Apple iPad is a great tablet on the market. The Cupertino company has been improving its iPad lineup since the launch day. Apple’s iOS tablet has become a useful device, rather than a big version of the iPhone.
In iOS 11, Apple poured a lot of love into its iPad which was previously ignored in iOS 10. We now have a better multitasking mode, a new Files app, a Drag and Drop gesture, and a Dock. However, Apple iPad has its own issues that may ruin your experience.
In reality, a lot of iPad owners have reported that their iPad fails to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Besides, we also hear some other Wi-Fi connection issues like Wi-Fi connection dropping suddenly, Wi-Fi settings grayed out, or slow Wi-Fi connection.
If you are among those users who have been affected by the above issues, then we are here to help. In the section below, we are going to walk you through the steps on how to fix an iPad that fails to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Before proceeding, you need to update your iPad to the latest software update. Keep in mind that a new software update comes with bug fixes, so it’s a good idea to update your device. To do this, open Settings > General > Software Update and hit the Install Now button.
Hard reset or force restart
If your iPad is running the latest software update, but you still cannot connect to a Wi-F network, then try performing a hard reset or a force restart. A hard reset may help fix some minor issues on your iPad ranging from connectivity issues to frozen keyboard.
Force restarting your iPad is pretty simple. To do this, press and hold the Sleep/Wake or On/Off button. After that, press and hold the home button. Make sure you keep both buttons pressed until your screen turns black and you see the Apple logo. Once your phone finishes booting up, it will display the lock screen. Once you are done, try re-joining a Wi-Fi network.
Forget your Wi-Fi network and rejoin
If the problem still persists, then try forgetting your Wi-Fi network. To do this, hit the Wi-Fi network from the list of all the networks and then tap Forget to forget the network. Once you are done, open the Settings app from your home screen, then select Wi-Fi and re-join your Wi-Fi network to see if the problem is fixed. If nothing changes, then reboot your iPad. Once your tablet finishes booting up, rejoin your Wi-Fi network.
Reset network settings
If you still cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network, then the next solution is to reset your network settings. Keep in mind that resetting network settings will remove all of your current settings, meaning that you need to set up your network again.
The process is pretty simple. You simply need to open the Settings app from your home screen, then hit General and tap Reset. Now just simply tap on Reset Network Settings. Once you are done, set up your Wi-Fi network from the scratch and re-join the network.
Turn off Wi-Fi networking services
You can try disabling Wi-Fi networking services to see if the problem is fixed. To do this, launch the Settings app on your iPad, then hit Privacy and select Location Services. Now just simply select System Services and turn it off.
Once you are done, turn it back on and then connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network. If nothing changes, then make sure you read on to find out more.
Wi-Fi Assist has been part of Apple iOS since the days of iOS 9. Once you have enabled the feature, your phone automatically switches to the cellular network when you have a poor internet connection. This comes in handy as it helps you stay connected to the internet.
However, Wi-Fi Assist may cause some connectivity issues. Therefore, it’s a good idea to turn it off. To do this, open Settings on your device, then tap on Cellular > Wi-Fi Assist and then turn off the switch.
Restore your iPad and set up as new
If none of the above tips work for you, then the last hope for success is to restore your iPad. Doing so will remove all the content from your iPad, so make sure you have a backup of your iPad before proceeding. Once you are done, your iPad will boot up and display the “Hello” screen.
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