Setting up Your Metro PCS Cellular Data, Internet, MMS Picture Messages, and Group Texts for the iPhone Using iOS 8

This article is for iOS 8. If you are using iOS 9, you won’t be able to manually set your APN. Your iPhone will do it automatically. Many people have been telling mw about problems with Metro PCS and iOS 9 as well as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Make sure to read the read through the comments on this article.

This guide explains how to set up your Metro PCS Cellular Data, Internet, MMS Picture Messages, and Group Texts for the iPhone. The guide shows step-by-step instructions for the iPhone 6 using iOS 8.2. The guide should also work for the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s. iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 4 using other versions of iOS 8 and iOS 7 as well.


Resetting Your Network Settings
To use cellular data to access the Internet, as well as send and receive MMS picture messages and group text messages, you have to set the data and MMS settings for your phone on the Cellular Data Network page in your iPhone’s Settings. Your iPhone might automatically set up the APN for you. If it’s not working you should try Resetting Your Network Settings.

  1. Tap Settings->General->Reset->Reset Network Settings
  2. Enter your PIN (Your phone will prompt you if you have one set)
  3. Tap Reset Network Settings

For step by step instructions, see Resetting Network Settings on Your iPhone.


Testing Your Internet and Messaging
After resetting your network settings, test Your Cellular Data, MMS Picture Messages, and Group Texts. Remember to turn off your W-Fi connection to test data. Remember to test sending and receiving MMS picture messages and group texts with people that are using phones other than the iPhone. This will ensure that the messages are using MMS and not Apple’s iMessage. For more information and details about this, see Understanding the Difference between MMS and iMessage on Your iPhone


Entering Your APN Settings Manually
If Resetting your network settings did not fix the problem, enter your APN settings manually.

Here is are the settings you need to add to your iPhone.

Data APN fast.metropcs.com
MMS APN fast.metropcs.com
MMSC http://metropcs.mmsmvo.com/wapenc

Below are the step-by-step instructions to set up your APN,
Follow these steps. Note, that is your Cellular Data Network settings already have values set, delete them first. Leave MMS Max Message Size set to1048576.

  1. From Home, Tap Settings
    mpcs001
  2. Tap Cellular
    mpcs002
  3. Tap Cellular Data Network
    mpcs003
  4. Tap Data APN
    mpcs004
  5. Enter fast.metropcs.com
    mpcs005
  6. Tap MMS APN
    mpcs006
  7. Enter fast.metropcs.com
    mpcs007
  8. Tap MMSC
    mpcs008
  9. Enter http://metropcs.mmsmvo.com/wapenc
    mpcs009
  10. Tap Cellular
    mpcs010

Restart the phone
Press and Hold Sleep / Wake
Slide the on screen Power button to the right.


Testing Your Internet and Messaging
Once again, test Your Cellular Data, MMS Picture Messages, and Group Texts. Remember to turn off your W-Fi connection to test data. Remember to test sending and receiving MMS picture messages and group texts with people that are using phones other than the iPhone. This will ensure that the messages are using MMS and not Apple’s iMessage. For more information and details about this, see Understanding the Difference between MMS and iMessage on Your iPhone


Finishing Up
Did this work for you? Have a question or problem? Leave a comment below and share. Your comments will help the next reader who comes along. Imagine if the only comments on this guide were from readers who didn’t get their phone working, it wouldn’t give you much confidence to try this.

208 Comments

  1. Valerie Davis | | Reply

    Worked PERFECTLY!!!! Thank you!
    Ported from Att to metro on a IPhone 8 Plus

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      glad it helped. May I ask which metro plan you chose?

  2. YISETH | | Reply

    Hi I have a iPhone 6+ but I Have metro pcs . It’s hard for me to keep updating the apps it’s a way to not use iCloud and getting the apple gift card and putting money to it ? Like right now can’t update my apps because poops a massage saying tha my apps store and iTunes is disabled!! What can I do ?

  3. Cody | | Reply

    Mine did not work but it was tmobile network does that matter

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      these are the settings for metropcs. no idea if they work for tmobile. Try changing metropcs to tmobile in the values.

  4. myla | | Reply

    Worked perfectly for me 10/3/2017, thanks!!!

  5. Sandy | | Reply

    Actually worked thank you!

  6. Mindy | | Reply

    Sorry, this didn’t work for me.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      What did you do and what didn’t work?

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