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How to Fix Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Problems in 5 Seconds

There’s a quick fix for many Galaxy Note 2 WiFi problems, such as slow or disconnecting WiFi and even not being able to connect to any WiFi networks.

If you suffer from slow or disconnecting WiFi speeds on the Galaxy Note 2 there’s no need to blow through your mobile data with 4G LTE. We suggest a three-step process to fix WiFi problems in seconds.

This three-part process can solve many Galaxy Note 2 WiFi issues, but it cure every problem. In addition to checking the settings on the Galaxy Note 2, it’s a good idea to restart your router if possible.

Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Problems
Galaxy Note 2 WiFi problems frustrate owners.

How to Fix Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Problems

If you haven’t already done so, restart the Galaxy Note 2. This alone won’t always fix slow or disconnecting WiFi, but it’s the right place to start.

After the reboot, turn WiFi off and back on. To do this, pull down the notification bar, Tap on the Settings Cog in the upper right, Tap the On next to WiFi to turn it off. Then repeat to turn it back on.

Fix Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Problems
Quick fix for Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Problems.

The next step is to make sure the Galaxy Note 2 is set to keep WiFi on during sleep. Many Note 2 owners will find that this setting is already on, but if it’s not it could be the cause of WiFi problems.

  • Go back to the WiFi settings page and tap on Menu.
  • Tap on Advanced
  • Tap on Keep WiFi on during sleep.
  • Check Always.

On this same screen make sure Auto-connect is not checked. This is known to cause issues on the Galaxy S3.

Other Galaxy Note 2 WiFi fixes include switching from a 5Ghz WiFi network to a 2.4Ghz WiFi network. This solved our WiFi problems on another Galaxy smartphone.

The last-ditch solution to fix Galaxy Note 2 WiFi problems takes longer than five seconds, but it’s worth trying if the Note 2 will not connect to any WiFi networks. This is a factory reset. Unfortunately this means reinstalling all apps and setting up accounts so only do this after you’re sure you’ve backed up photos and information.

When ready, tap on Settings -> Back up and reset -> Factory data reset. From here confirm this is what you want to do, and wait for the process to complete.

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52 Comments

  1. Sherri

    01/02/2013 at 8:50 am

    Thank you soooo much. I just bought this device and was disappointed with the wifi cutting off. Went back to AT&T and they had no clue how to fix it. Wanted to give me a refurbished phone after I paid over $300 for this one two weeks ago…ARE YOU SERIOUS!! I appreciate you help!!!!

    Reply

    • William B. Ericson

      01/27/2015 at 6:18 pm

      No joking here – to fix Samsung galaxy wifi dropping or failing to connect rap the phone firmly 5 times on the back center (yes whack it)
      and instantly see your problem gone. It is a connector issue. Save yourself two days of wasted time trying all the other bull here.

      Reply

      • joan

        04/02/2016 at 3:19 am

        i did it… OMG…

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      • Valarie

        05/10/2016 at 1:46 pm

        I had tried all the other supposed fixes and I read your response when I was just pissed enough to try it, THANK YOU SO MUCH IT WORKED!

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      • Jill

        06/03/2017 at 7:16 pm

        wow, after lots of frustration, i figured what the heck. So i tried it and it instantly worked

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    • William B. Ericson

      01/27/2015 at 6:22 pm

      It is a connector issue. Hit the phone 5 times in the center back, and wifi all appears and is fine.
      just try it, you will be amazed that it is the only thing that works.

      Reply

      • Ravi

        07/26/2015 at 6:33 pm

        Yes i did..It got connected. First time ever im shocked how such stupid things also works sometimes.. Thanks a lot for this amaming idea. I am happy now “)

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      • Ravi

        09/14/2016 at 12:11 pm

        this really worked ….
        i am still not able to believe myself

        Reply

    • Jason

      01/28/2015 at 2:20 pm

      I have found a new fix for the wifi problem. After this I haven’t had a problem since…. simple thing to do….. Turn off wifi calling….. my wifi immediately started working as soon as I disabled the wifi calling option. .

      Reply

  2. cvspartan92

    01/03/2013 at 8:42 pm

    also, if you are on at&t, disable the at&t wifi app that is installed on the phone. it interferes with the wifi connection and makes it toggle off while connected to a wifi router.

    Reply

    • Ddzapper

      01/22/2013 at 6:43 pm

      I deleted the AT&T wifi app and have not had a problem since

      Reply

      • Yuri Artyom

        05/20/2013 at 11:58 pm

        how to delete AT&T wifi app?

        Reply

      • Aresha

        09/22/2015 at 8:14 am

        How did you delete the att wifi app??

        Reply

  3. vibhu

    02/01/2013 at 1:07 pm

    this part “On this same screen make sure Auto-connect is not checked. This is known to cause issues on the Galaxy S3.” did it for me on my Note 2

    Reply

  4. jeet

    02/24/2013 at 5:01 am

    Hi my note 2 connected with wifi it access all internet website
    Bt I can’t access youtube nd facebook

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    • Namine

      09/09/2015 at 9:53 pm

      Thats the same problem I have

      Reply

  5. Jason

    04/05/2013 at 2:31 pm

    Nothing here worked for me with my Note 2 on Verizon.

    Reply

  6. mdwy62

    04/15/2013 at 7:08 am

    None of these options worked for a Sprint GSN2 with hotel WiFi that requires authentication through a website.

    Reply

  7. D

    04/15/2013 at 11:32 pm

    I’d like to know how you propose to do any of that in 5 seconds

    Reply

  8. joel

    05/07/2013 at 12:42 am

    Now heres a question…I cant connect to my home or even some of my buddys house wifi…yet at s9me places like starbucks or even at the bell store. I have already done a reboot and factory reset, even a hard reset where I had to do a program reboot, and as a last resort sent it into Samsung. ..and all they did was reboot it and gave it a cleaning….still dosnt work.

    Sent from my note 2 thats sucking up all my data

    Reply

  9. Tom Clearo Fon

    05/11/2013 at 1:29 pm

    Did all of the above and still nothing….im getting agitated with this thing….worked fine for two and a half months

    Reply

  10. Ann Amann

    06/30/2013 at 8:21 pm

    The same thing is happening to me… it worked fine for three months and now I am finding out many people are having the same problem. I don’t know why Samsung does not provide a solution…

    Reply

  11. laura

    07/04/2013 at 11:14 pm

    Omggg!!!! I need help!!! My note 2s wifi is not working when I press on the wifi to turn on it just doesnt and sometimes it does for only seconds. I had this phone for about 3 months. Im very mad

    Reply

    • Interesting Username

      08/20/2016 at 2:11 pm

      Same thing here, I’ve tried EVERYTHING

      Reply

  12. CoffeeAndThoughts

    07/10/2013 at 7:08 am

    Try hitting it. Haha. That’s worked for about 3 months for me.. Now it’s being awful enough for me to hang out in forums though… =/

    Reply

  13. daniel

    08/13/2013 at 5:59 am

    I too have this problem with Note 2 not connecting to wifi,however I can get it to work using WEP security but not using WPA/WPA2 PSK security… I hope this can help some of you..

    Reply

    • Plus5Defense

      08/27/2013 at 11:06 pm

      after looking and trying for 2 days this is the only thing that worked for me. thank you

      Reply

  14. Saud

    08/17/2013 at 2:13 pm

    Wi-Fi problem is resolved for my galaxy note 2 when I did (forget network) and then connect again. connection is no more slow with smooth YouTube streaming.

    Reply

  15. Basheer

    09/21/2013 at 12:45 am

    wifi not swithing on galaxy note 2 gt-n7100. help me please.

    Reply

  16. Robert

    10/06/2013 at 12:28 am

    Say.. Sorry if I have missed your response but why haven’t you replied to the comment asking how we could do any of your recommendations in 5 second? Seems you were just trying to draw people into your article. Please have the decency to respond. Or is there nothing you can say in your defence..

    Reply

  17. alex

    04/24/2014 at 6:10 pm

    Hi! My galaxy note2 doesn´t load facebook or instagram only on my home wi-fi, in other places with wi-fi works just fine… does anyone have the same problem??

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  18. Blessed

    08/11/2014 at 4:16 pm

    The wifi problem has been solved for me. I was not able to turn on the wifi. I called Samsung and they could not help. l powered off the phone, removed battery for 3O seconds as prescribed in other websites and it did not work. However, when I powered off the phone in a different way, the Wifi was able to turn on.This is what I did. 1 held the power off button for a longer time, about 10 to 15 Seconds So that the phone went off and powered on while I was still holding the power off button. Then the Wifi was able to turn on. At first when I powered off the phone by pressing the power off button in a Second and then touching the power off from the screen, The phone powered off and l powered it on but this method did not work. Just hold the power off button a the side of the phone for a long time till the phone goes off and comes on

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  19. Juanita

    09/07/2014 at 10:17 am

    I had tried every one of these solutions on my daughter’s Galaxy Note 2, all to no avail. While reading the comments, I noticed that one person had suggested lightly smacking the back of the phone and voila it worked. If this is going to be a frequent issue with her phone I will be getting yet another warranty replacement.

    This is not the only Note 2 that we have as I have one as does a friend who is on my plan and neither of us have had this issue with our phones and we absolutely love them.

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  20. slaaavo

    11/26/2014 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks a lot! I am very tech savvy, but it never occurred to me to try pressing menu in settings. My Wi-Fi was set to never be on while asleep. Thanks again.

    Reply

  21. Suleman

    12/17/2014 at 7:17 am

    My note 2 wifi not work kindly give me solution

    Reply

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  23. Cathy

    07/06/2015 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you so much for your help. I thought it was my new phone but it seems the cord had come out on the router. Although a minor problem, sometimes the WiFi doesn’t work at all. Your information helped solve it ☺

    Reply

  24. womanaftergodownheart DJLUCAS

    08/30/2015 at 11:24 am

    I have the galaxy note 2, I having WiFi issues. when I am out and about I can’t pick up WiFi away from home I have bright house as my provider. I can no loner pickup WiFi, neighter hotspots. Any suggestions?

    Reply

  25. nesher

    09/18/2015 at 3:10 pm

    not connect wi-fi samsung note 2

    Reply

    • Interesting Username

      08/20/2016 at 2:20 pm

      Same exact thing with me .-.

      Reply

  26. khansa

    10/16/2015 at 6:14 am

    i found someone on youtube and he shows you step by step on how to fix that. you have to dial *#0011# and after that the setting will show in safe mode, press on the left setting button and click on wifi and then the wifi setting comes on and it will say wifi on, press on it to turn it off and then you can restart and turn on your wife again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyO66lqTjIs

    Reply

  27. jam galima

    11/24/2015 at 7:47 am

    Tried tapping my note 2 at the back & wifi connected! Thanks William!

    Reply

  28. bharathirathinam

    12/20/2015 at 5:49 am

    Samsung 4G LTE can not connected wifi please let me know how to connect

    Reply

  29. gaby

    02/04/2016 at 10:09 pm

    I did every thing and nothing worked I still can not connect to wifi at home when I used to be able to. I even resetted to factory settings nothing please help

    Reply

  30. rooney

    02/10/2016 at 6:21 am

    i am having problem with my wifi too from the moment i started using this phone i accessed wifi with it just for a week now when u switch wifi as well as bluetooth it switch off on its own dont know why i need help

    Reply

  31. gee

    02/14/2016 at 2:28 am

    here’s the app FXR WiFi fix and rescue

    Reply

  32. David

    02/26/2016 at 11:33 pm

    Change your settings to static ip address

    Reply

  33. Robert

    04/17/2016 at 7:00 am

    Did the “Forget Network” then connected to it again and seems to be running much better.

    Reply

  34. Matt Resetar

    07/12/2016 at 4:45 pm

    Wow hitting it really worked lol

    Reply

  35. Annada Dash

    09/03/2016 at 3:35 am

    i did the first process, but the problem with my phone is the wifi id not turning on,whenever i try to turn it on,it always turns off,what can i do???

    Reply

  36. abhi

    10/09/2016 at 8:11 am

    thank you so much……..!!!!!!!!!!! IT REALLY WORKED. THANKS A LOTTT…

    Reply

  37. Raul Andrade

    01/22/2017 at 3:37 am

    I just followed Ericson’s advice and rapped my Note 2 five times on the back center, and IT WORKED!!! Ericson is from now on my Note 2 guru!

    Reply

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