H2O Wireless is an American prepaid phone and wireless service provider and MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that utilizes AT&T’s nationwide network. The company offers affordable prepaid unlimited plans with no contract, international calling options, nationwide coverage, and a decent selection of mobile devices, as well as the option for customers to bring their own devices. You can get a plan with unlimited talk, text, and data for as low as $20 a month with no contract, and cell phones also often come with special discounts.
H2O offers high-quality devices and plans, however, in order to get the most out of your service, it may be wise to consider configuring your H2O Wireless APN settings. Let’s find out how in the following sections.
APN Settings – What Are They?
APN settings, which stands for Access Point Names settings, are configuration settings that allow mobile devices to connect to a carrier’s network.
Each carrier and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has its own unique APN settings, and having the correct settings is necessary for the device to receive the best data speeds, picture messaging, and signal strength possible.
These settings are usually pre-installed on phones sold by the carrier but may need to be manually changed on unlocked or compatible phones brought to the carrier.
Things to Do and Have Before Setting Up My H2O Wireless APN Settings
Before you can start your H2O Wireless APN settings reconfiguration, you must first get there. So, let’s start at the beginning.
- First, you must become an H2O Wireless customer and get an active account.
- Buy an H2O plan.
- Buy an H2O phone or bring your own device. If you bring your own phone, make sure it is carrier-unlocked and compatible with the company’s services and network. Check your compatibility at h2owireless.com/product-details/SIM020.
- Get an H2O SIM card. If you bring your own phone, you will only need a SIM card. You can purchase it at h2owireless.com/product-details/SIM020. If, however, you also purchase a phone, you will likely get both the device and the card in the same package.
- Once you have your SIM card and phone (original or compatible), you can insert the SIM card into the phone’s SIM tray, turn the device on, and activate it. Follow the activation instructions at h2owireless.com/activation-intro.
Must I Set Up My APN Settings Manually?
If you are using a phone that was originally sold or provided free of charge by H2O, it is likely that the correct APN settings are already pre-installed and you won’t need to change them manually.
However, if you are using an unlocked, compatible phone that you have brought to H2O and are using with their services, you may need to set up your APN settings manually to ensure the best connection and service quality. It is highly advisable to do so in this case, especially if you are experiencing issues with picture messaging or data internet problems. Fortunately, changing your APN settings is a relatively easy process that can be done by following the instructions provided below.
Important note: Make sure to follow the formatting exactly as you see below. Mind the capital letters versus small letters, use commas if you see them, use spaces if you see them, skip spaces where needed, etc. If you don’t stick to the exact same formatting as you will see below, the APN settings will likely not work properly. Moreover, after you apply the new settings, make sure to save them and select them. Restart your phone afterward. If needed, delete all the previous APN settings. If you want, you can also consider the automatic configuration instead of the manual one.
H2O Wireless APN Settings for Android Phones
Accessing APN settings on an Android device may vary depending on the device’s manufacturer and Android version. Typically, you can find them in the “Settings” menu under “Wireless networks” or “Network & Internet,” then “Mobile network,” and finally “Access Point Names.” It’s recommended to delete any existing settings before adding new ones. To reset APNs to default settings, click the 3 dot menu and select “reset.”
If you add the H2O Wireless APN settings on your Android phone manually, make sure to copy the values listed below.
H2O Wireless APN Settings for Apple iPhones
Changing APN settings on an iPhone can be challenging because Apple often restricts full access to the settings unless the phone is jailbroken. If you have access to the settings, you can find them by going to either Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Cellular Network or Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Mobile Data Network. From there, you can reset the settings to default or edit them manually. Additionally, you can look for an automatic configuration by going to Settings > General > About, where you may see a notification for a carrier profile update.
If you add the H2O Wireless APN settings on your iPhone manually, make sure to copy the values listed below.
H2O Wireless APN Settings
|APN Name||H2O APN|
|APN Roaming Protocol|
Alternatively, you can try the following settings, which are recommended by H2O Wireless:
|APN Name||H2O Wireless|
|APN Roaming Protocol|
What If I Can’t Fix My H2O Wireless APN Settings?
If you have followed the instructions above but were unsuccessful, you should contact H2O’s customer support service. You can find a store at stores.h2owireless.com or contact the company online at h2owireless.com/contact-us, via live chat, or by phone at 1-800-643-4926.