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iOS 9 Tips & Tricks – Problems Staying Connected to WiFi?

10/28/2015

iOS 9 Tips & Tricks – Problems Staying Connected to WiFi?

Many users have reported trouble staying connected to Wi-Fi upon upgrading to iOS 9. Whilst there is nothing especially unusual about Wi-Fi issues with a major iOS update, if the usual tricks like a soft restart have failed you, give some of the following a go:

 

  • Soft restart! We already said it, but we also know a plethora of users don’t bother doing this first, even though it fixes most intermittent problems. Hold down the Power and Home buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears. If the problem is localised to only your own router, a restart here is a good idea too.

 

  • Re-join the network. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the problem network, then choose Forget this Network and select Forget. If you go back to the Wi-Fi page now you should be able to choose your network and set up a fresh connection.

 

  • Try resetting all your network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Be warned you will need to re-enter all your passwords again with this one (yuck – but better than no Wi-Fi lol).

 

  • Some people report success after disabling Wi-Fi Networking services, which you can do in Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.

 

  • It’s possible that Wi-Fi Assist is actually causing a problem for you. It will switch you to your mobile data network when Wi-Fi is patchy. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to toggle Wi-Fi Assist

 

  • If your router has MAC filtering turned on, then you may need to turn it off. It is possible to add your iOS 9 device’s MAC address, but due to Apple’s MAC randomization there’s a good chance it’s going to change and refuse to connect the next time you try. The simplest solution is just to turn MAC filtering off altogether.

 

  • It’s possible that your DNS settings are the problem. You can change them in Settings > Wi-Fi by tapping the “i” icon next to your network and scrolling down to DNS. Tap on the numbers and change them to 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.8.4 if you want to use Google’s servers, or you could use OpenDNS, which is 208.67.222.222 or 208.67.222.220.

 

  • If you’re using a VPN service make sure you check in and get any updates that may be required for iOS 9. You may even need to uninstall and reinstall it.

 

  • Make sure that your router firmware is fully up to date. You may need to check with your ISP or the router manufacturer.

 

Thanks to Simon Hill over at Digital Trends for these tips.

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