What to Do If Your iPhone Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi

Everyone depends on a good iPhone network connection these days. We use it at home, at work, at restaurants; it’s everywhere and for a good reason. Our iPhones are our lifeline to our friends, family, and the internet, and if you have to use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, non-Wi-Fi data can add up quickly. So, what happens when your iPhone can’t connect to Wi-Fi? By the end of this article, you will know several tricks to help you get your Wi-FI connection back if your iPhone won't connect to Wi-Fi.

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iPhone Can't Connect to Wi-Fi? Check Your Router

The first item to check is that your router is on and that you are within range. It’s easy to forget that the signal may not reach to your attic or basement. Or that your pet may have disconnected the power cable by accident. Make sure that your phone is displaying the Wi-Fi icon at the top of the screen and that you have at least one bar’s worth of signal strength.

Check Your iPhone Wi-Fi Settings

Once you are sure that your router is on and that you are within range, make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled on your phone.

  1. Go to Settings and select Wi-Fi.
  2. Make sure that the button is toggled to the on position.


     
  3. If it isn’t, turn it on, and you should see your network’s name appear in the section below labeled My Networks. 
  4. Tap on the Wi-Fi network name to join, and that should solve your issue.


     
  5. If your Wi-Fi was on and you see no connection, keep reading.

Time to Reboot Everything

  1. Turn off your router and disconnect it from the network cable and the electrical source, and wait for a minute or so.
  2. Shut down your phone by pressing and holding the side button until prompted to power it off, or in older iPhone models, press and hold the top or side button until you see the “slide to power off” prompt.


     
  3. Leaving your phone off, reconnect your router to the cable and power source, and wait until it has finished its boot-up cycle. This process takes a couple of minutes.
  4. Turn your phone on. If your phone has not automatically joined your WI-FI network, go back into Settings > Wi-FI and see if your network name appears in the My Networks section.
  5. If it’s there, tap on it, and you may be prompted to re-enter your password.
  6. Enter the correct password, and your issue should be solved.

iPhone Still Won't Connect to Wi-Fi?

You may try one last option before asking for help from your Internet Service Provider, and that is to reset all your network settings on your iPhone. The network reset will include all network passwords, Wi-Fi Networks that your iPhone has remembered, your cellular settings, and VPN settings you may be using. Not terrible, but somewhat inconvenient.

  1. Go to Settings > General and tap Reset.


     
  2. Tap Reset Network Settings.
  3. Enter your iPhone passcode.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings to confirm.

If Resetting Your Network Settings Doesn’t Work

There could be a problem at your ISP. Give them a call and find out if the problem is on their end or let them help you figure out what the issue is.

Still Can't Connect Your iPhone to Wi-Fi? Never Fear

Using one of these options, and barring some unusual hardware malfunction, your iPhone’s Wi-Fi should be working again. Even the most reliable networks experience glitches that can interrupt your service or connection. The most important thing to do is to stay calm and use these instructions. You’ll be reconnected in no time at all.

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