How to fix Android phone not connecting to WiFi

If your Android phone won’t connect to WiFi, below are a number of methods to troubleshoot and fix the most common WiFi connection issues on Android phones and tablets.

Android phone not connecting to WiFi

There can be a number of reasons why Android phone won’t connect to WiFi network and this common problem has been reported by a number of users on internet forums.

Below are some of the methods that other users have found useful to fix the Android phone not connecting to WiFi network issue.

Before trying any of the methods below, make sure your modem/router is working properly and there is no problem with the internet connection in your area or with your internet service provider.

Make sure WiFi is set to ON

It’s entirely possible that you accidentally turned off the WiFi option on your Android phone. Therefore, follow the steps below to take a look and enable WiFi on your Android phone (if it was disabled).

1. On your Android phone’s home screen, tap settings.

2. On the settings screen, tap Wireless Internet access.

WiFi option on Android Phone

3. Make sure of this on the WiFi screen Wireless Internet access is set to ON location and yours WiFi network will show as connected (see image below).

Enable WiFi on iPhone

Turn Wi-Fi on/off

It is known that the simple process of turning the WiFi network on and off fixes the Android phone not connecting to WiFi network issue.

1. Tap on settings > Wireless Internet access

2. Toggle on the WiFi screen OUT WiFi and turn it back on ON position again.

Check the IP address

Sometimes it is found that Android phones and tablets cannot connect to the IP address of the router/modem. You can check if this is the case on your Android phone or tablet by following the steps below.

1. Tap on settings > Wireless Internet access

2. On the Wi-Fi screen, tap More (3-dot icon) to open a drop-down menu.

More options in WiFi screen on Android phone

3. From the drop-down menu, tap the Progressive Possibility.

Advanced option on WiFi settings screen on Android phone

4. On the Advanced screen, scroll down and take a look IP address Section. If no IP address is listed and it says Not availableit confirms that for some reason your android phone cannot get the IP address of the router.

IP address not available on Android phone

The solution to this problem is really simple. only power OUT your modem/router, and then turn it on ON after 60 seconds. After that, look at the IP Address section of the Advanced WiFi Settings screen.

You should be able to see IP addresses listed and your Android phone should now connect to the WiFi network without any problems.

Restart your Android phone

Sometimes the Android phone not connecting to WiFi network issue can be related to minor software glitches on your Android phone. Simply restarting Android phone has the potential to fix such minor software glitches on your Android phone.

1. Hold down the perfomance Long press on your Android phone for a few seconds until your Android phone turns off.

2. Wait about 2 minutes and Start anew your Android phone

3. Check if your Android phone can now connect to the WiFi network.

Disable Bluetooth

Sometimes the Bluetooth option on your Android phone can interfere with WiFi connectivity. Follow the steps below to turn off Bluetooth on your Android phone and see if it helps to fix the Android phone not connecting to WiFi issue.

1. Tap on settings > Bluetooth.

Bluetooth option on Android Phone

2. On the next screen deactivate the option for Bluetooth (see image below)

Disable Bluetooth on an Android phone

Disable Smart Network Switch

Samsung Galaxy phones and other Android phones come with Smart Network Switch feature. This feature is designed to automatically connect your Android phone to the cellular network when your phone detects that it encounters a weak WiFi network.

However, enabling this option is known to result in dropped WiFi connections. So, follow the steps below to disable Smart Network Switch option on your Android phone.

1. Tap on settings > Wireless Internet access.

2. Tap on the Wi-Fi screen More (3-dot menu icon) to open a drop-down menu

More option on wifi screen on android phone

3. From the menu that appears, tap Intelligent network switch Possibility.

Smart Network Switch option on Android Phone

4. On the next screen, make sure Smart Network Switch is set to OUT Position.

Disable Smart Network Switch option on Android phone

Forget the WiFi network and join again

Follow the steps below to make your Android phone forget the WiFi network and then reconnect to your WiFi network.

1. Tap on settings > Wireless Internet access

2. Tap and hold on the Wi-Fi screen WiFi network you are currently connected to (see image below).

WiFi network name on android phone

3. In the pop-up, tap the forgot network Possibility.

Forget the network option on iPhone

After you forget the WiFi network, rejoin your WiFi network by following the steps below.

1. Tap yours WiFi network Surname.

Name of the WiFi network to connect to on the Android phone

2. In the pop-up window, enter your WiFi network password and then tap Connect to join your WiFi network.

Connect to the WiFi network on the Android phone

Disable power saving mode

As you must be aware, the power saving mode of your Android phone is designed to extend your phone’s battery life by disabling battery draining features on your Android phone.

However, power saving mode can also turn off WiFi on your Android phone to save power. So if you want to connect to WiFi, you need to turn off the power saving mode on your Android phone.

1. Wipe Low at the top of your Android phone’s screen.

2. In the slide-down menu, look for the option for power saving mode and tap on it.

Disable power saving mode on Android phone

3. make sure that power saving mode is disabled on your Android phone.

Disable location services for the WiFi network

Follow the steps below to disable location services for WiFi on your Android phone.

1. Tap on settings > Wireless Internet access

2. On the Wi-Fi screen, tap More (menu icon) to open a drop-down menu.

More options in WiFi screen on Android phone

3. From the drop-down menu, tap the Progressive Possibility.

Advanced option on WiFi settings screen on Android phone

4. Rotate on the extended screen OUT the option for Always allow scanning (See image below).

Disable WiFi location tracking on an Android phone

Note: This will only disable location services for WiFi networks, it will not affect your WiFi functionality.

Go to Google DNS

If your Android phone continues to have network connection problems, it’s possible that your ISP’s DNS server is busy or having problems.

In such a case, you may want to switch DNS settings to Google DNS on your Android phone by following the steps below.

1. Tap on settings > Wireless Internet access.

2. On the Wi-Fi screen, tap and hold your WiFi network name.

WiFi network name on android phone

3. Tap on the pop-up Manage network settings Possibility.

Manage network settings screen option on Android phone

4. On the next popup, tap Show advanced options.

View advanced WiFi options on Android phone

5. Once you can see the advanced options, scroll down the list of advanced options to items marked with DNS1 and DNS2 (See image below)

Change DNS settings in Google DNS on Android phone

6. Change DNS1 to 8.8.8.8 and DNS2 too 8.8.4.4 and tap on save (see image above).

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