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How do I change my roaming mobile data settings on a Samsung phone?

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Roam on: how to change your settings (Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

You’ve travelled abroad, safe in the knowledge that your UK mobile network offers free data roaming. And then you get there and find roaming data isn’t working at all. You’ve probably got a helpful  text message from your mobile network telling you which data settings you need to change if roaming isn’t working, but where do you find those settings in the phone’s endless menus? Here’s how to change roaming mobile data settings on a Samsung phone.

(Even if you don’t have a Samsung phone, you should be able to find similar settings on other Android devices.)

Where to find roaming mobile data settings

Assuming you’ve got some kind of mobile reception when you arrive at your destination, you will more than likely get an SMS message from your mobile network welcoming you to the new country and stating the settings you need to change if your roaming data isn’t working.

Here, for example, is the message I got from Lebara when I landed in Greece recently:

Although it offers a link supposedly showing you how to change the settings on your handset, it’s about as much use as a poke in the eye. Here’s how to change them on a Samsung phone.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone
  2. Click the looking glass icon at the top of the Settings app menu and search for “access point”
  3. The results should show a setting called Access Point Names – click that option
  4. On the menu that opens, click Access Point Names (again)
  5. Select Add
  6. In this menu, you can fill in the details provided by your mobile network. Note that in the Name field, you can give it any name you like. In the APN field, use the APN Name provided by your network. Below is a screenshot of the settings I’ve applied for Lebara, so you can compare the screenshot of the provided settings with what I entered into the phone. As you can see, you don’t need to fill in most of the settings.

Once you’ve entered the settings, make sure the new access point is selected on the next menu, and you should now have full roaming data. Enjoy your travels!

About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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