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 workaround 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 them. According to some carriers' statements, they hear a lot of complaints regarding the network not being 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 the wrong values. Even an extra character space or uppercase also can lead to wrong APN settings. These cases of modifying APN when the network is not available have increased and as such, cell phone 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 customer care or expert for 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 workaround?

APN Settings Greyed Out

Our answer: There are only a few limited options when your carrier has disabled APN settings. Here are the 4 things that you can do -

Airplane Mode Option:

Most of the time issues on your phone are resolved by toggling Airplane mode (flight mode in a 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 & Install them!

It should fix this issue.

Reset to Default Mode:

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

How to Edit Locked APN Settings:

If you are an advanced user, then there are a few workarounds 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 recommended for novice users.

Now, this guide works on Samsung, Motorola, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi & all other Android smartphones if and only if your phone carriers like Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile & AT&T allow that.

Unlock APN Settings:

If you discover that APN settings are not available for editing, means that these settings are locked and you can't edit them. You can follow the above-mentioned guide to remove this lock and modify the APN settings as per your needs and if you can't do any of the above-mentioned steps then unlocking APN settings on your phone will be not easy. I am sorry but I have to say this as less information is available regarding this concept on the web.

Also Read:

Sprint MVNO List

Assurance Wireless Compatible Phones

So that's the possible workaround when APN settings are greyed out. And that is how to unlock APN settings. That's it in this post.

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This post was last modified on January 16, 2022 8:25 AM