My iPad Can’t Connect To Wi-Fi. Here’s The Fix!

Network issues occur every now and then. Even Apple devices succumb to these kinds or problems. That’s the case with some owners who reported that their iPad can’t connect to Wi-Fi network anymore after the recent iPadOS update.

We would like to help our readers who contacted us regarding this problem. So, we outlined a few procedures here that covers almost everything as far as network connectivity is concerned. If you’re one of the owners of this device and are currently having a similar problem, continue reading. We may be able to help you.

Fixing An iPad That Can’t Connect To Wi-Fi

Time Needed : 15 minutes

When troubleshooting a problem like this, you only need 3 procedures. As long as the problem wasn’t caused by some serious hardware issues, you should be able to fix it on your own. With that being said, this is what you need to do.

  1. Force restart your iPad

    The first thing that you have to do is the forced restart. It is a simulated battery removal that has already been proven to be effective against any sort of problem as long as it’s not serious.

    If this problem occurred without apparent reason, then it’s probably just a minor firmware issue, especially if you’ve recently updated your iPad.

    If you have the iPad with the Home button, press and hold the power key and the home button until the device powers off.
    Once the logo shows on the screen, release both keys.

    If you own an iPad without the home button, quickly press and release the volume up button, and then the volume down button.
    Once you release the volume down button, press and hold the power key until the Apple logo shows.

    After the iPad has finished rebooting, try to see if it can connect to the network.
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  2. Power-cycle your network device

    Since we’re dealing with a Wi-Fi issue here, we should always consider a network issue a problem. It is always possible that the problem is caused by the router that failed to broadcast the signal properly.

    So, after doing the first procedure your iPad is still not able connect to the Wi-Fi network, what you have to do next is restart your router.

    Unplug your modem or router from the wall outlet or simply disconnect the power cord from the main unit.
    Leave it without power for a minute or two.
    After that, plug it back into the wall outlet or reconnect the cord.
    Wait for the device to become online and then let your phone reconnect to it.

    After rebooting your router, try to see if the problem still occurs.
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  3. Reset your iPad’s network settings

    As long as the problem isn’t with your iPad’s network components, this should be the solution that will help you fix the issue. What it does is reset all network services as well as delete all existing connections.

    This has also been proven to be effective against problems like this, especially if it’s an issue with Wi-Fi.

    For you to be guided properly on how to do this, read our post on how to reset the network settings on an iPad.
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When it comes to minor Wi-Fi related issues, these solutions can surely fix them. However, there are times when a problem that may seem minor is actually pretty serious. If your iPad can’t connect to Wi-Fi even after doing the procedure above, then it’s time you have some Apple tech check it for you.

Some FAQs About iPad Connectivity

We have some readers who contacted us about some connectivity issues with their iPad. So, we’re gonna answer some of them here.

My iPad intermittently disconnects from the network, can a factory reset fix it?

Yeah, probably. Intermittent issues aren’t really serious. In your case, you may be able to connect to the Internet for a few hours before getting disconnected. A factory reset can surely fix that, however, if you haven’t reset the network settings yet, I suggest you do before the reset. It may be able to fix the problem.

My iPad has a very slow Wi-Fi connection. What can I do to make it faster?

First, make sure that the problem isn’t with your Wi-Fi network. Let your other devices connect to the same network and do a speedtest. Then compare the results with your iPad’s. If there’s a difference, then the best solution for that is to delete the current Wi-Fi connection on your iPad and let it reconnect to the network. Or better yet, reset the network settings and that should fix the problem.

The Wi-Fi connection on my iPad drops when I stream. What should I do?

One sign of an unstable network is when the connection drops frequently. Most of the time, when such an issue occurs, the problem is with the network device. So, the first thing you have to do is reboot your router and let your iPad reconnect to it. If that doesn’t fix the problem, reset the network settings on your iPad.

And that’s all for now, guys.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you what to do if your iPad can’t connect to Wi-Fi or has some connection issues.

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