What to do if Android Can’t Connect to Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi connections can provide most amazing experience in using Android devices. If wireless connections stop working, it is literally very annoying to use smartphones when you need them.

To connect to wireless network, simply go to Settings, choose network, and enter password and you are all set. But in some cases, Wi-Fi doesn’t cooperate. There are certain methods to troubleshoot the matter. Follow these troubleshooting tips to fix this complicated problem.

Android Can't Connect to Wi-Fi

Turn off the device

First thing you can try is turn off the Android device, remove its battery and leave it out for at least 30 seconds. Replace battery and turn on the phone again. See if the device connects to Wi-Fi.

Turn off Wi-Fi

In most cases, your IP address can be retained back from another Wi-Fi connection. If address scheme is similar and no address conflict is there, it is fine. You just turn off Wi-Fi and turn it on again. Follow these steps –

  • Tap main menu on the device
  • Tap “Settings”
  • Go to Wireless and Network from Settings menu
  • Tap Wi-Fi Settings from Network and Wireless menu
  • Uncheck Wi-Fi and turn it off in new screen
  • After turning off the Wi-Fi, tap on entry once more and turn it on again.

Forget Wi-Fi Network

If last method is not working, you might want to forget the network on your device and add it again. But there is a catch. Your device won’t forget a network in range. So, first take your device out of range and follow these steps –

  • Press and hold the network listed that you have to forget
  • Tap on “Forget network”
  • Get back in its range and wait for network to show up automatically.
  • Enter the password to connect
  • Your device will have another address to keep working

Check Password

Hopefully, Wi-Fi passwords may change over time. Once they do, your device cannot update automatically. To change your Wi-Fi password manually, go through these steps –

  • First of all, take your device out of range
  • Press and hold the network to configure
  • Select “Change Network Settings”
  • Enter new password
  • Check the box ahead of “Show Password” to ensure that you are putting in the right password in your device.
  • Tap “Save” after typing the password.

It will display the type of security the network is using. Be sure it matches to the right type of security. If it doesn’t matches, you might want to forget the network and add it again.

Static IP

Another best approach of troubleshooting is giving a static IP to your Android device. It could show up if the router has issues in handling DHCP address that you want to connect to or if device has got bad address. Simply select the option “Use Static IP” to configure Static IP and fill in IP Address, Net Mask, Gateway, and DNS. The address will be applied to all Wi-Fi networks if you set up static IP. So, use this step only to troubleshoot and to connect just one Wi-Fi network.

Go to Advanced Settings

If none of these solutions helped, you might be required to dig a bit deeper in your Android phone by checking Wi-Fi settings. Go through these steps to open Advanced Settings –

  • Tap on Menu button
  • Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks
  • Tap Wi-Fi settings
  • Tap Menu again and go to Advanced.
  • Now tap “Proxy Setting”. Make sure the device is not set up for Proxy settings. This setting will make way to your access to the web unless Wi-Fi network needs a Proxy. Remove the domain or IP address if you tap on Proxy. The Port and Proxy settings are not set most of the time, it is still better to check yourself if your Wi-Fi is troubling you frequently.

Set Up Wi-Fi Sleep Policy

If you constantly have Wi-Fi problems, set Wi-Fi sleep settings to Normal to find out if this problem is fixed. But it will drain your battery quickly but you can have consistent Wi-Fi signal.

Bottom Line

We hope these above troubleshooting steps will help you get rid of all Wi-Fi troubles. You may try another network if all of these steps are not working on one Wi-Fi.