1. Net10 maybe using newer APN settings then were in this article. Start by looking up your APN settings here. Looking up Your Smartphone’s Net10 Wireless APN Settings

      2. If you on the $50 a month plan, your data should be a lot faster if you upgrade to a newer phone. you can find a good deal on used iPhone 5 these days. Also with the latest iPhone software, data works without method 2, so no more SIM swapping.

      Let me know how it goes getting your phone to work.

  5. clem says:

    Does my new flat screen it’s a LG android. Can it use a $30 dollar card

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Clem,
      I am not sure what specific LG phone you are using or where you got it. If you bought it from Ne10 you might be able to use the 30 plan. If it is a Bring your own phone, you won’t be able to. You can verify with net10 support.

  6. Becca says:

    Unfortunately this method does not work for iOS 8.3, because once u remove the sim card and replace it with the other some card it prompts u in a screen that you cannot exit out of so you cannot change anything

  7. Steven says:

    I switched to net 10 and the Internet works fine by I can not receive mms or group texts. How can I fix this?

    • Bob Thompson says:

      If you recently signed up for Net10 and transferred your phone number it may take a few days before you can receive MMS picture messages. I had the same issue. I set up three Straight Talk accounts. MMS worked fine for the two with new phone numbers. I could not receive MMS for the third, the one I transferred a number to. I tried the SIM in two different phone and it did not work. After a few days I decided to see if I could try to fix it, only to find it working.

      You can try Resetting Network Settings on Your iPhone. It might help.

  8. Jane says:

    Thank you for making this guide. I have tried downloading each option, but they all tell me : “Remove the profile Net10 before installing this profile.”

    How can I do that?

  9. Kim says:

    I have iphone5s I have net10 7.0.4 my phone is jailbroken and will not let me send or receive pics can u help thank u

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I just got an iPhone 3 and its unlocked and I put Streight talk service on it unlimited 45$ monthly and I called ST and they got my data and SMS working but my Mms does not work at all I used one of them smart packs that comes with all the chips and the service plan. I don’t have the option to change My APN if you can please help me I sure would appreciate it

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Is your phone an iPhone 3G or 3GS? What version of iOS is installed on the phone? Check it general settings about. What is the model number on the back of the phone?

  11. Tabitha Brennan says:

    I have a net 10 SIM card in can I leave it in to do all this I’m confused I need step by step if its possible please email me and easier way for me to understand how to do it I just want to be able to send and receive picks that’s the only thing I can’t do thank you !

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Tabitha
      Read the entire guide. I wrote it to explain what you need to do. I recommend readding it on a computer rather than your phone.

      It shows you step by step what to do. Which iPhone are you using? Does the phone have iOS 6 or iOS 7. You Net10 SIM is either for the Net10’s ATT or Net10 TMobile network, do you know which.

  12. Tor J. Johnsen says:

    Thank you!!! Method 1 worked right away! Fantastic! :-)

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Tor,
      That is great news. Thanks for taking the time to comment. If you use social media, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. In addition to keeping up with latest updates at smartphonematters you would be helping us launch social media efforts. click here

  13. Andy says:

    Worked perfect with method 1 and 2. Thank You !!!!

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Andy
      That is great news. Thanks for taking the time to comment. If you use social media, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. In addition to keeping up with latest updates at smartphonematters you would be helping us launch social media efforts. click here

  14. Anthony says:

    I got my phone to work with method 1 but the method 2 wouldn’t work. I have a iphone 3GS and I can’t get the screen to change my apn. I tired over and over. I have data and can text but I can’t get pic messages or send them.

  15. Salman says:

    Thank you very match

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Salman,
      hanks for taking the time to comment. If you use social media, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. In addition to keeping up with latest updates at smartphonematters you would be helping us launch social media efforts. click here

  16. Ki Ireland says:

    Hi Im currently trying to get the APN/MMS to work but I do not have the Cellular Data option in my iphone under step 8a nd 9 what should I do?

  17. Lorna Sterling says:

    I have to keep rebooting my phone to get 10mins of internet service and it just started that after this last update

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Lorna,
      Ok. Which phone are you using? which SIM the Net10 att or Net10 tmobile sim? what version of iOS are you using? what carrier is installed. Look in Settings General About to find out the last two. Is your data slow?

  18. XMAN says:

    Thank you so much. Worked perfect for me, iPhone 4, 6.1.3. Please don’t EVER take this web page down. For some reason I’m fine for a couple of months and then I have to redo this process all over again. This is the third time I’ve done it in a year.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hey XMAN,That is great news. Thanks for taking the time to comment. If you use social media, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. In addition to keeping up with latest updates at smartphonematters you would be helping us launch social media efforts. click here

  19. Nikki Brown says:

    Does the T-Mobile sim have to be brand new or can it be a used sim for setting up mms? Thank you!!

    • Nikki Brown says:

      I have a T-Mobile sim now but I have been unable to get the cellular setting to work. My phone is locked to ATT. Is this possible with a locked phone? I am unable to have it unlocked since I am not the original owner nor have an ATT account. I have looked over the guide and have done everything but reset it with ITunes. I have read over the guide and faqs. Am I missing something?

      • Bob Thompson says:

        Hi Nikki,
        You can still always ask AT&T to unlock it. The worst is they can say is no. If you know the original owner you can ask them to unlock it. If you do the iTunes Restore, it is possible the phone might unlock.

        I have never done this with a locked iPhone. Many readers swear it works on their locked iPhones. Others don’t seem to be able to get it to work until the unlock their phone. So all I can say is that it seems to work for some people. One reader told me you need to be very fast to get into Cellular Data Network on a locked iPhone, so see if you that helps.

        If you are using iOS 7 and your APN is tfdata, its possible your phone might work without the SIM swap. Try the iPhone Restore, if you are using iOS6 and want to stay on iOS 6 be carefully not to update to iOS 7.

        Let me know how it goes.

  20. DANNY says:


  21. DANNY says:


    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Danny,
      I am not sure what you are asking. Take a look at the guide. Install the APN profile to get data working. Try the SIM swap to set up both data and MMS.
      The guide shows how to do this.

  22. Teresa says:

    Hello I tried your method 2 with no success. I have an iphone 3gs and I had to install cydia in order to get the intenet and the mms working. I was told that if I turned the phone off I would lose the mms and the internet. For some unknown reason the phone went to safe mode and some time later the mms and internet stopped working. I called net10 and installed the update ( and got the internet running but the mms was still disabled. This is when I found your website and tried method 2 to get the mms running. Well it didn’t work and the internet stopped working. I can get it back up tomorrow when I get wifi. I am pretty sure the problem is having to turn off the phone at the end of the process I think this disables the cydia and nothing wants to work afterwards. Does this make sense? Can you recommend any further actions to get mms and internet running? Thanks for helping us out, it seems like you’ve put a lot of effort in this :)

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Teresa,
      I don’t use jailbroken phones so I am not familiar with the issue about powering off the phone. You can try data and MMS without powering off the phone and see if it works, it might. You can also try the airplane mode trick. After entering the settings. Turn on airplane mode for a minute then turn it off. Then reboot the phone. Some readers swear this works.

      How are you entering your APN information. Did you SIM swap and go to Cellular Data Network, or get some app from Cydia? FYI: will only set up data, not MMS.


  23. Marie medouard says:

    I can’t receive or send picture message on my phone thank you please fixe that

  24. Kris says:

    Thanks for putting all of this together, Bob. I’ve got an iPhone 4 running iOS 6. I am trying to set up MMS using the sim swap method but when I take out my Net10 sim card, it says No Sim until I restart my phone. I can get to the APN settings page but when I put my Net10 sim card back in, it still says No Sim unless I reboot. Then the APN values I manually entered don’t stick and nothing works. Any ideas?

    • Bob Thompson says:

      I am not sure I follow.
      When you take out your Net10 SIM it display NO SIM
      When you put in the T-Mobile SIM the display should change from No SIM to Searching to No Service.
      when it says No Service you will see the cellular data network option
      Next when you put the Net10 SIM back in the phone, it should display No SIM, Searching, and then HOME
      You should go into Cellular Data Network when the display is showing searching, or is this where the problem is.


  25. Albert Wallace says:

    Yes when i enter my cellular data APN. When i go back up to it. Keep changing back to what it was

    • Bob Thompson says:

      See the iOS 7 guide if you are using iOS 7. How to Setup Straight Talk Wireless Data and MMS for your iPhone running iOS 7.

      You need to be quick to do this or a try this little trick. Enter all of the other values needed except the APN.
      Enter the MMS APN and copy the APN name to the clipboard. If you scroll up carefully to the Cellular data APN you will see the text input cursor is still in the MMS APN. Keep both APNs displayed on the screen at the same time. Now tap the Cellular Data APN and paste the APN name is. Quickly look to make sure that both APNs are right and save the settings.


  26. Joseph Greene says:

    When I swapped the cards under general, cellular it never popped up with the settings to change the network settings

  27. Nikki says:

    Is that only way to get mms? What if I don’t have a T-mobile sim?

  28. Eugene Raeuber says:

    I have an iPhone 3gs and get to step 4 and 5 of method 2. Even with my T-Mobile sim inserted I cannot get it to display the cellular data network option. I restarted the phone and it still does not give me the option.

  29. Nicholas says:

    Hey Bob:

    Everything is working fine even MMS !!


  30. naz says:

    i tried all of the options for net10 listed and none of them are working.

  31. Ricardo says:


    I have an unlocked iPhone 4S from Sprint. It was working perfectly but since the iOS 7 update I dont have data or even SMS! I have no idea what to do… Can anyone help?

  32. Brittany says:

    Hi, there.

    So. I read your entire blog and found it very helpful. Now my question is a very silly one, but I’m really confused.

    I have an iPhone 4. I want to setup a net10 account and be able to talk and text on this phone. However, I’m not sure what to do. Do I purchase a net10 plan and then follow your procedure, enter my APN values from my purchase, and then it will work? Or do I have to buy a SIM card and a plan and then follow the procedure? I just want to be able to call and text on a pay as you go plan. I’ve been confused about this for a long time and I feel your blog can maybe help me figure this all out.



    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Brittany,
      Yes. I can help you. Moving to prepaid is confusing. But you did the right thing by researching it first. I set up this web site to help people figure this all out. I do spend a lot of time helping people who have already switched to Net10 or Straight Talk.

      So, lets get started with a few simple questions. Your iPhone 4. Is it on AT&T or another carrier? And is your phone on contract?


  33. Mimi says:

    It works!! Method 1 worked fine for me. Iphone 4 unlocked. Thank you so much.

  34. Liz says:

    Thank you for your help it works!!!!

  35. Toni says:

    I don’t have the Cellular Data Network page that has that list of settings to change. How do I gain access to it?

  36. Eva says:

    Am trying to get my picture messaging to work it’s not working but everything else do plz help me fix this

  37. Doneshia says:

    Apn settings not working

  38. Yini says:

    Thank you it worked for a iPhone 3GS!! Thanks a millón!!

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