How to fix iPhone XR Wi-Fi issues


As an iPhone user, there’s barely anything more frustrating like having network problem. There are many reasons Wi-Fi won’t connect with your iPhone XR, all of which you can effortlessly nail to software or hardware issues. In whichever way caused the problem in your iPhone, this article will enlighten you on nine different ways to fix WiFi not working on iPhone XR.

See also: How to fix iPhone XR Bluetooth not working

Fix iPhone XR wifi not working

1. Disable airplane mode

You already know this, turning on airplane mode on iPhone automatically cuts off all wireless connections like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. So before trying more technical fixes below, kindly check if airplane mode is off. In case you want to keep Airplane mode on for some reasons, simply enable Wi-Fi alone. You can do all this directly from the Control center. Just swipe down from the top right of your screen and enable Wi-Fi.

2. Restart your iPhone.

One thing we usually recommend for fixing common issues on iOS devices is restarting the iPhone. Perhaps the system is idle, overloaded, or software glitches are hanging around the corner, all of which you can fix easily by restarting your iPhone. The same goes for your Wi-Fi not working. Simply restart your phone by holding down the Power button and either of the volume buttons until you see the power off slider. You can also restart your iPhone by navigating to Settings > General > Shut down.

3. Reconnect the Wi-Fi.

If restarting your Device doesn’t fix your iPhone XR Wi-Fi not working issue, it’s time to reconnect the WI-FI. Here, we recommend you “forget” the Wi-Fi connection first, then reconnect it. Here’s how to do that.

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Find the wireless network you want to forget and tap the (i) info icon next to it. Tap Forget This Network.
We recommend that you restart your device. And then:

Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
Tap the name of your Wi-Fi network that you just forgot.
Enter the Wi-Fi password. And connect again to see if this fixes iPhone XR Wi-Fi not working issue.

4. Check the wireless router.

If you’re trying to connect to a Wi-Fi router, it’s time to check if your iPhone is causing the problem or it’s just the Wi-Fi Router not cooperating. Here, try to unplug the router from the power source for a while and restart it. After restarting it, try reconnecting it with your iPhone.

If your iPhone XR wifi is still not working, you may need to reset the Wi-Fi router at this point. Depending on the type of router you have, you can find the reset button on the hardware. Press the reset button for about 30 seconds or refer to the router’s manual on how to reset it. After resetting it, do note that the Wi-Fi SSID and password would also reset to the default. You can now try connecting to the router with the default password.

And resetting your wireless router, also ensure you’re connecting to the right router with the correct password. Here, we recommend you double-check the Wi-Fi name and password before reconnecting to it.

5. Check whether Wi-Fi is connected with too many devices

Depending on the capacity of the Wi-Fi router, you may have problems connecting your iPhone when it has reached the maximum number of devices it can take. If you’re the owner of the router, you may ask someone to disconnect or wait until they do so.

6. Try another device.

After ruling out the router as the cause of iPhone XR Wi-Fi not working problem, you should also check your device. A straightforward way of doing that is trying another device. Since you’re trying to connect your iPhone to the Wi-Fi, you can try your computer or your friend’s phone instead. If it works, try some more fixes below to troubleshoot your iPhone.

7. Disable VPN

At times, a VPN may cause issues with the Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone XR. If a VPN is enabled on your iPhone, open the VPN app and turn it off. Alternatively, just launch the Settings app and tap on the VPN toggle.

In addition, if you have installed many unnecessary VPN apps on your iPhone, try uninstalling a few. This will also delete their VPN profiles.

8. Update iOS

Another thing that can cause your iPhone XR not to connect to the Wi-Fi is if you’re running outdated software. Sometimes, we think updating our iPhone is a waste of data or time, especially if they don’t come with additional features after the update. A iOS update isn’t just about “new features” or “new UI”. It’s also used by Apple to fix reported bugs, and update security patches. So, if you’re having issues connecting to your Wi-Fi, updating your iPhone might do the trick. Simply go to Settings » General » Software Update to check and install the latest updates.

9. Reset Network settings.

As resetting your iPhone isn’t necessary to fix this kind of issue, resetting your network settings can make significant changes. This can fix your Wi-Fi network if the settings have been altered after a software update/upgrade or after making some changes mistakenly in your device’s settings. Follow the following instructions to reset network settings on your iPhone.

Open your iPhone Settings, scroll down and Tap General.
Tap on reset.
Tap on reset network settings and enter your iPhone’s passcode if prompted.
Now tap Reset network Settings to confirm the action.

Still iPhone XR Wi-Fi not working?

If you are still having issues after you’ve tried all of the above tips, there are two things left to do:

  • Call your internet provider to ensure that there are no problems on their end. If you are having this issue on all of your devices, this can be the reason. Contact them and explain that iPhone XR wi-Fi is not working, you’re getting slower speeds than you should.
  • Contact Apple, you may be having a hardware problem. Apple can diagnose and repair it. For hardware repairs, you can mail your product to an Apple Repair Center or take it to an Apple Store if you make a Genius Bar reservation. If your device needs a repair, it may be covered under warranty: Apple’s standard warranty or AppleCare warranty.
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