How to configure 3G dongle on 3G supported Android tablet PC

| May 10, 2013 | 33 Comments

First of all we must decide which tablet dongle to tabletwe must buy, a 3G SIM supported tablet or 3G support via external dongle. The difference between two is that in former case, you just need a 3G SIM, insert it in tablet, configure it and enjoy 3G services on tablet. In later case, the tablet supporting 3G via external dongle, you need to buy a 3G dongle separately from the market along with a 3G SIM from a 3G mobile service provider.

3G SIM supported tablet is more handy than to use 3G via a 3G dongle. In both cases, you just need to follow few simple steps to configure 3G service on your tablet which takes hardly few minutes and then you can access 3G services on your tablet.

Steps to be followed for 3G dongle supported tablets.

Step-1: If your tablet is having USB port, you can directly connect the dongle to this USB port. If your tablet is having microUSB port then you will need extra cable to convert micro USB to USB. You can buy this OTG cable for less than Rs 200.

Now insert 3G SIM into dongle and connect the dongle to your tablet. Please ensure that 3G network is available in the area where you are using your tablet. A green light will blink on your dongle as soon as your dongle detect 3G signal.

Step-2: Now touch “menu” and then touch “Settings”.dongle to tablet2

Step-3: Make sure to put Wi-Fi off here. Under  “Wireless & Networks” select “more” and then  “ Mobile Networks”.

Step-4: In “Mobile networks” settings, you can see “Access Point Names”, “Data enabled” and “Data roaming”. Enable both “Data enabled” and “Data roaming”.

Step-5: Now open “Access Point Names” you will see lot of parameters to be filled like APN, USER, Password, Dial Number, APN Type, Name, MCC, MNC, MMS Proxy, MMS Port, Authentication type, APN Protocol etc. some of these parameters are having default values, don’t change it and fill up only the required fields like APN, MCC, MNC, username and password etc.

The value of all these fields APN (Access Point Name), MCC (Mobile Country Code) and MNC (Mobile Network Code) can be obtained from your 3G service provider since values changes from operator to operator and state to state . For example  Airtel in one state is having different values than in other states. The value of MCC and MNC may be confirmed by clicking here

Based on available information, following chart is prepared to help you to fill up the key parameters in APN settings on your tablet.apn settings

For 3G SIM supported Tablets, all above settings holds good or you can get settings by sending a SMS as mentioned in above table. Save the received settings in your tablets, you can activate 3G services on your tablet.

You can also find 3G supported tablets to buy, just by clicking here or on any other online shopping site.

I hope now you can do 3G setting at your own level on your tablets. Enjoy browsing on your tablet now.

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  1. very useful information, thanks for sharing

  2. vish says:

    does karbonn tafone A34 support 3G via external 3G dongle

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  4. Tablet PC says:

    I like it Android tablet PC with 3G dongle. Thanks for sharing this post.

  5. amine says:

    what if i don’t have mobile networks inmy tablet
    what should i do ?

  6. yhandabu says:

    Does 3g dongle work on tablet without SIM CARD but it supports by 3g dongle?

  7. arul says:

    Can I connect 3g dongle to my android phone via OTG cable?

  8. Bill says:

    the Android Tablet Pipo Max M9 10.1”, support external USB 3G Dongle?

    thanks in advance.

  9. sidharth says:

    Does lenovo a 1000 support 3g via external data card if yes which data card should I use please advice

  10. Akshay says:

    Im not able to connect my iball slide 6318i to my tata photon+(AC2787 HSIA)
    i tried filling the details in new APN but im not able to save it..
    plzz help

  11. R.anilkumar says:

    hello sir am using asus memopad ME17v tablet . kindly help which dongle connectivity apps support to my tablet

  12. Souvik Dutta says:

    i have a Asus Fonepad and i can’t connect Airtel 4G dongle.
    i have tried to configure, but itz not working.
    Can somebody help me out?

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  16. Shamshad says:


    i have Asus Fonepad 7 ME372, it support 2G and 3G but i am not able to connect reliance 3g data card with fonepad 7,

    can any one guide me pls.

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  17. Nelson says:

    I haven´t seen a comprehensive article like this! thank you very much

  18. Rajesh says:

    i bought THOMOSON 16 GB 25.65 (10.1”) Touch Screen Tablet PC Model No.:MID1002.
    This taqblet is having the feature to connect 3G dongle.
    My doubt here is can i get any service provider 3g dongles or i need to check the dongle numbers.
    Pleaes help me out.

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  20. Eric says:

    I cannot connect my airtel. 3G card on my pipo what can I do

  21. kiran says:

    does the asus fonepad7 2013 supports a 3g dongle??

  22. mobilook says:

    Thanks for sharing very useful information.This article will help newbie android users to configure 3G setting on their new tablet in a simple manner.

  23. anubhau says:

    iam having datawind tablet ubislate 7cz but before my mts dongle was working in it but now it is not woring

  24. anubhau says:

    iam using ubislate 7cz tablet but before my mts dongle was working but now it is not working

  25. Pallab Bhattacharya says:

    Thanks a lot Vishal, that tutorial is really helpful. I have a query, that I think only a genius in the field like you can take on. I am using a tata photon + dongle. But unfortunately I couldn’t connect internet with it on my Asus Fonepad 7, dual sim ME175CG equipped with voice calling and 3G. I used a OTG cable for the connection. The light on the dongle does blink same as when connected to PC, but the access point names menu is appearing hidden (disabled) so I can’t go any further for putting in the APN parameters. I don’t wanna use any SIM with this tab since the dongle is just lying with me. Please help me !!!

  26. Anil Bhange says:

    Thanks for sharing this information, its really useful for all of us.

  27. nabeel says:

    why di i not have data roaming in my zen a900….thats why i cant use the dongle

  28. Xolo says:

    does XOLO Play Tab 7.0 Tablet supports external usb dongle please reply?

  29. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest of the site is also very good.

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