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Cellular settings in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 devices have a SIM or eSIM card for connections to cellular networks so that you can access the Internet when you are away from home.

If your Windows 10 device doesn't have a SIM or eSIM card, you can still connect to a cellular network, e.g. B. via an external cellular device (also known as a cellular modem or mobile broadband device). Either way, you need a data plan from a wireless service provider to make connections.

Connecting to a cellular network for the first time

  1. Choose Network in the lower-right corner of the taskbar, select the network icon (or or), and then select the cellular network icon that appears in the list. In many cases, you will see your carrier name next to the cellular network icon.

  2. If the check box Let Windows manage this connection is disabled, select Connect out. When the box is checked, you will be automatically connected to data connections when you are not on a different type of network such as a network. B. WLAN or Ethernet are connected.

  3. When prompted, enter your username, password, and access point name (APN).

    Refer to the information that came with your Windows 10 device, SIM card, or cellular device to learn more about the available settings if you need to.

Hints:

  • If the status text "Cellular service provider blocked" appears under the name of the cellular network, insert a SIM card from your cellular network provider to establish a connection.

  • When you see the icon on the system tray network ( or ) and the Cellular quick action is disabled, enable it by selecting it. If it is deactivated, the cellular network is switched off and a connection to a cellular network cannot be established.

  • For more information on using an eSIM, see Use an eSIM card to establish a data connection on your Windows 10 PC.

Use cellular settings if you have connection problems

If your cellular connection is working properly, you do not need to change your cellular settings. However, if you have problems connecting to the cellular network, it can be helpful to change some settings.

Below is a list of cellular settings that you can use to test and troubleshoot connection problems. The settings vary depending on the model of Windows 10 device and wireless service provider.

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Let Windows manage this connection

Specifies that the Windows 10 device automatically connects to the cellular network as soon as it becomes available. Uncheck the box if you want to manually connect to the cellular network each time. Activate it if you want Windows to manage the connection for you. If the check box is selected, data connections will be established automatically if you are not connected to a network of a different type.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button, and then choose Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular off,> Let Windows manage this connection. This setting is available when the device is not connected to a cellular network. By choosing Connect it is activated.

Use this SIM for data connections

Determines which SIM or eSIM profile is used for your cellular data connection. You can choose which cellular network is used for the connections in order to keep an eye on the data transmission costs. For example, a SIM or eSIM profile may have lower data costs than another profile. This setting only appears on Windows 10 devices that have a SIM and an eSIM card. For more information on using an eSIM, see Use an eSIM to get a data connection on your Windows 10 PC.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button and then Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > use this SIM card for cellular data

Data roaming options

Specifies that the data connection to the cellular network is retained if your Windows 10 device is outside the network of your cellular provider. If you No roaming there are no roaming charges.

If you allow roaming, you have access to a data connection to the cellular network even if the Windows 10 device is in a roaming area. Depending on your data plan, you may incur higher charges when roaming.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button, and then choose Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular -> data roaming Optionsout.

Use data connection instead of WiFi

Sometimes you might be connected to a slower Wi-Fi network or in an area where a data connection is faster than Wi-Fi. In such cases, Windows can connect you to the best network within range of your current location, if you When WiFi is weak or always choose. A data connection uses your data plan, so fees may apply.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button and then Settings > Network & Internet > Cellularout .

Select apps for a data connection

To keep an eye on data usage, you can choose which apps are allowed to use mobile data and which are not. For example, if you have an app that uses a lot of data but you don't use that app often outside of your home, you might not want this app to use cellular data.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button and then Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Choose apps that can use their cellular data. On the Data Connection screen, do one or more of the following:

  • If you don't want any app to use a data connection, turn off Apps are allowed to use data connections. Apps are not allowed to use data connections. You will only send and receive data if you are connected to a different type of network.

  • If you don't want a specific app to use data connections, find the app at Select apps that are allowed to use data connections, and deactivate the use of data connections for this app.

Network selection

Is displayed when roaming and defines which cellular network is used for the connection. The default setting is “Automatic”.

If you get a message when you try to connect to a cellular network that the selected network is not available, you can choose Search for networks and then select a different cellular network.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button, and then choose Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded optionsout.

Active network

Displays the name of the cellular network used.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button, and then choose Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded optionsout.

Set as clocked connection

A metered connection is an Internet connection that has been assigned a data limit. Data connections are set as metered by default. Some apps may not work normally on a metered connection to reduce data usage. In addition, some updates for Windows are not installed automatically.

If you set a data limit for your cellular data connection in the data usage settings, Windows can set the metered connection for you and keep you below your data limit. For more information on how to set a data limit, see Set Your Data Limit .

If you want to change the metered connection setting but you can't, see Why can't I change the metered connection setting?

To find this setting, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Network and internet > Cellular > Expanded options out.

Add APN

The access point name (APN) for the Internet is the address with which the Windows 10 device establishes the Internet connection via a data connection to the cellular network. The Internet APN is usually set automatically.

If your data connection isn't working and you can't connect to the internet, enter a new internet APN based on your location and wireless service provider. If you can connect to WiFi using your PC or a Windows 10 device, you can search the Internet APN settings online.

  1. Choose begin the Start button, and then select Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded options off,> add an APN

  2. Then do one or more of the following:

    • Enter in the field Profile name the name of the APN profile.

    • Enter in the field APN the address of the APN used.

    • Enter in the field User name the username of your cellular account.

    • Enter in the field password your cellular account password.

    • Choose Type of login information and then select the authentication method used.

    • Choose IP type and then the type of IP address to use.

    • Choose APN type, and then select Internet out.

  3. Check the box Apply this profileif you want to use the APN profile immediately after saving.

  4. Choose to save > OK out.

  5. To return to the list of existing APN profiles, press Back Select and search for the "Internet APN" entry.

"Properties"

This option displays information about the SIM card and the data connection to the cellular network. For example, you can find the IMEI number here.

Choose Copy to paste the information into an email, for example. This can be useful if you are having connection problems and need to send information to your wireless service provider or a support representative.

To find this property setting, select begin The Start button, and then choose Settings >Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded optionsout.

"Use SIM PIN"

Specifies that you use a PIN for the SIM card on the Windows 10 device to block the data connection to the cellular network for unauthorized persons. After you have set up the SIM PIN, you will be asked to enter it every time you connect.

When prompted, enter the SIM PIN. If this is your first time using this option, please enter the default SIM PIN. If you don't know the default SIM PIN, go to your wireless service provider website and search for information. You have to restart your Windows 10 device so that the mobile data connection is blocked with a SIM PIN.

If you have already set a SIM PIN, enter it when prompted. Then choose OK out.

To find this SIM PIN setting begin , select the Start button, and then select Settings >Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded options > SIM PIN under the section security use off.

Remove SIM PIN

This option appears if you are using a SIM PIN. If you are using a SIM PIN and you no longer want to use it, select Remove SIM PIN enter your current SIM PIN, and then select OK out.

To find this SIM PIN setting begin , select the Start button, and then select Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded options > SIM PIN under the section security remove from.

Change SIM PIN

This option appears if you are using a SIM PIN. To change the SIM PIN, select Change SIM PIN off, type in the box Current SIM PIN the current SIM PIN and in the field New SIM PIN the new SIM PIN. Confirm the new SIM PIN by entering it again in the field Confirm the new SIM PIN and then select OK out.

To find this setting, select begin The Start button, and then choose Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > Expanded options > SIM PIN under the section security change from.

Unlock SIM PIN

This option appears if you are using a SIM PIN and an incorrect PIN has been entered three times. In this case, the SIM card will be blocked and will not be usable until you unlock it. To unblock it, you need the PUK code (PIN Unblocking Key) from your mobile operator.

Next, choose Release SIM PINthen enter the PUK code. If the wrong PUK code is entered too often, your SIM card will be permanently blocked and you will need a new SIM card from the mobile operator.

If you want to find this setting if your SIM card begin blocked, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Network & Internet > Cellular > advanced> Options out to the SIM PIN under the section security to unlock