Setting Your Straight Talk Wireless’ APN on your Google Nexus 5 with Android 5 (Lollipop)

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This article explains how to set up your Straight Talk Wireless’APN on your Google Nexus 5 with Android 5 so you can:

  • Use your cellular data connection
  • send and receive MMS picture messages
  • send and receive group texts

These instructions only work for Straight Talk customers using Straight Talk’s AT&T compatible network or Straight Talk’s TMobile compatible network. These instructions will not fix problems with voice calls, SMS text messaging, or voicemail. These instructions will not help if your using Straight Talk’s Verizon CDMA network. Stop reading and leave a reply below for more information. I used my Nexus 5 with Android 5.1.1 as a reference for this article.


Looking Up Your APN

Visit the Straight Talk website to look up the APN settings for your specific phone number. See Looking up Your Straight Talk Wireless APN Settings. Your APN will be either RESELLER, wap,tracfone, att.mvno, or tfdata. Choose the appropriate article below to set up your specific APN.


Setting up Your APN

Choose the article below for your specific APN.
1. Setting the Straight Talk Wireless’ RESELLER APN…
2. Setting the Straight Talk Wireless’ wap.tracfone APN …
3. Setting the Straight Talk Wireless’ att.mvno APN…
4. Setting the Straight Talk Wireless’ tfdata APN…


Your Cellular Data Connection

After setting up your APN try using your cellular data connection to access the Internet. To do this. turn off Wi-Fi and use Chrome, or your phone’s web browser, to visit some Web sites.


Sending and Receiving MMS Picture Messages

Many people like to exchange pictures as part of there text messages. Picture messages use MMS, and your MMS APN needs to be set up correctly. Try sending and receiving a few picture messages. Send a friend a picture message. Include text asking her to reply if she received the picture, and to include a picture with her response. Verify you receive the picture message.


Sending and Receiving Group Text Messages

Group text messaging is when you send or receive text messages between one than one person. Like picture messages, group texts use MMS. So, if you use group text messages, make sure you can send and receive messages after setting up your APN. If you don’t use group text messages, you can skip this step.


Conclusion

Hopefully at this point, your cellular data connection, MMS picture messages, and group texts are all working properly. Please take a moment to leave a reply for help. If these instructions worked for you, great, share that with the other readers. If you had a problem and something isn’t working, let me know and I will try to help you.

10 Comments

  1. Joe Droubie | | Reply

    I have a Verizon Note 3 with marshmallow on it Android 6.0.1 which I have rooted and in order to get to the APNs because my data would not work when I called them they said there was no APN settings which is not true they weren’t accessible but phone won’t work until I put it on a phone on the internet that’s not working after couple weeks the data resets all the time and I’ve only periodically got a picture message to go through. I’m familiar with phones I used to sell them and I can’t get these APN settings right there very fickle on APN type and what is there I need some guidance in the all that you say if usually is that you don’t have to worry about the APN but just totally false

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Joe,
      I am not sure I completely follow your comment but here is my response.

      When you use Straight Talk’s Verizon network, the APN is automatically set up for you. You don’t need to set it yourself. the iPhone and many Android phone are set to hide the APN settings page. Because of this, Straight Talk doesn’t publish the APN settings for their Verizon network, that is why they are telling you there are none. They do publish the values for their AT&T and T-Mobile network though. I put the APN settings that I have for their Verizon network here Straight Talk APN Settings.

      Now, for the vast majority of people the automatically set APN settings on Straight Talk’s Verizon network without doing anything. However over the last three years or so, I do hear from people having intermittent problems with data and MMS on ST’s Verizon network. When this problem occurs, its a pain to resolve. Some people report that if they call ST the problem gets resolved for weeks or months. So your options are you can try the APN settings in the link above or call support and see if they can solve the problem. You can also continue to fiddle with the APN settings to try and fix the problem. If you can solve the problem by changing the APN settings great. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will help.

      Some people end up switching to Verizon prepaid because of this. And now in 2017, I think Verizon prepaid is a way better deal than ST’s Verizon network…Signing Up For Verizon Prepaid Wireless

  2. mischele | | Reply

    I have a note 3. Every apn I try fails to work. I have a t mobile phone. Galaxy Note 3. Please send me the correct apn.

  3. Britt | | Reply

    Hello,
    I have a Nexus 4 with ATT Straight talk and version 5.1.1. My data and messaging (picture and group) stopped working after my system updated a few months ago. I have not been able to fix the issue and I’ve tried everything I can come across. I have tried all 4 of the options you list above for APN settings and none of the options seem to work for my phone.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Britt,
      If possible try you sim in a different phone to make sure data works.
      Use the link in the article to look up your APN on the straight talk web site.
      On your phone, do a result to defaults on the APN page.
      Edit and delete any APN settings there
      Add a new APN with your APN settings.
      Regards
      Bob

  4. Christina | | Reply

    Desperately looking for information on how to resolve this issue on my phone. I had an iPhone up until a few days ago when I got the google nexus. I am on the Verizon cDNA network with straight talk

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Are you able to access the APN settings on your phone?

      • Christina | | Reply

        Yes I am

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Try this APN. A reader shared it with me, said it worked for her. Please let me know how it goes for you.
          APN: FTWO.GW9.VZWENTP
          Proxy: Not set
          Port: Not set
          Username: Not set
          Password: Not set
          Server: Not Set
          MMSC: http://mms.vtext.com/servlets/mms
          MMS proxy: Not set
          MMS port: Not set
          MCC: 311
          MNC: 480
          Authentication type: Not set
          APN type: default, dun, stdhipri, supl
          APN protocol: IPv4/IPv6
          Bearer: LTE
          MVNO type: None

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