How to Fix The iPhone Won't Connect to Wi-Fi Problems

Symptoms: iPhone Won't Connect to Wi-Fi

"My iPhone won't log onto my home or work Wi-Fi. It recognizes the Wi-Fi and I have put in the correct passwords but I just get an alter saying unable to join the network."

"iPhone wont connect to Wi-Fi after iOS 10 update. It doesn't find any Wi-Fi connections around me. Please help me!"

"My iPhone 6 can't connect to Wi-Fi after entering the right password. It keeps displaying incorrect password for every different Wi-Fi I tried to enter. Any clues?"

"Why won't my iPhone connect to Wi-Fi?" Many of you could have the same puzzle when trying to get into network. Even those who have jailbroken or unlocked their iPhone using blackra 1 n and blacksn0w have also reported the same issue. It also occur frequently after you update iPhone to iOS 10/9.3/9.2/9/8/7. Recently, many users have complained that iPhones no longer connecting to a cellular network after iOS upgrade, with a message of "no service".

The iPhone won't connect to network problems include the inability to connect to Wi-Fi, 3G/Edge, lack of push notifications and issues with the YouTube application, etc.

Here are the most effective ways you can try to fix the iPhone won't connect to Wi-Fi (or Bluetooth). And all of them apply to any iPhone models (including jailbroken or non-jailbroken iPhone 7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4), as well as iPad, iPod touch and other iOS device.

Resolution: How to Fix The iPhone 7/SE/6s/5S/5C/5/4S/4 Won't Connect to Wi-Fi Problems (after Updating to iOS 10/9/8)

For your information, we'd like to show you the all-round knowledge about Wi-Fi networks and connections in parts. You will expertly fix the Wi-Fi connection issue, expecially the Wi-Fi connection problem after iOS 8, 9, or 10 update.

Part 1: Understanding of Wi-Fi Connection

Wi-Fi is a high technology that allows you to wirelessly connect your device to a local-area network. A Wi-Fi connection will allow you to browse the Internet, connect to the App Store and iTunes Store, and use many other features of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Part 2: How to Connect to Wi-Fi

Here are the ways to connect to the most common Wi-Fi network configurations for your iPhone.

  • To connect to a network: Tap Settings > Wi-Fi, turn on Wi-Fi (it will automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks), and tap your desired Wi-Fi network. When your device is connected to the Wi-Fi network, a checkmark and the Wi-Fi logo will appear.
  • To connect to a password-protected network: Tap Settings > Wi-Fi, turn on Wi-Fi, tap your desired Wi-Fi network (a password-protected network will have a lock icon), enter your password, and tap Join. If you do not know the password to the secured network, contact your network administrator.
  • To connect to a hidden network: Tap Settings > Wi-Fi > Other (by default a hidden network will not appear in your available network list). Then enter the name of the network and tap Security to choose the security type. Tap Back in to top left, enter the password, and tap Join.

Part 3: How to Fix It When Unable to Locate a Wi-Fi Network

Try the below tips when your iPhone can't find any Wi-Fi connections.

  • 1. Verify that the network is available. To do so, tap Settings > Wi-Fi, wait a few seconds until the Wi-Fi network names appears, and choose from the available networks.
  • 2. Move closer to your wireless router (access point) and attempt to locate the Wi-Fi network.
  • 3. Reset the network settings. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Part 4: How to Fix It When Unable to Connect to a Wi-Fi Network

If your iPhone can recognize Wi-Fi networks but iPhone won't connect to Wi-Fi at home, try the tips below:

  • 1. Verify that you are attempting to connect to your desired Wi-Fi network.
  • 2. Make sure the password you enter is correct. Passwords may be case sensitive and may contain numbers or special characters.
  • 3. Reset the network settings. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Part 5: How to Fix It When Wi-Fi Disconnects or Signal Strength is Less Than Expected

If you have weak Wi-Fi signal or connection is hard to make, follow the tips below:

  • 1. Move closer to the Wi-Fi router (access point).
  • 2. Remove any case, stand, or other accessories from your iPhone to check if the signal strength improves.
  • 3. Reset the network settings. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Part 6: How to Fix It When Unable to Access the Internet While Connected to Wi-Fi

If your iPhone has already connected to Wi-Fi but cant access the Internet, you can:

  • 1. Check to see if you have a self-assigned IP address (to do so, tap Settings > Wi-Fi, locate the Wi-Fi network to which you've connected and tap ). If your IP address is 169.254.xxx.xxx, you may not be able to access the Internet.
  • 2. Reset the network settings. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Part 7: How to Fix It When Unable to Automatically Connect to Wi-Fi

If your iPhone can't automatically connect to the desired Wi-Fi, you can:

  • 1. Change your Wi-Fi name. Some wireless routers are preconfigured with a common SSID like "wireless" or "default". Change the SSID to something unique.
  • 2. Reset the network settings. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Part 8: Other Resolutions You Can Try to Fix iPhone Won't Connect to Network

If you have tried all the above tips when iPhone won't connect to Wi-Fi, but can't fix the issue, you can do as follows:

  • 1. Reset all settings. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

    Warning: You will lose all your preferences on iPhone.
  • 2. For YouTube problems on a jailbroken iPhone, you can install youtubeFix from Cydia or another package installer.
  • 3. Do original factory settings restore. This can fix all the above issues related to Wi-Fi connections. Please note that will restore your iPhone as a new iPhone by deleting all your contents, including data and settings. Still you can easily recover lost iPhone data after restore. To restore your iPhone, you can:
    • Connect iPhone to computer, open iTunes if it doesn't run automatically.
    • Under the Summary tab, select Restore. Then your iPhone will restart.

Hope all this info will figure out your problem "my iPhone won't connect to Wi-Fi". Share it with anyone you know so that they can fix the same issue. If you have any problem, you can leave it in your comment to let us know.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iPhone Follow @Jerry Cook