How to fix iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Wi-Fi issues


It’s a very disappointing situation when you get home, turned on your WiFi and try to connect but find your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus won’t connect to wifi. Say you have an important text to reply, check something online, stream YouTube or listen to music, write an important email, but all these activities are disturbed when you can’t get connected to your WiFi.

If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus does not connect to internet, you’re not alone. It’s a long-known problem most users have faced in the past years, and still face now. There are some common problems that may contribute to your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus not connecting to WiFi. This post will enlighten you on possible solutions to make everything alright again.

Fix iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t connect to Wi-Fi issue

1. Make sure the WiFi is turned on

Before you even start panicking over why my iPhone 7 won’t connect to WiFi, try to check if the router and the WiFi on your iPhone are turned on. This could be a very funny or ridiculous step to take, but mistakes do happen sometimes. You probably might have forgotten to turn on the WiFi on your iPhone or you mistakenly turned it off. So, to be on the safe side, try checking if the WiFi is actually turned on your iPhone by swiping up the from the bottom of your screen to reveal control center and check if the WiFi icon is on.

2. Make sure the router works normally, try to reboot or reset the router

If the router has been on for a while, there’s the prospect that it has automatically turned off its visibility or gone dozing. To be sure the router is active, try to restart it and connect again.

If it still won’t connect, try resetting the router, normally by pressing a designated key on the router. But note that you’ll require to enter the initial password, normally found at the back of the router, if you’ve changed the password earlier, to connect to the WiFi again.

Also, if you use a rechargeable router or MiFi, kindly check if the battery is low and charge it up

3. Check the WiFi name.

If you’ve been trying to connect for a while but to no avail, there are chances that you re trying to connect to the wrong WiFi, especially if they have the same name. So, make sure you cross-check the real name for your router from the sticker on the router.

Also, you can rename your router to a more unique SSID in order not to get into the same mess next time.

4. Check whether you’ve entered the correct password

If you’ve confirmed that you’re trying to connect to the original WiFi and it still doesn’t connect, the next thing you should do is double check if you’ve entered the correct password. If you’re using the initial password, you should find that on the sticker on your router. But if you’ve recently changed the password, make sure you’re entering the right password, and also remember that all passwords are case-sensitive, meaning that all lowercase and uppercase letters should be typed accordingly, same as punctuations and symbols.

5. Is it on Airplane mode?

Yes, you should also check if your iPhone is on airplane mode when the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Pluscant connect to home wifi. It disables every connection upon activation. Disable Airplane mode if you find out that it is on, and try the connection process again.

If you confirmed that the iPhone isn’t on Airplane mode and you still can’t connect to the WiFi successfully, proceed to the next fix below

6. Connect and then disconnect Wifi

Disconnecting (forgetting) and then reconnecting to the WiFi may also help fix the problem. To do this, kindly open the Settings app, tap on WiFi, Now, tap (i) next to the Wi-Fi name and then tap on forget this network.

Try the connection process again to see if it works or continue to another solution below.

7. Connect WiFi with another device

Take it easy on yourself. There are chances that the problem isn’t coming from the router itself, but from your iPhone. To be sure of this, the best thing you can do is connecting another device to the same WiFi that is giving you headaches. You can connect your laptop or a friend’s phone to the WiFi and this will tell if the problem is coming from your iPhone or from the router.

If there’s still no successful connection, then your router is at fault. Try troubleshooting it with any of the solutions discussed in this article or contact your ISP for a fix. But if the other devices successfully, proceed to other solutions below.

8. Make sure the iPhone is close to the router

Routers have a limited frequency range in which they can reach. You might not be able to connect to the Wifi if you’re too far away from it. Consider moving nearer to the router to get a better result. Checking how many bars the WiFi icon have will help you get closer enough.

9. Disable VPN

At times, a VPN may cause issues with the Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. 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 and hopefully fix iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus Wi-Fi not working issue.

10. Restart your iPhone

While trying to fix iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus not connecting to wifi, you should also restart your iPhone. This could sometimes fix a variety of a software-related issue that might also cause the Wifi not to connect. You can quickly restart your device by long-pressing the power button for a few seconds until you see the power off slider. Drag this rider from left to right to turn off your iPhone. You can also restart your iPhone by navigating to Settings > General > Shut Down. Try connecting to the WiFi again to see if the problem persists.

11. Update iOS

Another thing to do to combat the problem is updating your iPhone. The problem might be as a result of bug hanging around the system, which can easily be fixed with a software update (if you have one). Kindly check for the latest update on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > software Update. Tap to download and install the update if there’s any, it may help fix the problem.

12. Reset All Network Settings

Simply follow these steps to restart the network settings on your iPhone:

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Enter your iPhone’s passcode and confirm.
After the process ends, reconnect to Wi-Fi, and it will most likely fix iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus not connecting to internet issue.

13. Reset your iPhone

This is usually not a great option as it will erase all of your data such as apps, pictures, videos, music, etc., in the process. But it’s worth trying if everything you’ve tried above failed. All you just have to do if make sure you have a solid backup for your files before resetting your iPhone.

Note: Please make a backup of your data on the iPhone before resetting the device

To perform a factory reset on your iPhone, kindly go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings and follow the onscreen prompts to reset your iPhone

Try connecting to the WiFi after the iPhone restarts to check if the problem is fixed. If not, proceed to a more technical solution below.What to do if iPhone 7 bluetooth is not working

iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus won’t connect to Wi-Fi still?

If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus won’t connect to Wi-Fi after trying 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 7 or iPhone 7 Plus does not connect to wi-Fi.
  • 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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