MacOS Ventura has been around for months, offering a significant update over its predecessor, including a new multitasking experience called Stage Manager, redesigned Mail and Messages apps, and a new Weather app.
Apple’s latest software update includes bugs and glitches. In fact, some Mac users are reporting Wi-Fi connection issues and other connectivity problems after updating to macOS Ventura. If you are one of those affected users, you are not alone.
According to multiple reports, the problems range from slow wi-Fi connections, Wi-Fi suddenly disconnecting to internet connectivity not working.
This tutorial will include all the possible troubleshooting steps for Wi-Fi and Internet connection problems in macOS Ventura.
One of the most straightforward fixes for any macOS problems is to restart your Mac. A restart should clear your Mac’s memory and fix your connectivity issues.
To restart a Mac, click the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen, then select Restart. If you want apps and documents to reopen after the restart, check the box next to the Reopen windows when logging back in option
How to Fix Wifi & Internet Connection Problems in macOS Ventura
Before we proceed with the troubleshooting steps, make sure you have a backup of your macOS.
Method 1: Disable Any 3rd Party Firewall or Antivirus
An Apple Mac has powerful built-in features that can fight malware or viruses. However, if you now rely on a third-party firewall or antivirus, try disabling it to see if the problem is fixed.
Some third-party firewall, antivirus, or network filtering tools like Kaspersky, McAfee, LuLu, or Little Snitch may not be updated to support macOS Ventura. Here is how to disable any of them.
Step 1: Click on the Apple menu and select System Settings.
Step 2: Select Network and choose VPN & Filters.
Step 3: Under the “Filters & Proxies” section, you should see all your content filters.
Step 4: Click the minus button or change the status to “Disabled”
Step 5: Now restart your Mac for the change to take effect. Once your Mac finishes booting up, check if the problem is dealt with.
Method 2: Remove Your Current Wi-Fi Preferences
If the problem is still there, try removing current Wi-Fi preferences and setting up Wi-Fi from scratch. Doing so will remove all your current preferences, meaning you will have to reconfigure your connectivity again.
Step 1: Turn off WiFi on your Mac and then launch Finder.
Step 2: Select the “Go” menu and choose “Go To Folder”.
Step 3: Now enter the following file system path.
Step 4: Hit the Return button and locate the following files.
Step 5: Now drag those files to your Mac’s desktop and restart your Mac.
Step 6: Once your Mac finishes booting up, go back to the Wi-Fi menu and turn on Wi-Fi.
Step 7: Connect to your preferred Wi-Fi network and check if the problem is gone.
Method 3: Use Wi-Fi in Safe Mode
If you are still experiencing Wi-Fi issues, try booting your Mac into safe mode and use Wi-Fi there. While in Safe mode, all of your login items will be disabled. Here is how to put your Mac into Safe mode.
Note that the steps to start a Mac into Safe mode is different between Intel and M1/2 Macs.
- For Intel Macs, reboot your Mac and hold down the Shift key until you login to your Mac.
- For Macs with M1/2 chips, turn off your Mac, then wait for 10 seconds, and press and hold the Power button until the Options screen appears. After that, keep the Shift key pressed and choose “Continue in Safe Mode” to boot your Mac into Safe mode. To exit Safe mode, restart your Mac.
Once your Mac is in Safe mode, try using Wi-Fi or Internet. If it works in Safe mode but not in regular mode, there could be something wrong with your third-party apps or configurations. In that case, try disabling all current preferences or filters (mentioned in the method 2).
Method 4: Remove Wi-Fi Profile on Mac’ s Network Settings
If the problem persists, try removing your Wi-Fi profile on your Mac’s network settings. Here are the steps on macOS Monterey.
Step 1: Click on the Apple logo and select System Preferences.
Step 2: Select Network > Wi-Fi option.
Step 3: Select the Wi-Fi network and hit “-“.
Step 4: Restart your Mac and reconnect to your preferred network.
To add a new profile, click on “+”, then select WiFi from the list and enter a name for your WiFi > Create.
Step 1: Now hit the Advanced button and select TCP/IP Tab.
Step 2: Click on the Renew DHCP Lease button.
Step 3: Select the DNS tab and hit the Plus sign to add a new Google IP address (126.96.36.199) and click on the Plus sign to add a second IP (188.8.131.52).
Step 4: Select the Hardware tab, then select “Manually” from the Configure section and Custom from the MTU section.
Step 5: Enter 1453 and click OK to save the changes.
On macOS Ventura.
Step 1: Click on the Apple menu > System Settings.
Step 2: Click on Network > WiFi and click on the i button next to the WiFi name
Step 3: Now hit the Delete Service and click on Delete.
Step 4: Click on Add Service > Add Service.
Step 5: Select WiFi from Interface and Wi-Fi name to add a new WiFi profile.
Step 6: Now click on the i button next to the WiFi name and then click on Make Active > OK.
Step 7: Click on the Wi-Fi option at the top right corner of the desktop and turn on the switch.
Step 8: Restart your Mac and connect to your Wi-Fi network again.
Also read: How to Install macOS Ventura on UnSupported Macs.