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How to Fix iOS 8 Wi-Fi Problems



iOS 8 problems continue to plague iPhone and iPad users of all shapes and sizes in the days after the update’s release. Here, we address one of the biggest iOS 8 problems and tell you how to fix most iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems.

A week ago, Apple finally released its all new iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8 is a massive update that delivers new features, design tweaks, enhancements, and fixes for lingering iOS 7 problems. It also, as iPhone and iPad users discovered after the release date, delivered its own set of problems and issues.

In the days after the iOS 8 release, iPhone and iPad users noticed a series of iOS 8 problems including poor battery life, broken Wi-Fi, random crashes and freezes, sluggishness, poor app performance, issues switching from portrait to landscape mode, and poor performance in a number of other areas. These iOS 8 issues caused many iPhone and iPad users to cry out for an iOS 8.0.1 update.

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Today, that iOS 8.0.1 update arrived though like iOS 8, it also came loaded with issues, issues that forced Apple to pull the update from its servers. While it works on fixing its update, we want to work on fixing your iOS 8 problems and today we want to take a look at iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues in particular.

For the past two years, Apple’s discussion forum have been rife with complaints about Wi-Fi issues. iPhone and iPad users have complained about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. From the look of things, those issues persist for iPhone and iPad users inside Apple’s new iOS 8 update.

While there is no guaranteed fix for iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues, there are a few things that iPhone and iPad users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the device to an Apple Store to get looked at. These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 6 update and they’ve worked for many users in the past.

Here's a simple fix for many iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems.

Here’s a simple fix for many iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems.

The first thing you’ll want to do is reset your networking settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete so you’ll want to set aside some time. To do this, open up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

You’ll need your passcode and again, a few minutes of time because the phone or tablet is going to reboot itself. You’ll also want to track down your commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this is going to reset those forcing you to enter them again.

Try turning off Wi-Fi Networking as well.

Try turning off Wi-Fi Networking as well.

If that doesn’t fix things, you can also try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. After performing these two steps, you’ll want to reboot your phone. Once it’s rebooted, there’s a chance, again a chance, that your Wi-Fi will be working normally again.

If neither of those steps works, then it’s time to take some drastic steps. First, you might want to try restarting your modem and/or router. We suggest doing both. If that doesn’t work, try installing the latest firmware for your router. If none of that works, you can take your iPhone or iPad to an Apple Store and have a Genius look at it.

You could also try reverting to factory settings and restoring from a backup. This could be a painful process for many of you and it should be considered only if all other options are exhausted.

We’ll keep digging for more fixes for iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems as we push further away from the iOS 8 release date.



  1. George Weatherley

    10/03/2014 at 5:23 pm

    Unfortunately my iPad is stuck in a ios8.0.2 loop asking me to activate but it just won’t get past the point even shutting down iPad and reconnecting via computer iTunes. Been at ths try again message for hours. Help!

  2. M. Turner

    10/05/2014 at 8:31 am

    Having just bought an IPad Air for a hefty price why should I have to worry about connectivity problems? I have 2 phones, blackberry and android, a nexus 7, a macbook, and none of these require that I re-install firmware (in fact my firmware is up-to date) and that I go to all kinds of contortions to get a stable wifi connection. Mac users seem willing to put up with all kinds of inconvenience, often making juvenile comparisons with Windows. But Microsoft updates never go up in flames, and I have had many updates to my Blackberry, a few to my nexus, all without incident. If Apple users would be less slavishly admiring, maybe there would be more stable results

  3. Bkington

    10/06/2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks…at least Safari will work again!

  4. Andy

    10/13/2014 at 7:28 am

    I haven’t updated to 8.02 and am still using the original release, but have experienced wifi and cell connection issues with my 5S. Each time, the simple fix has been a (I think it’s called) soft reset — just hold down the power button and home button at the same time for 10-15 seconds.

  5. Katrina Ryan

    10/21/2014 at 5:12 pm

    Woke up this morning 21stOct to its showing 3G not the usual 4 G on iphone 6:
    Ive got no coverage unless im connected yo Wifi!
    Spent 1 hour on phone yo Vodafon…went in store they gave me a new sim, its still not working

  6. Andy

    10/23/2014 at 5:48 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Disabling Wifi Networking under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services has fixed all my issues within various apps! Definitely worth trying if you have issues with slowness, email images failing to load or images within Twitter/Tweetbot taking an age to load.

  7. Lewis Anderson

    08/18/2015 at 10:49 am

    Thank you! I could not figure out why my wi-fi stopped working on my iPhone 4S. I tried this fix mentioned above: try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services – after that it came back.

  8. Tommy

    09/20/2015 at 7:37 pm

    Apple sucks. My next one will be a Samsung

  9. Sarge madden

    09/22/2015 at 5:26 pm

    First my iPhone 5 calendar is weird the alerts won’t do right the first alert always is the same as second I like first one a day before second one 2 hours before my wife’s iPhone is same and hers won’t end calls when someone calls her she can’t hang up same way with if she calls out.. To just name a couple … Help please

  10. Harli Loff

    11/18/2015 at 9:58 am

    Hello, I have IOS9.1 and when i try to connect to my school’s WI-Fi it will bring up the page to log in, but the keyboard won’t show up. It shows the top of the keyboard (the left and right arrows and the ‘DONE’ option) but nothing else. I have been running into this issue for about a week now and i don’t know what to do about it. any suggestions?

  11. Platinum

    12/24/2015 at 9:32 pm

    Apple sucks – tried everything but no solution to wifi on ip5s ….the Genius Bar techie said u can as well get a new one!!!

  12. Runcmd888

    01/18/2016 at 6:39 am

    Brand new modem, SECOND brand new phone and brand new lap top. Laptop connecting to wifi no problem. Phone connects for about a second then drops out and wifi network name vanishes from wifi select menu. None of the iOS 9 or 8 fixes this and my data overage charges have surpassed $200 for 2 weeks. Called apple, went to Genius Bar – no one knows anything. Returning new 6s today and reconnecting old 5s. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE APPLE!!! Thanks for nothing.

  13. Giles

    03/26/2016 at 7:26 am

    My ipad is connected to the internet but when I try and make the new ios9.3 update it tells me unable to install as you are no longer connected to the internet? Also when I go to mail and click on a link it freezes. On Safari also when I click on a link it will not open..
    Somebody help it’s driving me crazy

  14. Mandy Addison

    08/07/2016 at 10:09 am

    My iPad4 since update 9.3.4 now won’t accept my network password, tried everything suggested on every site I have found. Also tried on other networks still not working any suggestions please as if a bug fix come can’t connect to fix them.

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