iPhone or iPad can’t connect to WiFi – How to fix the problem
A lot of problems with the Wi-Fi connection appear on the iOS 10.3.1 update which, causes slowness and not maintaining a stable internet connection on the iPhone 7 Plus. There are only few things you can do on an iPad without an active internet connection, which is why it is essential to make sure you can connect to a stable Wi-Fi network with good speed and stability. Without worrying about breaking suddenly when downloading apps, sending emails and surfing the web. Issues can however occur that may prevent your iPad Air/iPhone 6s from properly connecting to a stable network, all of which can be easily rectified as outlined in the following list of method on fixing Wi-FI for iOS 10.3.1.
Is your router turned on or is the connection running?
Check your router and ensure that WiFi is actually turned on. Many modern routers have a switch or button that allows you to enable and disable the WiFi connection.
Check your password
It isn’t difficult to incorrectly type a password, especially if it is a difficult combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Ensure that you are typing in the correct password and you may just find that it is the solution you are looking for.
Check your distance from the router
In order to successfully establish a connection and utilize it, you must be within range of the router. The required range for a WiFi connection varies across different routers, however the standard range is between 150 to 300 feet based on whether you are indoors or outdoors.
Restart your iPad
It is not unusual for technology to become unresponsive (‘to hang’), so restarting the tablet could help reset the internal modem.
Steps on how to restart an iPad:
1) Press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds until a red slider appears on your screen.
2) Swipe the slider to the right, confirming that you would like to restart.
3) After your iPad has completely turned off, press and hold your power button again, waiting until the Apple logo appears on screen.
4) Once your iPad has restarted you can attempt to connect to your WiFi service again.
Reset the iPad’s WiFi connection
You can reset the iPad’s WiFi connection by simply going to Settings > Wi-Fi and sliding the button to OFF, waiting for a few seconds, and switching to ON again.
Watch this video Walk-through guide on Fixing iPad Won’t Connect Wi-Fi Problems
Renew the lease
An iPad saves, or ‘leases’ in this case, the IP address of a network for a certain period of time and sometimes this can cause problems. The IP fortunately can be quickly renewed by clicking the Renew lease button within the networks settings.
Steps on how to renew the lease on an iPad:
1) Go to Settings > Wi-Fi
2) Choose which network you are attempting to connect to and click the blue arrow on the far right of the screen
3) Click on Renew lease and select Renew
If renewing the lease didn’t help, fully forgetting the network might do the trick. You can do this by going to Settings, then Wi- Fi and clicking on the same blue arrow as described above.
Then your iPad will Forget the network and reconnect to it with fresh settings.
Reset network settings & Change Network Name
It also might be a good idea to reset all network settings. It may sound extreme to some, but all that would happen is that all Network information would be cleared off your iPad. Please note that all saved Wi-Fi passwords will be lost!
Steps on how to reset the network settings on your iPad/iPhone 6:
1) Go to Settings
2) Click on General Settings
3) Then go to Reset
4) Click on Reset Network Settings
Some people found changing the network name fixes the Wi-Fi 8.0 problems
8. Turn off iPad Wi-Fi Network
People found turning off Wi-Fi Network helps in connecting to Wifi more easily. To turn off Wi-Fi Network go to Privacy -> Location Services -> System Settings and look for Wi-Fi Networking and turn it off. This doesn’t turn the Wi-Fi off, this will only turn off the GPS that will determine location.
Changing to Custom DNS Settings (126.96.36.199)
Try changing the DNS to 188.8.131.52 which is own by google(which will promise speed & security)
Goto Wi-Fi Setting
tap on the i Looking button
Change the DNS to 184.108.40.206 or you can look for other secure DNS
Turn on WPS button on router (For Newer Router Model Only)
If your router has a WPS button hold on to it for a couple of seconds. WPS will make it more easy for iPads, smart phone and other device to secure a wireless home network.
Getting Weak iPad Wifi Signal from Router?
Are you experiencing poor and slow WiFi speed that will suddenly cut you off? You have to be right next to the router to even connect to the internet. To fix this problem, you need to change your router’s Wireless Channel or improve the signal with a DIY trick on how to fix Slow Wi-Fi Speed on iPhone/iPad
Log into Wifi Router Turn off WMM Power Save
The webpage for router setting is: 192.168.0.1 (yours could be 192.168.1.1 – or look at the back of the modem) or the number it say on the Router Number setting for your iPad – if you never change account/password for router try Account: admin
Password: admin or blank
Note: This fix work for some users only. First log into the router setting and look for Wireless setting. On wireless, look for a setting call WMM Power Save and turn it off. WMM Power Save can be found in advance setting on wireless most the time, it just depend on your router.
On the next page, we’ll have more tips on fixing the iPad’s Wifi. We’ll have more details on changing router setting to match the iPad signal.
12. Restart your router
If you are still unable to establish a connection it is time to restart your internet router. It is quite possible that the router is failing to transmit a connection over the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz frequency block. Look for a red button on the router to reset it. After restarting your router allow it to sit for 1 – 2 minutes before attempting to establish a connection again, this will allow it enough time to restart the WiFi service.
Router Wi-Fi Security WEP, WPA, and WPA2
Go to your Wi-Fi setting. In router Wi-Fi Wireless Security setting, look for a dropdown menu and set WPA/WPA2 Personal.
Firmware Upgrade on Router
If you have reset your router and the internet is still not work, you can try upgrading the router’s firmware to the latest version. To upgrade the router, you will need to google your router brand. For example: TP-Link Archer C7 firmware latest. When you have the latest download, go to 192.168.0.1 or the IP on the back of the router. Look for System tools -> Firmware Upgrade.
Buying New dual band Wi-fi Router
If you really want to continue to use the iPad and can’t seem to fix your Wi-Fi, try buying a Dual Band wireless Wi-fi Router. Only use this solution, if your router is pretty old and that you are able to get an internet connection from other routers. Try going to a friend’s house or an Apple store to test the Wi-Fi, so you know that your iPad’s Wi-Fi antenna is not broken. A Wireless “AC Router” will have the best signal because of new technology that run on 5 GHz band.
Is your iPad up to date?
Another common issue that can cause problems is allowing the operating system or firmware on your device to become out of date. Apple regularly releases both small and large updates, all of which are targeted at enhancing your device or rectifying known bugs and software problems. Checking to see if your iPad requires an update is easy and it is even easier to upgrade it if an update is available. But now a lot of people that had updated to iOS 8.0 or iOS 10.3.1 is having Wi-Fi problem where they are getting slow speed or being disconnected every 10 to 30 minutes.
a) Firstly, plug your iPad into your computer and start up iTunes, this may take a few moments depending on the speed of your computer.
b) Now navigate to the “Device” section on iTunes and select your device.
c) Once iTunes has loaded the Device Dashboard screen click on “Check for updates”.
You can get new iOS 9.3 update with a cable to iTunes on PC/Mac, allowing you to download and then install the update on your devices. Once this has been completed restart your iPad and attempt to establish a WiFi connection again, which should now be fixed.
Turning off New WiFi Assist feature on iOS 10.3.1 on iPhone
The new Wi-Fi Assist is turn on defaulted when you upgrade to iOS 9.2. This feature will turn Wi-Fi to Mobile data when you have a weak internet connection. Try turning this On and Off to see if this is messing up your internet. To do this goto: Settings -> Cellular -> Wi-Fi Assist (scroll to the bottom and turn it off)
Resetting iPhone/iPad Settings to default
Go Tap on Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings
This will reset your iPhone to the default setting, it won’t delete photos and other media.
Downloading A Router App: To See Signal
Below are some of the most popular branded Router Apps. Make sure you download the correct App that is same brand as your router. If you don’t know your router brand, look for the label. These app will allow you to test different router setting with your iPhone .
If none of those work, you should check one last time on having the right setting. Like having Airplane Mode off, having Wi-Fi enable, having HTTP Proxy off, having the right password and that other iDevices like iPhone 7 can connect to your internet. Main internet provider like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, Charter and Verizon would offer the best stable internet connection in the US. If your warranty is still should go check with an Apple Store to see if it’s a hardware problem.
Please leave a comment below if you’re having Wi-Fi problems on iPhone/iPad (by giving details of your problem like if you’re using iOS 10 or 9.3.5) or suggest other solutions below, so other readers will have more methods on fixing their iPhone Wi-fi internet connection.