How to fix ‘Not registered on Network’ in Android? [Solved]

  • Vivek P 
fix not registered on network

Quite often, we encounter no signals/no network problem on our Android devices. This can be due to wrong SIM placement or configuration. If your Android device has the same problem too, read this guide and learn How to fix Not registered on Network error for Airtel, Vodafone, Jio, Vi SIM Cards and Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and all Android devices.

SIM slots have come a long way since the Macro SIM cards of keypad phones. With the invent of Nano SIM cards, slot designs have also changed making way for Hybrid SIM slots. We can insert both dual SIM and SD card inside the same slot. Before trying to fix network error from settings, make sure your SIM is placed correctly inside the SIM slot.

5 Ways to Fix Not registered on Network in Airtel, Vodafone, Samsung, Jio

not registered on network
Not registered on Network in Android | Source: Xtremerain

If the SIM is activated, you will see Signal bars and 4G icons. If you see empty bars or a cross icon, it means that SIM is not registered on Network. You will see the same error if you try to call, message or switch on Data. To fix this, we need to find if the error is with your SIM card or Android device.

Not registered on network meaning: Mobiles find a nearby network automatically by detecting the SIM card. This error means that your Android device is unable to find a Network to connect the signal. There may be an error with SIM placement, Time settings and Device configuration. Also make sure you have an Unlocked SIM card that’s allowed to be used in your country.

Major networks like Airtel, Vodafone, Jio frequently show this error when you go to a low signal area. This issue has also been found in Samsung J7, J7 prime, S8, S9 and a few Xiaomi devices as well. So, Try these 5 easy fixes for both SIM and device settings and check if your SIM network has been registered on the device.

1. How to fix Not registered on network for Airtel, Jio, Vodafone?

Scan for all available networks Android
Manual Network Scan

SIM cards enable to turn on Network services on phones and depending on your device, you may have a Macro, Micro or Nano SIM. Only older model phones still have Macro SIMs as new devices have shifted to Nano SIM slots. These Hybrid SIM slots contain both dual SIM and SD card support putting all of them into a small Slot holder.

So, if your SIM network is not registered by default, there may be a problem with SIM holder. Before you try out the manual method, make sure you inserted the SIM into the device slot correctly. If you still have problems registering network, try to search manually for nearby networks. If there is a signal tower of your registrar, you can connect the SIM manually.

  1. Go to Settings>Network and Connections>SIM management.
  2. Here, select the SIM you want to search.
  3. In options, select ‘Search manually for network.’
  4. The SIM card will search for nearby towers and show the results.
  5. If you have your SIM registrar (Airtel, JIO, Vodafone) available to connect, it will be visible.
  6. Click Connect to network to register your SIM on Android.
  7. If you still aren’t able to connect, this means your location doesn’t have a signal tower for your SIM.

2. How to fix Samsung Not registered on network?

So many Samsung devices from J series, S series and A series line up complained of this error. Android uses Network firmware to maintain SIM networks through the SIM card manager. Whenever there is an update, these firmware get either outdated or corrupt. Without the firmware, the device denies to search for SIM networks thereby displaying the error.

This is a common error in T-mobile, Virgin, AT&T in phones that update their firmware with software updates. To solve this, we have to update the firmware and also check for corrupt IMEI/EFS data. If the device doesn’t have a registered IMEI number, SIM cards deny network access until they find valid IMEI/EFS data. To fix Not registered on network in Samsung:

a) Update the Dialler App and SIM firmware

  1. Go to Settings>Apps>Permissions.
  2. Here, find for Dialler App and open it. Select the ‘update’ button. (If you can’t click update, your Dialler App is on the latest version).
  3. Now, go back to Apps and search for ‘SIM card manager’.
  4. Click on update. You can also disable and enable these services to restart them.
  5. Restart your device and connect to the network.

3. Restore corrupted IMEI Number/EFS Data

restore efs data with efs pro
EFS Pro to restore EFS/IMEI data | Source:

To check your IMEI number, go to settings>about and look for phone data. If you don’t see a valid number, it means your IMEI has been corrupted. By restoring this data, you will share a clear information about your device letting the SIM find its network.

  1. Get EFS Pro from XDA Developers to your computer.
  2. Download Microsoft .NET framework on your Windows PC.
  3. Now connect your device through .NET and boot with EFS pro.
  4. The app will search for your device data and restore the IMEI/EFS folders.
  5. Reboot the phone to connect back to network.

4. Update APN Settings to fix Mobile data registration

Access Point settings in Android
APN Settings in Android

A few times, network is registered but this error appears only when we try to use Mobile data. This error will allow the user to make calls, send SMS but doesn’t allow internet usage. As all SIM cards use Access Point Names (APN) to fetch data from network, we must update and save our Access points from old network to new SIM network. By doing this, we create our own Proxy, APN address, Port and server for our registered SIM card.

  • Go to Settings>Data>Access Point Names.
  • Once you find APN for your SIM, enter it here and leave the Port, Username, Passwords field empty.
  • Fill the ‘Server’ field with your SIM internet address.
  • Click ‘Save’ and select ‘Use this APN for SIM 1/2’.
SIM NetworkAccess Point NameServer / MMSC
Airtel (Port 8080)
Vodafone (Port 9401) (Proxy (MMSC)
Jio (Proxy 202.88)JIONET

5. Contact network provider to check for SIM status

If you are still unable to register your SIM card, its time to take a deeper look at the problem. Once you configure the settings and rule out the Android issue, the problem is in either SIM slot or the card itself. A corrupt card with scratches will not register SIM network and the same thing goes with a corrupt SIM slot.

Contact your Network provider for a new SIM card with the same number and try registering. Then contact a phone service centre and get your SIM slot checked. If you have scratches on either Slot or Receiver, the service person will change it for you. By clearing both Android firmware and Device issues, your ‘Not registered on network’ issue must be solved by now.

If you still have the error, please let us know in the comments or any other solutions that worked for our readers. For more Android tips, bookmark us and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *