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How to Configure Idea 4G & 3G on Android Phone -APN Settings

When you activate Idea GPRS, 4G or 3G Internet on your Android phone, your phone will receive the automatic settings. However, sometimes you may need to configure the Access Point and GPRS settings for Idea (both GSM second and third generation) connection manually on your Android phone. In case if you delete the previous configuration, it is better know how to setup the same settings again by yourself. A wrong Access Point Name can stop you from accessing their mobile broadband service. Otherwise after deleting the existing APN for Idea 3G or GPRS you may need to re-insert the SIM again to get automatic settings from them. If you know the manual configuration steps, you can avoid that hardware procedure. If you are looking for the steps to get maximum speed from Idea 4G, you may click the link below and follow the instructions. The below hack will increase the Idea 4G data transfer speed.

Steps to Configure Idea 4G/ GPRS/ 3G on Android
  1. Click on Applications

  2. Go to Settings

  3. Click on Wireless and Networks

  4. Click on Mobile networks

  5. Go to Access Point Names (APN)

  6. Create New APN (you can get this option by pressing left button)

Now we can see a list of parameters which we need to fill in order to activate 3G or gprs. The values for Idea GSM connection are provided below. It is a must step to activate Idea Internet on your Android phone.

Name Idea gprs
APN internet
Proxy < - not set - >
Port < - not set - >
Username < - not set - >
Password < - not set - >
Server < - not set - >
MMSC < - not set - >
MMS proxy < - not set - >
MMS port < - not set - >
MCC 404
MNC 19
Authentication type none
APN type default, supl

Important Tips
  1. Steps to Activate Idea 3G on Android

    This is the manual settings every types of mobile broadband connections. If you are looking for steps to activate data connection, follow the steps provided in the link below.
    How to Activate Mobile broadband on your mobile phone

  2. How to Recharge Idea 3G on a Handset

    To recharge Idea 3rd Generation data plan on your Mobile handset, either you can recharge with the specified amount or you can recharge for your data service from your existing balance. To recharge from your existing balance, follow the steps below.

    Dial  *150* 107#  to get 300MB 3G Bundled Usage valid for 30 days
    Dial  *150* 199#  to get 600MB 3G Bundled Usage valid for 30 days
    Dial  *150* 249#  to get 1GB 3G Bundled Usage valid for 30 days
    Dial  *150* 348#  to get 1.5GB 3G Bundled Usage valid for 30 days
    Dial  *150* 448#  to get 2GB 3G Bundled Usage valid for 30 days
    Dial  *150* 595#  to get 2GB 3G Bundled Usage valid for 60 days

    PS: Idea may change the tariff plans and to get the correct plans, click on the link below. If you are not using the latest plan to recharge, they may send invalid request error.

  3. How to Check The Remaining Idea 3G Data Balance

    Idea often don't send alerts of remaining data balance and it is possible to continue the Internet usage even though the data balance is over. In such cases, Idea 4G deducts money from the main balance. To avoid this situation, you must check the remaining data balance irrespective of Idea 4G, 3G or 2G. To check the remaining data balance ..

    Dial *125#  

  4. Just like what we did for Idea gprs, to configure BSNL gprs on your Android phone, click on the link below.
    How to Configure BSNL GPRS on Android Phone

  5. Here we discussed the steps to configure Idea 3rd Generation Internet on your Mobile handset. Do you want to know what is the difference between 2G and 3G ? To know the difference between various GSM technologies, follow the link below.
    Speed differences in 2G, GPRS and HSDPA

How to Activate Idea 3G Broadband and Get Latest Plans

For Idea to migrate from 2G to 3G, we do not need to change the SIM. All we need to do is activate 3G and get Internet setting from Idea. To activate 3G broadband on Idea, follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure Your Mobile Phone supports 3G

    If you are not sure whether your handset is 3G compatible, type "CHECK" and sms to 12345 (without ""). This number is toll free number.

  2. Send SMS "ACT3G" to 12345 (without "")

    Now you will get a confirmation message from Idea about the status of the 3G activation process.

  3. Configure 3G Internet setting from Idea in handset

    To configure Internet settings in your mobile phone, type "SET" (without "") and sms to 54671 (toll free number).

How to get latest 3G Idea Internet Plans

To get latest 3G Internet plans, dial *147# and follow the instructions provided by Idea.



Gyanendra said…
This is really helpful. Worked for me. I had to only change name and apn name in my htc phone. Thanks.
Siju George said…
Thanks for your comment and happy to see this article helped you.
Anil said…
Thanks. Easy and working
Anonymous said…
Fine tips. Worked for me
Anonymous said…
I love the way you presented it. Thanks
Prameela said…
This steps worked on my Samsung phone too. Thanks
sn said…
I am trying to create new apn for idea on my samsung galaxy s3 but when i enter all the apn details and save it the apn is not listed,or if i I restore the default settings and modify the existing apn again it is not listed and gone.
My default apn MNC is 22 but when I change it to 19 ..all this is happening..

These are the settings I am trying to use–
Name : Idea gprs
APN : internet
Proxy :
Port :
Username :
Password :
Server :
MMS proxy :
MMS port :
MCC :404
MNC : 19
Authentication type: none
APN type : default, supl

Please help.
Admin said…

I suggest you to switch off and restart your Samsung Galaxy S3 and check for the issue
Anonymous said…
my Micromax Canvas Viva is a 2G android. none of the inbuilt apps like play store, gmail, facebook, navigation are working with the 2G GPRS. normal internt through the browser and opera are working. when i used Wi-Fi, all these apps worked fine. what could be the problem? the micromax guys say that my Idea 2G speed is too less hence these apps are not working but how come normal internet is working through same 2G?
Admin said…
As I understand inbuilt apps like play store, gmail, facebook etc are working fine with Wi-Fi but not with Idea 2G Internet connection. It clearly shows inbuilt applications need more bandwidth than Idea 2G can provide. Browser needs less bandwidth compared to many Android Apps.

Can you access Gmail via mobile browser in your phone ?
Rohit said…
Some times Idea 3G Internet is getting very slow. What is the reason ?
Anonymous said…
Thank u for ur help
Gogs said…
Thanks buddy!! It worked for me!
Jayakumar said…

I have Android phone and using Idea Sim in it. The problem is there is a compatibility issue between Idea 3G and Android. I do not know everyone has the same problem but in my computer Idea 3G Internet is showing big compatibility issues. I only get Internet when I shake or change the phone and in some forums they said Idea is having some problem and the wireless network bandwidth is not easy for Android to catch. Is it true or is there any known compatibility issues with Idea network on Android Smart phone ?

I am in Mumbai
Admin said…
@ Jayakumar

I don't know any compatibility issues between Idea 3G and Android. Which Android version on your phone ?
Shanil Das said…
thank you my dear friend,its too helpful,god bless you.
ankit said…
i am getting 0-2 kbps speed for idea 3g in redmi 1s
Gautam Kumar said…
I am using idea in my lava iris x1 phone in delhi. But whenever we use net I need shuffle from wcdma/gsm auto to wcdma only and vice versa. Without shuffling internet does not work. Plz advise how to fix it.
Alex George said…
It seems Idea use W-CDMA to provide mobile broadband at your location. You can learn the differences between WCDMA and GSM by reading the following article.
Preetham Kumar said…
why it shows roaming in network..??
Alex George said…
Can you provide more details ?
Avinash Nair said…
Recent technical reports say that idea 4G is faster than other 4G networks in Kerala. If anyone has an doubts which 4G network is fastest in Kerala, the only answer is idea 4G. Check my reports below

Which is the Fastest 4G Network in Kerala

We can check latest Trai report on fastest 4G network in Cochin and Trivandrum

Compare the Speed of Idea 4G and Reliance Jio in Trivandrum City

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