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Can’t connect to Wi-Fi on Android? Here’s what to do

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We can all agree that having unstable Wi-Fi is such a painful experience. There’s only so much you can do without Wi-Fi on your device. Whether you can’t connect to Wi-Fi on Android or the network is intermittently connecting and disconnecting, it’s something you need to address as soon as possible. Luckily, we got your back and this article should tackle the problem head-on.

Table of contents:

  1. Reboot your device and Wi-Fi router
  2. Forget the network and reconnect
  3. Update the firmware on your phone and router
  4. Reset Network settings
  5. Restore your device to factory settings

Wi-Fi keeps connecting and disconnecting on Android

If Wi-Fi keeps connecting and disconnecting on Android, make sure to restart your device and the router. After that, consider switching to 2.4GHz frequency and updating firmware. If that doesn’t help, resetting Network settings is the next step to take.

1. Reboot your device and Wi-Fi router

The first thing to do when this happens is to restart your phone and then, for good measure, reboot your router, as well. Chances are that the IP conflict is at hand, which is simple to resolve by rebooting both devices.

Now, if the issue persists even after doing so, you can switch to a 2.4GHz from the 5 GHz frequency. This helped some users. You can also ensure that your Wi-Fi router is connected to a modem via the LAN cable instead of using the repeater mode.

2. Forget the network and reconnect

One important troubleshooting step is to confirm that the Wi-Fi problem you are experiencing is strictly present on your mobile phone. If the issue is solely present on your handset and all other devices don’t have connectivity issues, the next step is to forget the network and reconnect.

Here’s how to do it on your Android device:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Open your Network from the top.
  4. Tap settings android 11
  5. Restart your device.
  6. Connect again.

3. Update the firmware on your phone and router

There are some devices we covered here that had Wi-Fi issues from the box and that was ascribed to software bugs.

The best way to resolve this is to update your device and keep its firmware up to date. Considering that problems like this are entirely rendering the device unusable, OEMs tend to provide fixes as soon as possible. Make sure to do the same with your router.

Here’s how to check for updates on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Expand Advanced.
  4. Tap Check for updates.check for updates android 11
  5. If updates are available, make sure to install them.

4. Reset Network settings

The next thing to do if you can’t connect to Wi-Fi on Android is reset Network Settings on your device. This should address the majority of connectivity issues on the majority of affected devices. It’s important to notice that this action will clear all your saved networks and paired Bluetooth devices.

How to Reset Network Settings on Android?

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Choose Reset options.
  4. Tap Reset Network settings (Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth).
  5. Confirm the selection and tap Reset settings.can't connect to Wi-Fi Android 12

5. Restore your Android device to factory settings

Finally, to completely tackle the software side of the problem, you can reset your device to factory settings. Of course, if the hardware is the problem, replacing your device is the only solution. With this, we exercised all our options, and restoring your device to factory values is the last resort.

An important thing to consider before taking any action in this direction is backing up your data. Make sure to save all media files and back up your settings, to make the restoration easier.

Here’s how to reset your Android device to factory settings:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Select Reset options.
  4. Choose to Erase all data (factory reset).
  5. Tap Erase all data.can't connect to Wi-Fi Android 12

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more helpful articles about Android and iOS.

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Digital Uncoded. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.