How To Fix iPad That Won’t Connect To Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi problems are inevitable in iOS devices. The underlying cause might be the problem with the network so you cannot do much on your end. One of the most common issues is that your iPad won’t connect to the Wi-Fi network. On the other hands, other symptoms are caused by random system errors like bad updates for apps. In the worst case, hardware damage on the network equipment is to blame if your iPad is not the root cause of the problem.


Highlighted in this article is a pertinent issue on many iPad devices when they won’t connect to Wi-Fi without any reason. If you actually visit this page, then you are probably encountering the same dilemma and in need of some solutions. Thus, reading this post might help you find the best one. Keep reading to know what to do if your iPad won’t connect to Wi-Fi.

Solutions To iPad That Won’t Connect To Wi-Fi

Solution 1: Restart modem/router

The first cause that might prevent your Internet connection is the wireless router or modem. So if there is something wrong with the modem, all the connected devices can experience adverse symptoms such as the slow Internet, or no Internet connection at all. These problems are usually due to random crashes on the wireless router in use. So, to ensure this is not the main cause that why your iPad won’t connect to Wi-Fi, simply follow these steps to restart your modem/router to get rid of minor crashes on the network equipment.

  1. Note the power button then press it to power the modem/router off.
  2. After the modem/router is already switched off, unplug the power adapter from the power source for about 1minute.
  3. After the elapsed time, put it back again and power on.
  4. Wait until the signal is stabilized on your iPad

Your iPad will automatically reconnect if you have set it to auto-connect to the Wi-Fi network. If it still won’t connect, you need to do it manually.

Solution 2: Reboot your iPad

Minor software glitches can sometimes be the underlying causes. To clear it out, a reboot on iPad is a recommended solution. There are different ways to soft reboot an iPad, depending on its model. If your iPad comes with a physical Home button, you can restart it by carrying out this way:

  1. Press and hold the  Power button until you see the Power off slider.
  2. Drag it to power your iPad off completely.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power button again unto turn your device back on.

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, a restart can be carried out by these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power button along with Volume button until the Power Off slider shows up.
  2. Drag the slider to power your iPad off completely.
  3. After 1 minute, press and hold the Power button again until you see the Apple logo.

Alternatively, you can restart your iPad from Settings.

  • To do so, simply navigate to Settings-> General menu, scroll down and tap on the option to Shut Down.

Once your tablet completes rebooting, return to Wi-Fi settings and retry connecting to your Wi-Fi network. Check if it’s already working. If it connects to Wi-Fi, the problem is fixed. Otherwise, move on to other solutions.

Solution 3: Turn Airplane Mode on and off

While this is an old trick, it’s an effective solution to fix random problems affecting wireless functions on your iPad. This method will restart your iPad functions as well as remove any associated network flaws. To get it done:

  1. Head to SettingsAirplane Mode.
  2. Toggle the Airplane Mode ON. All the wireless radios such as Bluetooth, Cellular and Wi-Fi functions will be then disabled.
  3. After Airplane Mode is enabled, restart your iPad.
  4. After it boots up, return to Settings and choose Airplane Mode.
  5. Toggle the switch again to disable Airplane Mode.
  6. Return to Settings-> Wi-Fimenu, toggle on Wi-Fi switch and try reconnecting to your Wi-Fi network.

If it still fails to solve the problem, proceed to other solutions.

Solution 4: Forget Wi-Fi network then reconnect to it

Sometimes, the Wi-Fi network that you are trying to connect to might have been corrupted. In this case, you should delete the network and set it up from scratch. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen
  2. Tap on Wi-Fi and toggle its switch to enable the feature.
  3. Scroll down to the list of Wi-Fi networks.
  4. Choose the currently connected Wi-Fi network.
  5. Tap on the information (i) icon next to the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID).
  6. Tap on Forget This Network option
  7. Select Forget Network popup to confirm forgetting the selected Wi-Fi network.

The chosen Wi-Fi network will then be removed from the list. If you have other saved Wi-Fi networks, you should also forget them all so that none of them could interfere with your Wi-Fi network. Simply follow the same procedure to forget other Wi-Fi networks from the list.

Once you forget all Wi-Fi networks, reboot your iPad to clear junk files from its memory. After booting up, return to Settings-> Wi-Fi menu, and then enable Wi-Fi switch, choose your Wi-Fi network to connect to. Make sure to type in the correct Wi-Fi password so that the connection is successful.

Solution 5: Reset network settings your iPad

Resorting your iPad to the default configurations can be deemed ass one of last resorts if the problem still persists. This reset will remove network configuration errors, which have caused the network system on your iPad to act up. Before proceeding, make sure to have your Wi-Fi password handy since as you need to re-enter it after the reset. Now, simply these steps to start resetting network settings on your iPad:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose the Reset network settings option
  4. Enter your iPad passcode when prompted to continue.
  5. Tap on the popup again to confirm whether you want to reset network settings on your iPad.

After the reset is done, your iPad will then reboot automatically and load up all default network configurations. To reconnect to Wi-Fi again, you need to enable Wi-Fi first. Just return to Settings-> Wi-Fi menu and toggle the Wi-Fi switch to enable it again. Choose your Wi-Fi network and retry to connect to it.