How to configure APN settings on Google Pixel 3 XL

You will need the Access Point Name (APN) to make your Google Pixel 3 XL or any smartphone for that matter, connect to your carrier’s network and gain service or internet connectivity. When you’re getting internet connection via mobile data and then suddenly your phone can’t connect, the problem could be with the APN settings of your phone.

Sometimes carriers change APN settings and when this happens, settings to customers’ phones are updated automatically but there are times when you need to update them manually. So, it’s important that you know how to configure the APN Settings of your Google Pixel 3 XL and I will show you how in this post.

Before we move on, if you found this post while trying to find a solution to a different problem, then visit our Pixel 3 XL Help Guides for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this phone. We may have already published articles that could help you fix the problem with your phone.

How to access and change APN Settings in your Pixel 3 XL

Before accessing the APN settings of your device, it is imperative that you know the correct APN given by your network. Most of the time, you can manually change these settings if you’re on the phone with a representative but even if you’re not and you know the correct settings, it’s fine. Here’s how you access the APN settings…

  1. From a Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  2. Navigate: Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Network.
  3. Touch Access Point Names and then touch the Menu icon.
  4. Touch Reset to default.

Most of the time, you only have to reset the APN settings to default especially if the phone comes from your carrier and that you’re not within the BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) plan. It’s because phones that your provided carries are already provisioned out of the box to work with the network. So, even if the carrier changed settings, resetting it to default will change the settings to new ones.

Should you also wish to access Network Mode Settings, here’s how you do it:

  1. From a Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  2. Navigate: Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Network.
  3. Tap Advanced then tap Preferred network type.
  4. Tap the appropriate setting:
  • Global
    • This is the preferred setting for most locations.
  • LTE/CDMA
    • This setting should only be selected if experiencing service issues in locations that offer multiple network types and only LTE/CDMA is needed.
  • LTE/GSM/UMTS
    • This setting should only be selected if experiencing service issues in locations that offer multiple network types and only GSM/UMTS is needed.

The preferred international carrier is automatically selected. You can manually select an alternate carrier but it may require as many as 6 registration attempts with that carrier prior to successful registration. Make necessary necessary corrections if possible.

I hope that these tutorials can help you one way or another. Feel free to share this post to anyone who may need it. Thanks for reading.