How to Fix APN Settings Greyed Out or Locked or Disabled

Do you see APN Settings not available or greyed out so that you can't edit? Here is the work around for APN Settings Greyed out or disabled or locked.

You might know that different carriers and MVNOs have their own Settings for Access Point Network(APN). So carriers lock APN Settings on their mobile phones so that you can't modify it. According to some carriers statements, they hear lot of complains regarding network not available or unable to use data. The most possible reason for that is the wrong APN Settings. Novice users mostly modify these settings and they enter wrong values. Even an extra character space or uppercase also can lead to wrong APN settings. These cases of modifying APN when network not available has increased and as such, cell phones carriers are coming out with phones with APN Settings greyed out or locked so that users don't modify them without any expert help.

Here in such cases, cell phone carriers are justified because users don't have to reach to customer care or expert for the help.

Interestingly, Mark Artherton, one of our users at our BLU Cell Phones support forum on Facebook asked whether we can modify APN Settings when greyed out or locked. He asked why is APN settings locked? Is there any work around?

APN Settings Greyed Out

Our answer: There are only few limited options when your carrier has disabled APN settings. Here they are.

Airplane Mode Option

Most of the time issues on your phone are resolved by toggling Airplane mode (flight mode in few phones). This is the first thing you can do when you see APN Settings are locked by carrier.

Re-Insert SIM card

If the phone doesn't work even after performing the above tricks, you can try to remove the SIM card and then insert it again. This will make sure that your carrier pushes again for APN settings to your device.

Save and Install them!

It should fix this issue.

Reset to Default Mode

Earlier available on Apple iPhones, it was borrowed by Android operating system few years back. You can reset APN Settings to Default. This will delete any customizations to APN and revert back them to original values provided by the manufacturer/carrier.

Edit Locked APN Settings:

If you are an advanced user, then there are few work around by which you can edit locked APN settings. You will have to root your device in order to perform that but let me tell you that if you are thinking of rooting your phone, then your device warranty

will get void. So proceed at your own risk here and also its recommended for novice users.
Also Read:

Sprint MVNO List

Assurance Wireless Compatible Phones

So that's the possible work around when APN settings are greyed out.

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This post was last modified on September 26, 2020 10:58 AM