How to activate mobile data. In today's tutorial I will explain how to enable mobile data on mobile phones and tablets equipped with a card SIMs., either encouraged by the operating system Android or by iOS (Thus, iPhone y iPad).

In addition, I will take care to indicate the parameters that will be used to prepare the device for access to Internet, in case the automatic procedure fails.

How to activate mobile data on your phone

Now that you can finally activate the Internet plan you so long for, the time has come to take action and understand how to activate mobile data on your phone, to be able to use it immediately: below you will find everything explained in detail.

Please note that the steps indicated are valid for both mobile phones and i tablets equipped with a SIM card (so much Android e iPad ).


If you are using a device Android, you can activate mobile data in a very simple way. Go to notification area system by sliding from the top to the center of the screen, and finally touch the icon Mobile data (the one who has two arrows in opposite directions ), until it lights up.

After a few seconds, you should be able to browse the Internet.

In some cases, the mobile data icon may not be immediately visible - depending on the device you are using, you may need to swipe down on second time, to further "expand" the notification area or swipe left to access the second section of icons.

Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by acting from the adjustments Android: to do this, tap the icon of the same name (the one in the shape of gear ) located on the device's home screen, go to the sections Network and Internet> Mobile network, touch, if necessary, on the SIM for which you want to activate the connection, and set O N the lever corresponding to Data connection.

In some versions of Android, the steps to follow may be slightly different: for example, in previous versions of the operating system, you must touch the item Mobile network / Cellular network / Data network located in the section Wireless and networks system settings and activate the lever of the same name.

If the navigation does not start, I invite you to read the next chapter. in this guide to manually configure the required access point.


The steps for activate mobile data on iOS devices, therefore iPhone e SIM-equipped iPadThey are just as simple.

First, go to Control center the operating system by swiping down from the upper right corner of the screen.

On iPhone 8 Plus and earlier versions, and on iPads equipped with an operating system prior to iOS 12, you can call the Control Center by swiping from the bottom towards the center of the screen.

Then tap on the icon cellular data and wait a few moments for the latter to turn on: when this happens, you are ready to surf the Internet.

Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by acting from the adjustments iOS (the icon in the form of gear located on the device's home screen): When you reach the main panel, touch Mobile Phone and put in O N the lever corresponding to the article Cellular data.

After a few moments, you should be able to browse the Internet using the phone's data network.

Settings to activate mobile data on your phone

Did you turn on mobile data following the steps I mentioned above, but your device still doesn't want to connect to the internet?

Before doing anything, I suggest that you verify that you have enough credit to be able to use the Internet, following the specific procedure provided by your operator.

If the problem is not even credit, then it is very likely that a device's access point or APN is not configured on your device, which will be used to initiate the connection.

Each telephony operator has custom APN parameters: APNs are usually configured completely automatically, as the device can retrieve the parameters directly from the SIM.

If this does not happen, it is possible to manually configure the access points that will be used to surf the Internet: once the correct settings have been specified, the device should be able to surf the net in a few seconds.

Accessing the configuration screen of a new access point is simple: next I will explain how to do it on both Android and iOS.

  • Android  - tap the icon adjustments (the in the form of gear ) located on the home screen of your mobile phone or tablet, tap the items Network and internet, Mobile Network y advanced, play the voice Access Point Names and, to create a new APN, tap the button capacitor positive (+) lead, located at the top. In some versions of Android, the menus may be slightly different: on Xiaomi devices equipped with the ROM MIUIFor example, the way forward is Settings> SIM cards and mobile networks> (SIM name)> Access point names> New APN (below) When setup is complete, press the button Back / Back and put a check mark next to the newly created APN, for immediate use.


  • iPhone / iPad with SIM - go to adjustments on the device by pressing the gear located on the iOS home screen and tap the items Mobile Phone y Cellular data network to access the screen to create a new access point. The parameters to be used for navigation must be indicated in the table Cellular data.


Once this is done, you just have to complete the form that is proposed, using the configuration that I will show you in the following paragraphs, which varies depending on the operator you are using, and activate the mobile data again (if not already done), following the instructions I gave you in the previous chapter. Please note that on iOS some parameters may be superfluous.