Tackled in this post is a problem on the iPhone 6s Wi-Fi signal that keeps dropping in iOS 13. The solutions mapped out below are used to eliminate common factors that could trigger the same issue be it from an update or in regular basis.
The quality of your wireless internet connection depends on how strong and stable the Wi-Fi signal is on your phone. If the signal is unstable, your internet connection is also the same and could result in a constant dropping of Wi-Fi signal on your device. Unfortunately, this is what has occurred to some iPhone owners after updating to the iOS 13 firmware. Find out why this happens and what must be done to fix the problem on your end.
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Troubleshooting Wi-Fi signal that keeps dropping in iOS 13
Before you start troubleshooting, consider applying these first few tweaks to rule out the most obvious reasons that are often neglected when dealing with random Wi-Fi issues on an iPhone.
- Move closer to the modem/router. Proximity matters when it comes to Wi-Fi signal stability and Internet quality. If you’re way too far from the Internet source, the Wi-Fi signal your device obtains is weak or poor. This then results in an unsteady Wi-Fi signal and intermittent Wi-Fi connection. That said, the closer you are to the wireless router or modem in use, the better.
- Remove any phone cover or casing. Non-Apple accessories are indeed a good option especially when it comes to cost. However, many of these accessories aren’t actually a good fit to your device. Some are a bit small or bigger than the actual scheme of your device. Using any of these accessories could therefore lead to some issues including Wi-Fi signal disruption. Thus, consider removing any of them from your iPhone and see if that makes some positive results and improves the quality of the Wi-Fi signal your device is getting from the source.
- Stay away from any possible Wi-Fi interference. Thick walls, window panes, microwave transmitters, and wireless cameras are just a few of the common causes of Wi-Fi interference. Thus, be sure to keep your device and/or network equipment away from any of these components.
If these initial workarounds don’t do any good and your iPhone’s Wi-Fi signal still keeps dropping in iOS 13, then you can proceed and try applying any of these potential solutions. Doing so eliminates software-related factors that usually prompt Wi-Fi signal issues to occur in many iOS devices, particularly after a major system update.
First solution: Restart/power cycle the modem/router.
The main source of your Internet connection is your network equipment and that’s either a modem or wireless router. If something goes wrong with the network equipment, chances are that all connected devices will experience problems including Wi-Fi signal drops. Like many other devices, network equipment also succumbs to minor firmware crashes. Although the problem started after installing an iOS update, it is still recommended to start working on the network equipment. To eliminate random firmware crashes on the network equipment that might have caused your Wi-Fi signal to drop more often in iOS 13, follow these steps to power cycle it:
- Long press the Power button on your modem/router until all the lights turn off.
- While your modem/router is completely turned off, unplug it from the power source and keep it that way for about a minute or two.
- After the elapsed time, plug it back into the power source and then turn it back on.
- Wait until all the light indicators become stable.
Your iPhone should connect to the Wi-Fi network by itself if it’s previously configured to auto-connect.
Second solution: Soft reset your iPhone.
A soft reset can fix various types of issues attributed to random software glitches and buggy updates. And for this reason, rebooting an iPhone from an update is highly recommended. This should correct any minor flaws including apps that have gone rogue after the major system transition. Minor flaws affecting the phone’s wireless functions are likewise remedied through a soft reset. The steps in performing a soft reset vary between iPhone models. On an iPhone 8 Plus and earlier models with a physical Home button, including the iPhone 6s, a soft reset is done through these steps:
- Press and hold down the Side (Power) button for a few seconds until the Slide To Power Off appears.
- Drag the slider to the right to power off your device completely.
- After 30 seconds, press and hold down the Side (Power) button again until the Apple logo appears.
No data gets affected or deleted from a soft reset so you don’t need to back up files from your iPhone storage beforehand.
Third solution: Restart your phone’s Wi-Fi feature.
If a soft reset failed to fix the problem, then continue to troubleshoot and work on your phone’s wireless feature. Like any other system functions, the Wi-Fi feature may also encounter some minor irregularities after some major system changes. To address these problems, turning the Wi-Fi feature off for a few seconds and then back on can help. Here’s how it’s done:
- From the Home screen, tap Settings.
- Select Wi-Fi.
- Toggle the Wi-Fi switch to turn the feature OFF.
- Keep it turned off for a few seconds.
- Then toggle the switch to turn Wi-Fi back on again.
You can also access the Wi-Fi control straight from the Control Center of your iPhone. Just launch it and toggle the Wi-Fi control off and on again.
Fourth solution: Use the Airplane Mode trick.
Another effective solution that’s been proven to work wonders when wireless problems strike is the so-called Airplane Mode trick. It works by simultaneously restarting the phone’s wireless features and thereby clears out any existing network errors including those inflicted by the iOS 13 update installation. If you wish to try it, then here’s how it’s done:
- Tap Settings from your Home screen.
- Select Airplane Mode.
- Toggle the switch to turn Airplane mode on. This disables your iPhone’s wireless radios and relevant functions.
- While Airplane mode is enabled, restart your iPhone.
- After it reboots, go back to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode off again.
Wait for your phone to regain Wi-Fi signal and see how it works afterwards. If the Wi-Fi signal continues to drop, troubleshoot further and rule out other factors including corrupted Wi-Fi networks.
Fifth solution: Forget Wi-Fi network(s) on your phone.
The recent update might have caused your Wi-Fi network to get corrupted and stopped working. If this is the case, then you would need to delete/forget the corrupted network and then add it back. Just follow these steps:
- Tap Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on Wi-Fi. Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on so you can view all Wi-Fi networks within range.
- Select your Wi-Fi network.
- Then tap the information “i” icon next to your Wi-Fi network name (SSID).
- Tap the option to Forget This Network.
- If prompted, tap to confirm that you’d like to forget the Wi-Fi network.
The selected network will then be deleted. If you see any other saved Wi-Fi networks that you no longer use, use the same method to forget them all. Doing so will prevent any of these networks to cause conflicts to the Wi-Fi network you’re using.
Sixth solution: Reset network settings to fix Wi-Fi signal that keeps dropping in iOS 13.
Resorting to network resets can be considered among the last options if the problem continues after applying the previous workarounds. This should help clear out network-related errors including incorrect or invalid network configurations and automatic update overrides that resulted in an unstable Wi-Fi signal. All saved Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth connections will be deleted in the process, so be sure to take note of your network passwords before you proceed. Just refer to these steps whenever you’re all set to reset network settings on your iPhone 6s:
- From your Home screen, tap Settings.
- Select General.
- Scroll down to and tap on Reset.
- Select the option to Reset network settings.
- Enter your device passcode when asked to proceed.
- Confirm that you’d want to reset network settings on your phone.
When the reset is finished, your phone restarts automatically and then loads up the default network settings and values. This denotes the need for you to set up Wi-Fi and connection to your Wi-Fi network like the first time.
Last resort: Erase your iPhone and restore it through iTunes.
When dealing with major system errors that could not be rectified by the initial procedures, performing a full system wipe and restore is usually needed. Thus if you’ve reached this point having the same dilemma on your iPhone’s Wi-Fi signal that keeps dropping, consider performing a factory reset. Doing so will erase everything from your iPhone system and then restores its factory defaults. A factory reset can be done straight from your iPhone settings but since Wi-Fi internet will be needed, you can use iTunes on a computer instead. Be sure to use a computer that’s connected to the Internet and has the latest version of iTunes app in it. Just follow these steps:
- Open iTunes on your computer, if you haven’t already.
- Connect your iPhone to the computer with the USB cable or Lightning cable that came with it.
- Wait for iTunes to recognize your device and when it does, you should see your iPhone’s icon in iTunes.
- Click to select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
- Then navigate to the Summary section.
- Click on the Restore [iPhone] button.
- If prompted, click on the Restore button again to confirm.
This should prompt iTunes to start erasing your device and then installs the latest version of operating system available. Once the factory reset is finished, your phone should restart. By then you can go ahead and set your iPhone up as new.
Be sure to connect to the right Wi-Fi network during the Wi-Fi setup process to ensure that you’re within the network range.
Is your iPhone’s Wi-Fi signal still keeps dropping in iOS 13?
Contact your internet service provider for further assistance in troubleshooting your Wi-Fi internet connection. There might be some advanced network settings that need to be reconfigured to make your device work with the recent iOS platform. Also check and see if there are any ongoing outages that might have caused Wi-Fi signal to become temporarily unstable. You can also ask your service provider to provision your modem again from their end. This is usually needed to rectify minor firmware issues on your network equipment that make Wi-Fi signal unstable.
Also consider escalating the problem to Apple Support so that they can make necessary assessments on their end and determine whether or not an iOS 13 network bug is to blame.
Taking a trip to the nearest Apple service center can also be considered among the last resorts if you suspect that some damaged hardware or network components are the underlying cause of the problem. Although the symptoms started from the recent update, it’s also possible that a damaged network component is the main trigger.
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