All About the eSIM and APN Functionality

When it comes to mobile connectivity solutions like e-SIM, switching things up and changing certain settings is primarily straightforward. Amongst them is figuring out how an APN is set on your device.

For the e-SIM to function properly, its settings must be configured according to the requirements of the operator who is providing the service, more like creating a profile unique to your device.

This is to say that If the APN settings are incorrect, you will be getting mobile signals, but you will not be able to use mobile data or access the internet.

With that in mind, here’s an explanation of what an APN is and how to add or change the settings in your android or IOS.


What is an APN?

Access Point Name (APN) refers to the carrier, network, or operator that your mobile phone or tablet uses to access the Internet. Normally, you don’t necessarily have to adjust or tamper with the APN settings because they have been automatically configured for you by the manufacturer. However, there are times when you may want to check or adjust the APN settings on your device.

What is an APN profile

An APN profile is a type of e-SIM profile that includes settings for connecting to the internet. When you activate your e-SIM, this profile is expected to be downloaded onto your device, however, this is not always the case, and sometimes you may have to fix the settings if they get messed up. 

What's unique about the Afrosim APN

The Afrosim e-SIM has auto APN capability. This means that you don't need to enter the APN setting manually. This saves you a lot of time and reduces the risk of typos. Hence your activation experience is smooth and easy. 

However, in rare cases, even when the APN is supposed to be set automatically, you may find out that APN settings are incorrect or your phone failed to update them correctly. When this happens, here's what to do for android and IOS users.

APN Settings for Andriod devices 

Remember that with Afrosim e-SIM you do not need to change the APN setting unless you receive specific instructions to do so. With android devices, you will need to add a new APN instead of just changing an existing one. When doing this you will come across two mandatory fields; Name and APN.

The Name is just a label. You can call it Afrosim eSIM. The APN is where you should enter the value provided by the operator. After adding the value, select it so the phone knows which APN to use.

APN setting for IOS

For IOS the APN setting is straightforward. The settings are accessible from the 'Cellular Data Network' (or 'Mobile Data Network') tab in the eSIM settings menu. Just type (or change) the APN information given to you by the provider.

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