iPad Not Connecting To WiFi? Here’s Why & The Real Fix!

Your iPad won’t connect to Wi-Fi and you don’t know what to do. Every time you try to visit a website, it won’t load. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPad is not connecting to Wi-Fi and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Turn Wi-Fi Off And Back On

A lot of the time, your iPad is not connecting to Wi-Fi because of a minor software glitch. Sometimes, simply turning Wi-Fi off and back on can fix the problem.

Open Settings and tap Wi-Fi. Then, tap the switch at the top of the screen next to Wi-Fi to turn it off. Tap the switch again to turn it back on.

wifi switch ipad settings app

Restart Your iPad

If turning Wi-Fi off and back on didn’t work, try restarting your iPad. It’s possible your iPad’s software has crashed, which could prevent it from connecting to Wi-Fi networks.

Press and hold the power button on “slide to power off” appears. Swipe the power icon left-to-right to shut down your iPad. Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the power button again to turn your iPad back on.

Restart Your Router

While you’re restarting your iPad, turn your router off and back on as well. When your iPad won’t connect to Wi-Fi, sometimes your router is to blame. To restart it, simply unplug it from the wall and plug it back in!

Forget Your Wi-Fi Network and Reconnect

Now that we’ve worked through the basic fixes, it’s time to move onto some more in-depth troubleshooting steps. First, we’ll try forgetting your Wi-Fi network on your iPad.

When you connect your iPad to a new Wi-Fi network for the first time, it saves data about the network and how to connect to it. If something changes in how your iPad connects to the network (e.g. you changed the password), forgetting the network will give it a fresh start.

Open Settings -> Wi-Fi and tap the blue “i” button next to the name of your Wi-Fi network. Then, tap Forget This Network.

forget this wifi network on ipad

Now that the Wi-Fi network has been forgotten, go back to Settings -> Wi-Fi and tap on the name of your network. Enter your Wi-Fi password and see if your iPad will connect to Wi-Fi. If not, move onto our final iPad software troubleshooting step!

Reset Your iPad’s Network Settings

The last troubleshooting step when your iPad is not connecting to Wi-Fi is to reset its network settings. This will restore all of your iPad’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular, and VPN settings to factory defaults. After resetting the network settings, you’ll have to reenter your Wi-Fi password and reconnect your Bluetooth devices.

Open Settings and tap General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. Enter your iPad passcode, then tap Reset Network Settings to confirm. Your iPad will turn off, perform the reset, then turn back on.

reset ipad network settings

Fixing Router Issues

If your iPad still won’t connect to Wi-Fi after you’ve reset the network settings, it’s time to troubleshoot issues with your wireless router. Check out other article to learn how fix problems with your Wi-Fi router!

Repairing Your iPad

It could be that your iPad is not connecting to because its Wi-Fi antenna is broken. In some iPads, the Wi-Fi antenna also connects to Bluetooth devices. If you’ve been having trouble connecting your iPad to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you may be dealing with a broken antenna.

If you have AppleCare+, schedule a Genius Bar appointment and bring your iPad into your local Apple Store. We also recommend Puls, a repair company that will send a certified technician directly to you in as little as 60 minutes. They’ll fix your iPad right on the spot and cover the repair with a lifetime warranty.

Connected To Wi-Fi Again!

Your iPad is connecting to Wi-Fi again and you can continue to use your favorite apps or browse the web. Make sure to share this article on social media if your friends and family need help when their iPad is not connecting to Wi-Fi. If you have any other questions about your iPad, leave it in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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Nancy Welsh
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Nancy Welsh

I tried everything mentioned, but nothing worked. Guess I’m headed to the Apple Store

Peter Hall
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Peter Hall

Have had the same problem ,,iPad would not connect to wifi extenders,,,I solved it by changing the security setting,,,, I

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I tried all these. None worked. The iPad would connect to a hotspot on my phone but not the wifi in a house I visited. Selecting the little i for info on the connection and turning off auto login, worked.

Cessna Gacho Atinaja
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Cessna Gacho Atinaja

Been having connection pronlem for a month….Thank you so much for your help…i did reset my network settings and it worked. Thank God…God bless you

Ken Mage
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Ken Mage

Went through your suggestions and still did not fix problem. My iPad still would connect to the wireless router, BUT, would get no internet connection. Kept getting an IP address in the 169.254.xxx.xxx range instead of the 192.168.xxx.xxx range that all my working devices get. Finally got through to AT&T support and then a senior apple engineer. Ended up having to go one step further then the “Reset Network Settings” and had to “Reset All Settings”. After a couple of reboots of the iPad everything is finally working great. Figured I would share this for anyone else that sees similar… Read more »

Michael R. Hawk
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Michael R. Hawk

My iPad has been gobbling up Cell time like a hungry Pac-Man. I finally realized it was because it wasnt connecting to Wi-Fi. I thought Id tried everything. Your tip to forget network settings worked great!
Thanks a million.

Alison Suitters
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Alison Suitters

ipad wont connect to wifi but will connect to phone hotspot any ideas? have two strange logos beneath battery indicator like toggle switches , one to left one to right ?

Joy A Paul
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Joy A Paul

Thank u. Ur advice to forget and try again worked in my ipad .

Lára Engebretson
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Lára Engebretson

Your instructions worked. Many thanks

Sheila Maike
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Sheila Maike

WiFi connected, everything but movies/tv and games working. Did every trick aboce

Angela Boyd
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Angela Boyd

Many thanks this worked. I had to reset network settings

Norm Tait
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Norm Tait

tried all the suggested fixes, time to give up before this happened it would continue to reload pages time for a samsung

Pauline Savoie
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Pauline Savoie

laptop and i pad are on same router same password which i forgot 2 weeks ago the ower went off no phone or internet for 10 days att fix the problem its back on laptop but cant do it on ipad

Tim Challis
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Tim Challis

I did everything you said, just as you explained, but my 6 year old iPad still does not connect to wifi. It appears to connect to my router with the blue checkmark, but does not access the Internet. My MacBook Air and iPhone SE work fine. Hmmmm.

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Armin Posko

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