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! Check out other article to learn how fix problems with your Wi-Fi router.

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 -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> 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

Back Up Your iPad

If your iPad still isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, we recommend backing it up immediately. It may have a deeper software issue or a hardware problem that needs to be repaired. This may be your last chance to save a copy of everything on your iPad! There are a few different ways to back up your iPad.

Back Up Your iPad Using iCloud

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Tap Back Up Now.

Back Up Your iPad Using iTunes

If you have a PC or a Mac running macOS 10.14 or older, and you want to back up your iPad to a computer, you’ll back it up using iTunes. Connect your iPad to the computer using a charging cable. Then, open iTunes and click on the iPad icon near the upper left-hand corner of the window. Under Backups, click the circle next to This computer, then click Back Up Now.

Back Up Your iPad Using Finder

Macs running macOS 10.15 or newer will back up your iPad using Finder. Connect your iPad to your Mac using a charging cable and open Finder. Click on your iPad under Locations. Click the circle next to Back up all of the data on your iPad to this Mac, then click Back Up Now.

DFU Restore Your iPad

A DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore is the last step you can take to completely rule out a software problem. It’s the most in-depth restore you can perform on an iPad.

Make sure you have an iPad backup before performing a DFU restore, as the restore will erase and reload every line of code on your iPad. Follow the steps below to put your iPad in DFU mode, or check out our iPad DFU mode step-by-step guide.

DFU Restore iPads With A Home Button

  1. Plug your iPad into your computer using a charging cable.
  2. Open Finder if you have a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer. Open iTunes if you have a PC or a Mac running macOS 10.14 or older.
  3. Simultaneously press and hold the power button and Home button.
  4. Keep holding both buttons for 3 seconds after the screen goes black.
  5. While continuing to hold down the Home button, let go of the power button.
  6. Keep holding the Home button until your iPad appears in iTunes or Finder.
  7. Click Restore iPad.

DFU Restore iPads Without A Home Button

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using a charging cable.
  2. Open iTunes or Finder (see above if you’re not sure which).
  3. Press and hold the Top button on your iPad.
  4. Wait 3 seconds, then press and hold the volume down button while continuing to hold the Top button.
  5. Hold both buttons for 10 more seconds, then let go of the power button.
  6. Hold the volume down button for another 5 seconds.
  7. When your iPad appears in iTunes or Finder, release the volume down button.
  8. Click Restore iPad.

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.

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!

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Deborah P.
13 days ago

Deleted the VPN and now my iPad Mini connects to the internet again. Thank you for the tip!

Bo Mathews
15 days ago

@Steve on his Aug 28 post. You are the man. 2 of my iPads stopped being able to connect to my home Wi-Fi but they could connect to my hotspot. No issues with the 40 other devices and a few other iPads. Turned out I had updated my router settings to WPA3 security. They are older iPads and the Apple site confirmed the affected models do not support WPA3. This has been a problem for a couple months. I searched for a solution everywhere, and nothing but the same troubleshooting steps. Lucky I read your 2 sentence comment that solves… Read more »

16 days ago

This kind of thing just makes me dislike Apple even more! None of the steps fix the problem! This just makes me want to sell the iPad! I would be less annoyed using an Android phone!

Van Noor
1 month ago

Thank you for the clear steps. I tried them all but it still didn’t work. Finally threw out my VPN, as a tip in the comment section suggested, and it worked! I’m so pleased since I’m 68 yrs old, not tech savvy, and didn’t need to call my son for help this time! 🙂

1 month ago

I had a similar issue after setting up a new router. None of these measures worked. It turned out that my older iPad does not support wpa2/wpa3 encryption.

2 months ago

I have the same problem. I have an older iPad Mini that can not be updated any more. V9.3.5 was the last possible update. These versions do not accept the WPA3. My Fritz!Box router was on WPA3. Just to try, I changed it to WPA+WPA2 and my iPad connected to WiFi. As I rarely use this iPad, I re-selected WPA3 again on my router because of the better protection. Hopefully my experience is helpful for other people with older iPad versions.

Carling sales
3 months ago

Hi, i tried all the instructions listed above but to no avail. Just wondering why out of 6 apple gadgets 2 suddenly stopped woking. Need help please

Colin Boyd
2 months ago
Reply to  Carling sales

Hi Carling, that is a strange issue! Can your iPad connect to other WiFi networks?

2 months ago
Reply to  Carling sales

I got the same issue. After a short power cut causing the router to restart, 2 iOS devices out of 7 cannot connect to the internet. They are connected to the WiFi but not to the internet. I tried literally everything, including a total reset of the devices. Any ideas?

3 months ago

Hi! my name is Lana and i got a new iPad but the thing is when i want to connect to the WiFi it says unable to join the network and I’ve tried everything do if u know anything please help me.

Colin Boyd
2 months ago
Reply to  Lana

Hi Lana, can your iPad connect to any other WiFi networks?

3 months ago

The last step, reset network settings, did it for me. My ipad was refusing to connect to a free WiFi network. Basically the network needed to bring up a Web page where I could agree to the conditions, but my ipad was conpletely refusing to display that page, so I could not agree.

3 months ago

Thanks Sjirlie, I deleted the vpn as you suggested and it worked immediately!

1 month ago
Reply to  Sissibo

I had to delete NORD VPN and it came right up.

Will reinstall VPN to see if we are good to go.

8 days ago
Reply to  John

Thank you! Genius.

3 months ago

I love you so much! Thanks a lot ❤️❤️

Carol Chancey
3 months ago

I am 82 yr. old so bear with me…somehow my apps such as FB and Words with Friends will not connect to the WIFI. Where do I fix this?

Colin Boyd
3 months ago
Reply to  Carol Chancey

Hi Carol. Do those apps works normally when connected to cellular data?

Carol Chancey
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin Boyd

I dont do games on my cellphone…I finally just closed it until someone can help me. Thanks

Colin Boyd
3 months ago
Reply to  Carol Chancey

Hi Carol, best of luck getting this sorted out! Let me know if you have any more questions.