[Solved] Fix iPhone, iPad Does Not Connect To Wifi Network

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Many of our readers reported this problem when their iphone does not connect to some wifi network, as they say “Cant get my iphone to connect to wifi network” and some say they “cannot connect their new iphone to connect to home network”.

iPhone, iPad Does Not Connect To Some Wifi Network

After some research on this iphone problem, we found out that there could be several reasons because of which your iphone does not connect to Wi-Fi network with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and these reasons are:

  • Unable to locate or join a nearby Wi-Fi network
  • Weak or low Wi-Fi signal strength
  • Connected to Wi-Fi network, but unable to access the Internet

Following are some steps

Fix iPhone Not Getting Connected To Wi-Fi or WLAN Network

Perform the following steps on your apple device, the steps below applies to both iphone and ipad.

  • Tap Settings > Wi-Fi and turn Wi-Fi off and then on again.
  • Verify that you are in range of your Wi-Fi router or base station.
  • Confirm that your Wi-Fi router and Cable/DSL modem are connected to power and turned on.
  • Check whether other devices (portable computers, for example) are able to connect to the Wi-Fi network and access the Internet.
  • Update your Wi-Fi router to the latest firmware.
    • For AirPort Base Stations, refer to this article for information about firmware updates. For third-party Wi-Fi routers, check the manufacturer’s website for details on updating your firmware.
  • Restart your iOS device
    • Hold the On/Off button until “slide to power off” appears. Slide to power off your device. When it is off, press the On/Off button to turn it back on.

Fix Unable To Join Wi-Fi Network

  • Check to see if the network is available by tapping Settings > Wi-Fi and choose from the available networks listed there. Note: It may take a few seconds for the Wi-Fi network name to appear.
  • Wi-Fi networks configured as closed or private do not broadcast the network name to Wi-Fi devices.
    • Join a closed or private network by tapping Settings > Wi-Fi > Other and entering the Wi-Fi network name, security, and password.
  • Try restarting your Wi-Fi router by turning it off and then on again.
    • Note: If your ISP also provides cable or phone service, check with them before attempting this step to avoid interruption of service.
  • When joining an 802.11n Wi-Fi network, ensure your router is properly configured. See this article for more information.
  • Reset network settings by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
    • Note: This will reset all network settings, including passwords, VPN, and APN settings.

Fix iPhone Connects To Wi-Fi Network But Signal Is Weak

  • Try moving closer to the Wi-Fi router or base station to see if the Wi-Fi signal improves.
  • Remove your iOS device from any case, stand, or other attachment to see if the Wi-Fi signal improves.
  • Open Safari and try to load a webpage to see if the Wi-Fi signal improves.

Fix iPhone Connects To Wi-Fi Network But Cannot Use Internet

  • If you are using a public or commercial network that requires a login or subscription, then you may need to login to a webpage which opens up most of the time once you are connected to wifi network.
  • Verify that you are selecting the correct network if you are in a location with multiple Wi-Fi networks.
  • Verify that the Wi-Fi network settings are correct. You can view and configure Wi-Fi settings using the following steps:
    • Tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
    • Locate the Wi-Fi network you are currently using and tap.
  • If you’ve verified that your settings are correct and the issue persists, try the following:
    • Tap “Forget this Network” to reset settings for this Wi-Fi network, including the password. Then try connecting to the network again.
      Note: This can be useful if you identify a network issue and want to prevent the device from automatically using this network in the future.
    • Reset network settings by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Note: This will reset all network settings, including passwords, VPN, and APN settings.

Note: If the Wi-Fi network uses MAC address filtering, you will need to add the MAC address to the access list for the Wi-Fi router. The MAC address for your device is listed as the Wi-Fi address in Settings > General > About.

iPhone, iPad May Not Connect To Wi-Fi Network With Weak Encryption

For some reason iphone does not connect to a Wi-Fi network with encryption WEP 128 Bit, you should either have WEP 40/64 bit or to WPA-PSK [TKIP] or WPA2-PSK[AES] or the combination of these two encryption.

iPhone, iPad Also May Not Connect To Wi-Fi Network When The Network Name is Wi-Fi Router Name

Choose a name that is unique to your network i.e SSID and is not shared by other nearby networks or other networks you are likely to encounter. If your router came with a default SSID (network name), it is especially important that you change it to a different, unique name. Some common default SSID names to avoid are “linksys”, “netgear”, “NETGEAR”, “dlink”, “wireless”, “2wire”, and “default”, but there are others. If your SSID is not unique, Wi-Fi devices will have trouble identifying your network. This could cause them to fail to automatically connect to your network, or to connect to other networks sharing the same SSID.

iPhone, iPad May Not Connect To Hidden Wi-Fi Network

In case if you are trying to network whose SSID is hidden. Hidden networks don’t broadcast their SSID over Wi-Fi. Because hidden networks don’t broadcast their SSID, it is more difficult for devices to find them, which can result in increased connection time and can reduce the reliability of auto-connection.

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