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Wi-Fi not working in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad: How to Fix the issue

Wi-Fi not working in iOS 12 on iPhone

Many iPhone users have been encountering an issue with Wi-Fi after getting updated to iOS 12. Our research has brought out two significant issues that have been repeatedly observed in iPhone with iOS 12. Firstly, Wi-Fi, more often than not, gets disconnected from the device. Secondly, one could not locate the Wi-Fi icon over the top of the screen even though the device is in connection with the legitimate network. Here you can fix the wifi connection issues using these methods.

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At first, for most iPhone users, the problem gets more tedious as they are unable to find the appropriate solution for the same. Some of them may think that the reason could be the system bug that might be creating such conflicts in the Wi-Fi functionality. However, as we are not sure what it is, we should dig deep to bring out the actual reason for Wi-Fi not working in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad.

How to Troubleshoot Wi-Fi issue On iPhone or iPad that runs on iOS 12

As we are applying different solutions to troubleshoot the Wi-Fi issue, we found one solution that matches our requirement. And, by which we were able to fix the Wi-Fi issue after updating to iOS 12.  It is the most reliable solution, and it helps improve the performance of the device more significantly. Later in the article, we have provided tricks to solve the issue of Wi-Fi in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad. Listed below are some of the techniques that you can carry out to fix the issue.

1. Check Wi-Fi router

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that your Wi-Fi router is working correctly. At times, it could create chaos and result in network issues. Therefore, it is better to restart your Wi-Fi router, and it will also clear your doubt whether the problem is from the router side or not. Follow the steps mentioned below to give a fresh start to your Wi-Fi router.

Check Wi-Fi router

Step 1: Firstly, you need to turn off your router.

Step2: Next up, remove it from the power source.

Step 3: Now, you need to wait for a few minutes before reconnecting it to the power source.

Step4: Next up, plug it again with the power source to turn it on.

Now, to find the origin of the problem, you can connect your Wi-Fi router with another available network. If you can establish a successful connection with the other network, then it is sure that the error is within your Wi-Fi connection. For this, you can contact the network provider; maybe you can get positive feedback from them. 

2.Provide the Wi-Fi network and your iPhone or iPad a Clean start 

For this method, you need to disconnect your device from the available Wi-Fi. Restart it and then try connecting to the network. Follow the steps mentioned below to do so:

Step 1: Open Settings app

Step2: Tap on Wi-Fi

Step 3: Here, you will find ‘I’ button, provided next to a Wi-Fi network. Tap on it.

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Step4: Next up, tap on Forget This Network and confirm your selection.

Step5: Toggle off Wi-Fi switch.

Step 6: Now, you need to hard reset your iPhone. To do so follow the procedure mentioned below.

If you own an iPhone SE, 6s Plus, 6s earlier, you need to perform the following actions.

  • To reboot your iOS device, you need to press and hold both home and power buttons at once. You need to keep holding both buttons for at least 10 seconds.
  • If you own an iPhone 7/7 Plus, then you need to perform the following actions.
  • To reboot your iOS device, you need to press and hold the ON/OFF and volume down button at the same time.
  • If you own iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, then you need to perform the following action.
  • To reboot your iOS device, you need to press and press and release the volume up and down button one by one. After that, you need to press and hold the side button until you find an Apple logo on your screen.
  • Once you are done with the rebooting of the device, turn on your Wi-Fi and try making a connection with the network that you usually prefer.

You may notice that the Wi-Fi problem will be fixed after such efforts. However, if you are still unable to solve the issue, you can always choose the more options which are listed further in the article.

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3. Reset Network Settings 

This could be the solution that you are looking for. It is said to be the most reliable and straightforward solution to fix the Wi-Fi issue in iOS 12. All you need to do is reset your network settings. Follow the steps mentioned below to do so:


Step 1: Open Settings app on your iOS device

Step2: Navigate to the General option.

Step 3: Next up, you need to tap on Reset.

Step4: Thereafter, tap on Reset Network Settings.

Step 5: Here, you need to provide your iPhone Passcode, and then confirm it.

Once you have performed each step perfectly, you can try connecting your device to the Wi-Fi. We hope this could fix the issue. If not, then move on to the next tip. 

4. Toggle Off Wi-Fi Networking Services

For this method, you need to turn off Wi-Fi networking services on your iPhone. As soon as it gets disabled, the location that is being used for Wi-Fi networking will stop responding. Follow the steps mentioned below to so:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iOS device.

Step2: Now, you need to tap on Privacy.

Step 3: Next up, tap on the Location Services.

Step4: Now, move to the System Services.

Step 5: Next up, you need to turn off the switch that is provided next to Wi-Fi networking.

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You can always turn this feature on once your Wi-Fi issue gets resolved. With the similar steps mentioned above, you can easily turn on the Wi-Fi networking services.

5. Try Disabling VPN

turn off vpn in iOS 12

The next tip is, disable a VPN on your device. If you are using a VPN, allow yourself to turn it off for a few minutes and then check whether the problem is resolved or not. To turn it off, head towards the Setting app, where you can find the option to turn the VPN off.

6. Set Custom DNS

During our research, we have also found that shifting to the custom DNS server such as Google DNS or OpenDNS, has helped in solving the Wi-Fi issue. Try changing your DNS setting and check whether your issue is fixed or not.

7. Downgrade to iOS 12 to iOS 11

So, if none of those mentioned above methods have helped you, that means it is the system bug that is creating conflict in your iPhone. And, it could be the primary reason which causes Wi-Fi issue in iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad. For this, you can always get back to the previous version of the operating system, that is, iOS 11. downgrade your device from iOS 12 to iOS 11, and check whether your Wi-Fi issue is fixed or not!

We hope this article will help you fix the Wi-Fi issue in iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad. If you have any queries regarding Android and Apple accessories, feel free to mention your issue in the comment section below.

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