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iPhone WiFi not Working? iOS 8 Wifi Issues

If you are running iOS 8, you might encounter an issue where your iPhone WiFi is not working properly. This problem can manifest itself in the form of dropped connections to your router, intermittent connection issues or simply no data arriving at your iPhone or iPad. This might happen when you are just trying to browse the web or refresh the content of an app, e.g. Facebook or Instagram.

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1. Update to the latest iOS version

Settings → General → Software Update

If you are running iOS 8.0, it is highly likely that your WiFi problems will be a thing of the past after updating to the most recent version. Apple patched quite a few issues with regards to networking and is continually taking care of stability and reliability – therefore it makes sense to keep up with any and all iOS updates for this matter.

Upgrading to the latest system software should always be the first step in any good troubleshooting. To update iOS to the latest version, open up your “Settings”. Now tap “General” and finally hit “Software Update” to check for any available updates. If the iOS on your iPhone is outdated, you may commence the upgrade procedure from here. Otherwise, you’ll simply be informed that your software is already up to date.

2. Disable “Wi-Fi Networking” in “Location Services” submenu

Settings → Privacy → Location Services → System Services → WiFi Networking

If updating to the latest version of iOS does not fix your problems, you might want to give this one a try. Deactivating a specific part of Apple’s so-called “Location Services” will improve the reliability of WiFi connections for some users. This specific option actually does nothing to affect your capability to use your location within apps and services, but helps Apple in building a database of open access router locations across the globe to provide better location services to users without cell access. Switching it off is therefore of no actual disadvantage to you personally and worth a try.

Open up your Settings App. Tap the “Privacy” section in the menu and select “Location Services”. Now scroll down all the way to “System Services” and deactivate the toggle labeled “WiFi Networking” at the end of the list. This might improve your WiFi connection reliability, as some users report.

3. Reset Network Settings

Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings

This solution requires you to know all of your WiFi passwords, so make sure to keep them at hand before you go ahead and try it. Resetting the iOS network settings gives you a blank slate with regard to everything network-related. After commencing the reset, you will have to re-enter your WiFi password or passwords. Users have reported improvements in battery life and connection reliability after trying this trick.

Go ahead and open up your “Settings” App. Tap “General” to access the general overview of settings. Scroll down and select “Reset”, finally tap “Reset Network Settings”.

Remember: You will require your WiFi password after applying this fix.

4. Change your DNS provider

Settings → WiFi → [your network name] (i) → DNS

Trying a different provider for your DNS (Domain Name System) can yield quicker loading times for web activities such as browsing or watching YouTube. By default, your iPhone will use the DNS Servers provided by your internet service provider. However, users are free to customize this setting and specify their own choice of DNS servers to circumvent issues or improve performance.

Open your “Settings” app and select “WiFi” to get to the list of your wireless networks. Tap the blue “i”-in-a-circle symbol next to the name of your currently active connection. This will lead to you an overview of settings, of which we will customize the field denoted as “DNS”. Let’s try the free and publicly available Google service.

Enter “,” to set your primary and secondary DNS server to Google DNS.

An alternative to Google’s offerings would be OpenDNS, use “,” instead, should you prefer OpenDNS. Usually Google is the fastest and most reliable DNS provider for all sorts of locations across the globe.

To revert back to the automatic, default setting, simply clear the field of any user input and your iPhone will pick up whatever settings your ISP recommends.