Help Setting up Straight Talk Data and MMS on the BLU Life Play Running Android 4.2

Test MMS Picture Messages and Group Texts

Once your data connection is working Test both sending and receiving MMS picture messages and group texts.You may find messages work in one direction works but not the other.

Test Sending and Receiving MMS Picture Messages

Verify that MMS you can send an MMS picture message to a family member, relative, or sympathetic friend.

  1. Open Hangouts, or your default messaging app
  2. create a new message
  3. add your family member or friend to the To field
  4. Take a new photo or attach an existing photo.
  5. Add a text message such as “Hi, I am not sure if I can send pictures from my phone. Can you let me know if you received this pic? Could you include a pic in your reply so I can make sure I can receive pics too. Thanks.”
  6. Verify the picture message is sent from your phone
  7. Wait for a reply

Test Sending and Receiving Group Texts

Group texts are text messages send to two or more people. Group texts use MMS, so if your MMS isn’t working properly, you may not be able to send or receive group texts.

  1. Open Hangouts, or Your default messaging app
  2. create a new message
  3. add two family members or friends to the To field
  4. Add a text message such as “Hi, I am not sure if I can send group texts from my phone. Can you let me know if you received this message? Thanks.”
  5. Verify the group text is sent from your phone
  6. Wait for a reply


If you can send and receive both MMS picture messages, you have set up your APN correctly and can continue to the next section, Finishing Up.
If you cannot send, receive, or send and receive MMS picture messages and group texts, you may have entered you APN settings incorrectly. Go back to your phone’s APN Settings page and check that you entered your settings. Setting up your data connection is easy, but a number of people have problems with MMS using Straight Talk. If you transferred your phone number to Straight Talk it might take several days before you start receiving MMS messages. Others find that using alternative MMSC and MMS Proxy values fixes the problem. Leave a comment and I will try to help.

Continue to the next page to Finish


  1. ken moen | | Reply

    hey bob i have blu life view 8.0 my stuff work recieve tex talk internet but my wifi doesnt connect to my home internet or any where else

  2. Brandi | | Reply

    Hello Bob,

    I just got the Blu 4.8 HD and I have tried every combo that there is and NONE want to work. I have regular text no problem but no picture messaging. I’m on straight talk at&t network.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Is your cellular data working?
      Can you send pics? Can you receive them?

  3. Julian | | Reply

    I was wondering if the same settings would apply for the Blu Life Pro? i have the Tmobile Sim in it right now and can receive Phonecalls and Txt Messages. i do not have Data connection or Internet.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      It should. Read and follow the instructions on all four pages and you should be good

  4. Jay | | Reply

    How do I set up my voicemail for my BLU life play mini?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Jay,
      Try long pressing 1 on the keypad.

  5. Lori | | Reply

    I recently transferred my straight talk service to a new unlocked BLU life play 2 phone. I have adjusted the APN settings several times and talked with straight talk customer service for over an hour, with no luck. I do have data and can send group text but am unable to send or receive picture messages.
    Please let me know if you can help.

  6. cindy | | Reply

    I have a blu studio 5c HD d535u and can’t seem to find the appropriate straight talk APN settings for it. I also wonder why I’m only able to operate on 2g network? I would be so grateful for some help please.

  7. Gena Ellensburg | | Reply

    I can’t send pics with my Blue Life Play by using whatsapp or Bbm

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Gena,
      Did you set your APN type?

  8. tracie hopkins | | Reply

    I have a blu dash jr dual simcard . I cant download anything it said I needed more memory I bought a 16 gb card and it still says memory is full I have nothing on it . I aso tired of this phone. please help

  9. Maryann | | Reply

    Thank you so much!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Maryann,
      Your are welcome.
      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

  10. Priscilla | | Reply

    Hi Bob, I currently have it set on tfdata..

  11. Priscilla | | Reply

    Hi Bob, I have tried all the combinations but maybe I’m not syncing them properly.. It’s all the ones that are on the straight talk site for this phone.. I can’t remember all of them.. I’ll take another look but I have been trying to fix this for a week now.. I bought the phone only 2 months ago.. I wish there were a just one combo and not so many, it’s difficult..

  12. Priscilla | | Reply

    I have tried all the combinations and none of them seem to work.. I don’t know what more to do..

  13. Priscilla | | Reply

    Yes I did have mms pic msgs before and it just stopped and I can’t send or receive pics.. I believe I updated my phone because it asked so I just hit yes, maybe that could be the cause..

  14. sharon | | Reply

    Hello, i can receive mms messages but cannot send them. The check is given after sending them but the number never receives the mms picture messages. I have sent pictures to 5 different phone numbers and they are never received. Everything else works fine. I am on the verge of just sending the phone back.


    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Sharon,
      The issue probably isn’t the phone.
      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?


  15. Nicole | | Reply

    I have a blu life one X and I can’t send picture messages however I can receive them please help I have a straight talk att compatible sim card in the phone everything else works great

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Nichole,
      Did you set your APN type?

      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?


  16. Mark | | Reply

    I need some help with my BLU Life Play and the APN settings. I just got straight talk and can’t download MMS photos. I can send MMS photos without difficulty.
    I have tried all 3 APN settings above and none have worked. Straight Talk customer service was no help.
    My phone as the the Android 4.2 jelly bean.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Mark,

      If you recently signed up for Straight Talk 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.

      This is a common problem. You can also try setting your APN type to default, mms, wap or default, mms, supl. Some readers have had luck by trying different MMSC and MMS proxy values. Read both the following articles and the comments to see what has worked for others.

      Help with Straight Talk and Net10 MMS Picture Messages and I Can’t Receive MMS Picture Messages Using Straight Talk or Net10 on My iPhone Using iOS 7.0.4
      Let me know how it goes.

      • Mark | | Reply

        Thank you Bob. I will wait a few days and see what happens. Thanks.

        • Mark | | Reply

          It has been a few days and still no MMS messages.

          • Mark | |

            It took about 5 calls to Straight Talk customer service. The MMS problem has been resolved. The APN setting given by Straight Talk and listed on this website worked AFTER Straight Talk did something on their end. Had to clear APN settings and go to default. Turn phone off, reenter APN numbers and restart phone.

    • Priscilla | | Reply

      Hi Mark, it sounds like the exact problem I have except I can’t send nor receive.. I have the same phone as u Blu jelly bean 4.2

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Which APN settings are you using?

  17. William Zahran | | Reply

    I can’t connect my phone data ???

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi William,
      Did you try each of the three APNs? Which SIM are you using? Straight Talk’s AT&T network-compatible SIM orStraight;s Talk T-Mobile network-compatible SIM.


  18. Lauren | | Reply

    Hi Bob,
    I have a Blu Life One and I cannot send or receive MMS messages. I have gone over the APN settings with the techs at Straight talk and they cannot help me. Do you think that you can? My APN settings are:
    MMS Port:80

    Thank you so much.

      • Lauren | | Reply

        I tried to see if it would work using the steps in your guide, but it still did not work. I made sure that the slashes were going in the correct direction, like you previously stated, but still nothing.

        Again thanks for all the help.

    • Priscilla | | Reply

      I have the same problem except i did have it but now i don’t.. so aggravated 🙁 don’t know what to do, iv’e tried everything, all kinds of apn’s but none work..

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi Priscilla,
        What is the problem you are having? You can’t send or receive MMS picture messages? Are you saying it did work and then it stopped.

  19. davidmartinezmontalvo | | Reply

    I tried all three they didn’t work

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      what didn’t work? data?
      what do you see in the status bar when you try to load a web page?
      how many bar? Do you see a E, 2G, 3G or H?

  20. Gabe | | Reply

    Running 4.2.

    Only APN that got data working was your wap.tracfone one (second option posted), but MMS still isn’t working. Any ideas? I can’t get picture messages.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Gabe,
      This is a common problem. Start by trying this.
      A reader suggested that with BLU phones you have to set the APN type as default, mms, wap for the ATT SIM and mms, and supl for the T-Mobile SIM.

      Let me know if it worked for you.

      • Gabe | | Reply

        No luck. Using t-mobile sim — did the “default, mms, supl” for APN type. Need to have “default” checked because otherwise it switches automatically to another APN that came with the phone (that I can’t discard/delete). Any other ideas?

  21. Ashley | | Reply

    I have an unlocked blu life play with a straight talk sim card. I don’t send many pic messages but my texting and calling work just fine, it just doesn’t let me use any of my apps without wifi. how can I fix this?

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