Losing WiFi during an important work phone call or online game contest can be annoying. Fixing an iPhone that keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi can be easy and complicated, depending on the root cause of the problem.
Switching your iPhone to or out of airplane mode may resolve the issue. If your iOS device continues to disconnect from Wi-Fi, one of the following 12 troubleshooting fixes should resolve the issue.
1. Join another Wi-Fi network
Joining another network helps determine if the problem is caused by a device or a router. Connect your iPhone to various Wi-Fi networks and monitor the connection.
If all Wi-Fi networks don’t stay connected to your iPhone, there may be a problem with your phone settings or software. However, if the problem only occurs on a particular network, the router will cause the Wi-Fi drop. It is also possible that your network provider is experiencing downtime.
Jump to Sections # 3, # 4, # 7, # 8, and # 12 for router-specific troubleshooting fixes for Wi-Fi drop issues.
2. Enable auto-join
If your iPhone is not configured to automatically join the network, iOS may disconnect your Wi-Fi connection. You can leave your iPhone connected to your Wi-Fi network by enabling the Auto Join feature.
Move to setting >> >> Wifi,Tap Information icon Next to the affected Wi-Fi network, switch it on Automatic participation..
3. Adjust the location of the router
If your iPhone is too far from your wireless router, your iPhone won’t stay connected to Wi-Fi. You can enjoy a stable (and fast) connection only if your phone is within the signal range of your router. The closer it is, the better.
If you cannot change the location of your network router, use a Wi-Fi repeater or Wi-Fi extender to improve the connection quality.
It should also be mentioned that the router malfunctions when it overheats. Routers can overheat in hot rooms, near electronics, or when the ventilation grill is blocked.
Move the router to a cool room or a well-ventilated room far from interference. For more tips, check out this tutorial on boosting Wi-Fi signals.
4. Check the router settings
If restricted on the network, the iPhone may continue to disconnect the Wi-Fi connection. Or if there is a limit to the number of simultaneous connections allowed on the network.
If you have access to the network management panel, make sure your iPhone is not on the list of blocked or blacklisted devices. Blocked devices can be found in the MAC Address Filtering or Device Management section of the network management panel.
Whitelist your device if it’s restricted, or contact your network administrator if you don’t have access to the admin panel. Disconnecting an idle device from the network frees up bandwidth and improves connection quality.
5. Forget the network and rejoin
If you have a stable Wi-Fi connection on a device other than your iPhone, rejoining the network may resolve the issue.
- Move to setting >> >> Wifi Tap Information icon Next to the network name.
- Tap Forget this network Select forget At the confirmation prompt. Wait a few seconds and then reconnect your iPhone to your Wi-Fi network.
6. Disable Wi-Fi Assist
Wi-Fi Assist helps iPhone users stay connected to the Internet by automatically switching from Wi-Fi to cellular data. The switch will only occur if iOS suspects there is a problem with the Wi-Fi connection. This is a nice feature, but the assumptions are not always accurate.
Let’s say the song doesn’t play on Apple Music over Wi-Fi, or Safari doesn’t load the web page. Wi-Fi Assist (if enabled) will try to play the song using cellular data.
Disable Wi-Fi Assist if your iPhone remains disconnected from Wi-Fi even if your network has an internet connection. Or if network switching occurs frequently.
Open setting App, select Cellular (Also Mobile data), Scroll down the page and switch it off Wi-Fi assist..
7. Reboot the router
Repowering your router is a surefire fix for a temporary system malfunction that causes a network drop. Unplug the router’s power adapter or remove the battery (for battery-powered mobile routers). You can also restart your router remotely from the web or mobile management app.
As mentioned earlier, hot routers can impact connection speed and network performance. If your router is hot, it’s a good idea to let it cool for a few minutes before turning it on.
8. Update the router firmware
Internet speeds and connections can occasionally slow down if the firmware that powers your router is buggy or outdated. Install the latest firmware version available on your router and see if that resolves the issue.
Refer to your router’s instruction manual or the manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to update the firmware. You also need to configure your router to automatically download and install firmware updates.
9. Restart your iPhone
If your iPhone is the only device that keeps disconnecting from your Wi-Fi network, shut down and restart your iPhone.
Press and hold the iPhone Side button And either Turn up the volume Also Volume down button. If your iPhone doesn’t support Face ID, Home button One of Volume key.. Even better setting >> >> Universal Tap shut down..
Then drag the slider to the right and wait about 1 minute for the iPhone to shut down completely.
Hold Side button or power button Until the Apple logo appears. Unlock your iPhone and rejoin the Wi-Fi network. If the problem persists, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.
10. Update iPhone
Apple often releases software updates that eliminate bugs that affect the Wi-Fi performance of the iPhone. For example, iOS 14.0.1 and iOS 15.1 address an issue where the iPhone cannot detect or connect to a Wi-Fi network.
If you haven’t updated your iPhone for a long time, you need to update it immediately. Running an older or buggy iOS version may be the reason why your iPhone disconnects from the Wi-Fi network.
Move to setting >> >> Universal >> >> Software update Tap Download and install Install the latest version of iOS.
A Wi-Fi connection is required to download iOS updates. If your iPhone keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi and you can’t update, use your Mac to install the update instead.
Unlock your iPhone, connect it to your Mac using a USB cable, and open it finder.. Select your iPhone in the sidebar and Check for updates.. Make sure your Mac computer is connected to the internet.
11. Reset network settings
If the network settings are disabled, Wi-Fi may always be disconnected on your iPhone or iPad. Restoring the device’s network settings to factory defaults should resolve the issue.
On iOS 15 and above setting >> >> Universal >> >> Transfer or reset iPhone >> >> reset Tap Reset network settings.. Enter and select your iPhone passcode Reset network settings At the confirmation prompt again.
For iPhones running iOS 14 or earlier setting >> >> Universal >> >> reset >> >> Reset network settings.. Enter and tap your iPhone passcode Reset network settings I will continue.
Note that performing a network reset also resets the cellular, Bluetooth, and VPN settings. When your iPhone turns on again, join the Wi-Fi network to see if you have a stable connection.
12. Reset the router to factory defaults
Restoring your router to factory settings is a great way to reset your password and fix connectivity issues. If your router has a physical reset button, press the button until the device reboots. This is called a “hard reset”.
Resetting the router from the web management interface is called a “soft reset”. You must have access to the administration panel to perform a soft reset. See the wireless router reset guide or contact the manufacturer for specific instructions.
Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting?Get external support
Contact Apple Support to check your iPhone for hardware damage, especially if you are disconnected from all Wi-Fi networks. The iPhone’s Wi-Fi antenna may be defective. If you are experiencing similar issues with other devices, please contact your internet service provider.