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Problems With Wi-Fi In iOS 10? Here Are The Solutions!

Wi-Fi icon in black/whiteApple’s iOS 10 clearly comes with a lot of new features and improvements. However, it is not infallible just like all other big iOS updates before this one. This time iPhone users grapple with Wi-Fi problems after the update to iOS 10. Some people cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network, others get the notification that the Wi-Fi password is wrong, or have a very slow connection. Below you can find all solutions for these Wi-Fi problems in iOS 10.

Reboot your iPhone

Rebooting is the first and probably most popular solution to fix technical problems. For a Hard Reset, hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously for a minimum of 10 seconds. Let go of the buttons after the Apple logo appears on the iPhone display.

The shortcut for this forced reset differs according to your iPhone model. The iPhone 6 or 6s has the Sleep/Wake button on the right side, whereas the iPhone 5s has it on top. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 has no Home button, so you have to press the Sleep/Wake and Volume down button.

You can check if the problem is resolved as soon as your device has restarted again.

Black iPhone and 2 blue arrows point out the buttons to press for a Hard Reset


Forget & reconnect to a Wi-Fi network

If you cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network and if you are getting the notification that your password is wrong – even if you have typed in the correct one – you might fix the problem by “forgetting” the network and then reconnecting.

To “forget a network”, go to your “Settings”, choose “Wi-Fi” and tap on the little “i” next to the Wi-Fi network from the list. A pop-up will appear to ask you, if you are sure about forgetting the Wi-Fi network. Click the “Forget” button to confirm.

Settings → Wi-Fi Forget → Wi-Fi network

Three screenshots show how to "forget" a Wi-Fi network

Now go to your Settings and Wi-Fi again, and choose the forgotten network once again. Type in the password, and see if it worked.


Reset your network settings

Lots of network problems can be fixed by a reset of the network settings. This way the Cache will be cleared and the DHCP settings will be deleted.

To reset the network settings, go to “Settings” and choose “General”. Click on “Reset” at the bottom and then “Reset Network Settings“.

Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings

Three screenshots show how to reset the Wi-Fi network


Deactivate the Wi-Fi network in System Services

Another solution for the problem is the network deactivation in the System Services.

Go to “Settings” and scroll down for “Privacy”. Choose “Locations Services” and then “System Services”. Now look for “Wi-Fi Networking” and deactivate this feature. Your Wi-Fi connection will not be deactivated completely, but the needed information for your location will be.

Settings → Privacy → Locations Services → System Services → Wi-Fi Networking (deactivate)

Three screenshots show how to de/activate the Location Services for Wi-Fi networks in System Services


Change DNS Server

A slow DNS Server can be a reason for your Wi-Fi problems as well. You can read here to learn, how you can change the DNS Server.


Turn on & off the Wi-Fi Assist

Apple introduced the feature “Wi-Fi Assist” with iOS 9.0. It helps you with switching to your cellular connection or mobile data connection, as soon as you leave the range of your Wi-Fi. It’s not a popular feature of iPhone users because of the mobile data limit.

However, if you want to use it for fixing your problems, you can easily turn it on and off. Just go to your “Settings“, and choose “Mobile Data” or “Cellular“. Scroll down to “Wi-Fi Assist” and turn it on/off by clicking on the button.

Settings → Mobile Data/Cellular → Wi-Fi Assist (de/activate)

Two screenshots show how to de/activate the Wi-Fi Assist on the iPhone


Restore iPhone

If none of the solutions above solve your problem, you have no other choice than restoring your iPhone and setting it up new. You can only get rid of problematic settings this way. You can read in our article “3 Ways to Restore an iPhone“, how you can restore and setup your iPhone again.