iPhone Won’t Stay Connected To WiFi? Here’s Why & The Real Fix!

Your iPhone isn’t staying connected to your WiFi network and you’re not sure why. No matter what you try, you can’t get online! In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone won’t stay connected to WiFi.

Turn Wi-Fi Off And Back On

When you have issues connecting your iPhone to WiFi networks, the first thing to do is turn Wi-Fi off and back on. Toggling Wi-Fi off and back on can usually fix minor software issues.

Open Settings and tap on Wi-Fi. Tap the switch at the top of the screen next Wi-Fi to turn it off. Tap the switch a second time to turn Wi-Fi back on. You’ll know Wi-Fi is on when the switch is green.

how to toggle wifi off and on

Restart Your iPhone

Another way to fix a potential software glitch is by restarting your iPhone. All of the programs running on your iPhone will shut down naturally, then get a fresh start when your turn your iPhone back on.

To turn off an iPhone 8 or earlier, press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen. If you have an iPhone X, press and hold down the side button and either volume button.

Then, swipe the red power icon icon left-to-right to shut down your iPhone. Wait a couple of seconds, then press and hold the power button (iPhone 8 or earlier) or the side button (iPhone X) to turn your iPhone back on.

slide to power off power icon on iphone

Try Connecting To Different Wi-Fi Network

Does your iPhone only keep disconnecting from your WiFi network, or is your iPhone disconnecting from all WiFi networks? If your iPhone won’t stay connected to any WiFi network, then there’s probably an issue with your iPhone.

However, if your iPhone has no issue connecting to WiFi networks other than your own, there may be an issue with your WiFi router. The next step in this article will help you address issues with your wireless router!

Restart Your Wireless Router

While your iPhone is restarting, try restarting your wireless router too. You can do this quickly by unplugging it and plugging it back in!

If your iPhone still isn’t staying connected to your WiFi network, check out our other article for more advanced router troubleshooting steps!

Forget Your Wi-Fi Network And Reconnect

When you connect your iPhone to a new WiFi network for the very first time, your iPhone saves data on how to connect to the network. If the settings on your router or iPhone get changed or updated, it could prevent your iPhone from staying connected to your Wi-Fi network.

To forget a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, open Settings and tap Wi-Fi. Then, tap on the information button (look for the blue i) to the right of Wi-Fi network you want your iPhone to forget. Then, tap Forget This Network.

forget a wifi network in the settings app on iphone

After forgetting the network, you can go back to Settings -> Wi-Fi and tap on the network name again to reconnect. You’ll also have to reenter the Wi-Fi network’s password after forgetting it on your iPhone.

Reset The Network Settings

Resetting the network settings on your erases all of its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular, and VPN settings and restores them to factory defaults. You’ll have to reenter your Wi-Fi passwords, reconnect your Bluetooth devices, and set up your VPN again (if you have one) after resetting network settings.

To reset network settings on your iPhone, go to Settings and tap General. Then, tap Reset -> Reset Network Settings. Your iPhone will shut down, reset the network settings, then turn back on.

how to reset the network settings on iphone

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode & Restore

If your iPhone still isn’t staying connected to WiFi networks after a reset network settings, try a DFU restore. This is the deepest restore you can perform on your iPhone. All of its code gets deleted, then reloaded like new.

Before restoring your iPhone, make sure to save a backup first! When you’re ready, check out our article on how to put your iPhone in DFU mode!

Exploring Your Repair Options

When your iPhone won’t stay connected to WiFi even after a DFU restore, it’s probably time to explore your repair options. The WiFi antenna in your iPhone may be damaged, preventing it from connecting to WiFi networks.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t replace the antenna that connects your iPhone to WiFi networks. They can replace your iPhone, but that usually comes with a hefty price tag, especially if you don’t have AppleCare+.

If you’re looking for an affordable repair option, we highly recommend Puls, an on-demand repair service. They’ll send a certified technician to you, who can fix your broken WiFi antenna on-the-spot!

If there’s an issue with your WiFi router, your best bet is to contact the manufacturer. They may have a few extra troubleshooting steps for you before you need to consider replacing your router.

Connected To WiFi Again!

Your iPhone is connecting to WiFi again and you can continue browsing the internet! Next time your iPhone won’t stay connected to WiFi, you’ll know just what to do to fix the problem. Ask any other questions you have in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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