How to Fix iPhone Won't Connect to WiFi - 2021

iPhone won't connect to WiFi? This article covers easy ways that you can use to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.


Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Mar 04, 2022
5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

How to Fix iPhone Won't Connect to WiFi - 2021

One of the primary uses of our iPhones is using them to surf the network and socialize on different social media platforms. To do this, one needs to have an uninterruptable network connection, most probably from Wi-Fi.

When your iPhone refuses to connect to the network, the problem comes in, making it hard for you to access different services. This article has gathered different ways that you can use to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.

Things to Check If iPhone Won't Connect to Wi-Fi

1. Check Wi-Fi Router

The first thing to do is ensure that your router is on. Go ahead and restart it to ensure that it is working well. Also, ensure that you are within the range of the router.

2. Confirm if Wi-Fi is enabled on your iPhone

Ensure that your iPhone's Wi-Fi is turned on and that your network is listed among the network connection. You can also try to forget the network then try connecting again.

iphone wont connect to wifi network

3. Check Cables and Connections

Your iPhone may refuse to connect to the network when the connection is not stable. You can check and ensure that the cables are properly connected and that the network connection is stable.

4. Ensure Airplane mode is Turned off

You may accidentally turn on airplane mode resulting in disconnecting of the Wi-Fi network. En-sure that airplane mode is disabled before trying to connect to the network again.

5. Check if the Wi-Fi network Password is Protected

If the network's password is protected, you may not be able to connect to the Wi-Fi. Go to the Wi-Fi option from the Settings app and check if the wi-Fi network has a lock icon. If it has, it means it is protected, and you can only request the owner to connect you to the network.

Things to Do If iPhone Won't Connect to Wi-Fi

1. Restart iPhone

If your iPhone keeps disconnecting, you can restart it to close all running apps and clear any cache that might be causing the issue.

You can also use a more advanced method of restarting by following the steps below:

  • iPhone 6S or earlier models: Press the Home and the Power button once while holding them until you see Apple’s logo disappear and reappear, then release it.
  • Force to restart iPhone6 and earlier versions
  • iPhone 7: Press the Power and down volume buttons while holding them until Apple’s logo disappears and reappears on your screen.
  • Force to restart iPhone7s
  • iPhone 8 or newer models: you can press then release the volume up and the volume down buttons, then long-press the side button until Apple’s logo appears.
  • Force to restart iPhone8

2. Reset Network

Another method that can help fix an iPhone that won't connect to a network is resetting the network to the defaults. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • 1. Open Settings > General > Reset
  • 2. From the options that will be listed, select the "Reset Network Settings" option and confirm it.
iphone wont connect to wifi reset

Your iPhone will reboot. Afterward, you can try and see if the Wi-Fi can connect this time.

3. Restore iPhone

Restoring your iPhone can help you fix the Wi-Fi that won't connect. This erases everything from your iPhone, allowing you to connect to the Wi-Fi.

You can try restoring factory settings from the Settings application by following the steps below:

  • 1. Navigate to Settings > General.
  • 2. Click Reset > Erase All Content and Settings
  • 3. Provide your Password.
  • 4. On the warning that will be displayed, click on "Erase."

After trying all other methods, you can try to restore your iPhone using iTunes. This method is on-ly encouraged when your iPhone is facing fatal issues. However, you will need to backup your data first because all data will be wiped out. Ensure that your computer has the latest iTunes in-stalled before following the steps below.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer, then use a lightning cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: Enter passcode if prompted, then confirm to 'Trust this Device". Follow the instructions that you will see on the screen.

Step 3: From the devices that will be shown, select your iPhone.

Step 4: Go to the Settings app > Restore. If you wish to backup your data first, select "Back up iPhone."

Step 5: Select "Restore" and confirm it on the pop-up.

 iPhone wont connect to wifi via restore with itunes

Contact Apple Support

If, after trying all the solutions suggested above still your iPhone refuses to connect to the Wi-Fi, then it may be that your iPhone is having hardware problems preventing the Wi-Fi from connect-ing.

If that is the case, the only option is to visit the Apple store near you and have a technician check the problem. You can join the online platforms and get help, but it may take a long time before get-ting assistance.

We recommend you book an appointment and visit a nearby Apple Store for help.


We believe that you have been able to solve the problem of the iPhone that won't connect to Wi-Fi so far. All the methods explained above help solve the issue.

If your iPhone is facing fatal issues, you can try to restore it using iTunes. However, this is only advised after trying all other methods. If none of the methods works for you, you can visit the Ap-ple store for help. You can book an appointment before visiting to avoid waiting for long.

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