If there were a race to be the most buggy iOS update ever, iOS 13 would most probably be crowned the champion. And that too by a long-distance! Problems like rapid battery draining and wireless charging issues have made the latest iteration of iOS extremely unstable.
We have come up with some solutions to fix the issue of Wi-Fi not working in iOS 13 and iPadOS. So, whether your iPhone is unable to connect to Wi-Fi, or disconnects from the network when it is locked, or simply Wi-Fi doesn’t work correctly on your device, the below-mentioned tricks may help you get the better of the problems.
WiFi Not Working in iOS 13 on iPhone: How to Fix the Issue
#1. Reset the Wi-Fi Router
The most basic and effective hack, so make sure you get it out of the way before wrestling with any other settings. Just like your computer, Wi-Fi router has memory, CPU, and local storage running over an operating system. And similar to your computer, restarting the device could free up the caches and reset any error.
Turn off the WiFi router and unplug the power source for a minimum of 5 minutes. Then reconnect power source and restart the router. This will allow the capacitor to fully drain, clearing all cache and ensuring a proper reset.
#2. Reboot the device
A common issue after a new update implementation is that many apps or features suddenly stops working. Most of the times, all you need is to reset some internal settings to resolve the issue. Force restarting your iPhone or iPad will do the needful as it clears out junk files and any corrupt temporary data.
If you are using iPhone X Series, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, follow this detailed guide to force restart. As for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold the Side and Volume Down buttons simultaneously, until you see the Apple logo. For iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch, press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons, until you see the Apple logo.
#3. Turn on Airplane Mode
The Airplane Mode suspends the radio-frequency signal transmission by the device, disabling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular networks. When disabled, it not just restarts but refreshes the basic settings of these services. And a reset might be all you need to fix Wi-Fi issue on iPhone running iOS 13.
To activate Airplane mode, open the Control Center and simply switch ON the mode. Soft reset your iPhone to ensure that the internal memory is refreshed. Once the device is active, switch OFF the Airplane Mode via the Control Centre.
Whether you force restart your device or use Airplane mode to reset the settings, it should mostly solve the problem. If not, here are some specific settings related hack that should help you to resolve the issue.
#4. Auto-Join Settings
Under normal circumstances, the iPhone automatically connects to the stored networks, as and when it is in range. However, an update can affect the settings, pushing you to connect to the network manually. To manage the Auto-Join settings, open the Settings → Wi-Fi.
Tap on the information (i) icon next to the Wi-Fi connection name; switch on the Auto-Join toggle. If the Auto-Join toggle is already on then try resetting network settings.
#5. Forget and Reconnect to the Wi-Fi Network
During updating your iOS, individual settings ought to change. At times, the parameters related to a specific network could be corrupted, causing connection error. This step enables you to reinstall the settings of the network, removing all mistakes.
To forget the Wi-Fi network, go to Settings → Wi-Fi. Here tap on the information (i) icon next to the Wi-Fi connection name. Tap on Forget This Network; a popup will ask for confirmation, tap on Forget to confirm. Now, restart your device to clear the network caches.
Reopen the Settings → Wi-Fi, find your network in the Other Networks section. Enter Password and Join the network again. If things still don’t look right, then jump on and reset your network settings.
#6. Reset Network Settings
It might be the case that the recently installed settings are creating some conflicts. A network setting reset basically erases all caches and clears DHCP settings and other networking related info. It will reset the new network settings and restores the original network options and values.
To perform this action Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings. Once done, your iPhone should restart on its own with original network configurations. You will have to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network again.
#7. Reset All Settings
Since nothing seems to be working, its time to bring out the bigger guns. Though not the immediate settings, updating to iOS 13 might have affected some underlying settings that are stoping your Wi-fi from working. This step shall eradicate any post-update symptoms leading to the issue.
To reset, go to Settings → General → Reset → Reset all settings. Enter the device code, if prompted and confirm the action.
The device is configured to default settings, and all your customized settings are deleted. Notably, this reset does not cause any permanent data loss, as the internal data in the phone memory is not touched.
#8. Disable VPN
If you have enabled a Virtual Private Network(VPN) either via the settings app or a VPN app, this could be your culprit. Disable the VPN setting from the Settings app. For more information on VPN, check out this post.
You might not be able to disable it due to the VPN app you might be using. So, launch the app and disable the VPN temporarily. Once your Wi-Fi problem is solved, you can activate the VPN as per your convenience.
#9. Disable Wi-Fi Networking Services
While this may sound odd, but the trick does seem to work for many iPhone users. As you may know, a Wi-Fi network also uses your location services. Disabling it might aid in solving your Wi-Fi-related issue.
Go to Settings → Privacy → Location Services scroll down to System Services. Scroll down to Wi-Fi Networking and switch off the toggle.
Once the problem is resolved, and Wi-Fi starts functioning correctly, you can turn on this feature. To do so, follow the same steps mentioned above and then toggle on the switch for Wi-Fi networking.
#10. Set Custom DNS
At times a quick fix to solve your iPhone’s Wi-Fi Problems is to switch to Google DNS or OpenDNS. Usually, the iPhone automatically assigns the DNS based on router configuration; however, you might have to manually change it in instances such as these. For more information and guide over the matter, check out this post.
If nothing has worked out it till yet, then there might be some bug. Apple developers are often quick to resolve such issues; so relax and downgrade to iOS 12. Wait for a few days and switch back to iOS13, with a hopefull fully functional Wi-Fi network.
iOS 13 has a plethora of new features that you should surely explore; from Dark Mode to Find My. However, if your WiFi is not working on iOS 13, you are being deprived of the full functionality of such new features. I hope that these troubleshooting tips have helped you through the issue. If not, you need to escalate the problem to your Internet service provider or Apple Support.
I bid adieu for now, with a promise to see you all soon and with tons of such tips, trick, and hacks. If you want to read iOS 13 related posts, here are some links that might help you.
- How to Update Your Apps on iPhone and iPad in iOS 13 and iPadOS
- How to Rearrange or Remove Apps on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 13
- How to Enable Low Data Mode in iOS 13 on iPhone and iPad
- How to Install and Use Custom Fonts in iOS 13 on iPhone or iPad
Meanwhile, feel free to share your experience and queries with us in the comments below or on our social media pages – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, make sure to try out our iOS app for regular updates regarding the Apple ecosystem.