How to Set Manual DHCP and a Static IP Address on an iPad or iPhone

May 19, 2012 - 9 Comments


Certain Wi-Fi networks require clients to use static IP addresses or manual DHCP information in order for a device to connect properly to that network. Adjusting the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to use a static IP address or manual DHCP settings is easy in iOS, here’s how you can do it with any version of iOS software.

How to Set a Static IP Address & Manual DHCP in iOS

  1. Tap on “Settings” and then tap on “General”
  2. Tap “Wi-Fi” and look for the network name you are connected to, then choose the little (i) button or arrow arrow next to it to get more information about that network
  3. Get more info about the wi-fi network

  4. Tap the “Static” tab
  5. The “Static” section is where you enter network appropriate DHCP info and static IP address information
  6. On iPhone and iPod touch, manual network settings look like this:
    Setting manual networking information in iOS Settings

    On an iPad the static IP network information looks like this:
    Setting manual DHCP information and static IP address in iOS

  7. Close out of Settings, and launch Safari or another network app to confirm connectivity

Settings are applied automatically after all the information is typed in, if you need an easy to remember DNS try using Google’s server, which is fast, efficient, and has very high reliability.

I’ve had to set manual DHCP information in order to connect iPads to certain older Wi-Fi networks on more than one occasion, something I’ve encountered in Mac OS X Lion before as well.

This makes setting a static IP a fairly reliable network troubleshooting trick when certain iOS devices are having problems with very specific routers and networks, since sometimes the problem is either a conflict with another IP, or just an issue with how certain router firmware behaves with iOS.

The screenshot above demonstrates this used on an iPad and on an iPhone, but the method is the same on any iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch as well, and the settings are universal for all versions of iOS.

Finally, if you’re assigning manual network IP information an you need to set a static IP address on a Mac, you can do that too quite easily.

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Posted by: William Pearson in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Will P says:

    I’ve had issues in the past with ‘DHCP with manual address’ configuration using my AT&T U-verse router as the DHCP server. When the DHCP lease expired, iOS and Mac OS clients set to ‘DHCP with manual address’ completely lost the ability to route, by name or IP. I would avoid ‘DHCP with manual address’ configuration if you use your AT&T U-verse router as your DHCP server.

  2. Michael says:

    Can I set up several WiFi networks SSIDs with static IP data on the iPhone and remember them for later use?

  3. jarod says:

    Static worked perfectly!

  4. Shane B says:

    set the DNS to the router ( in the example) may well be faster than googles

  5. […] IP address from a router that any iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device is connected to, you can either set a manual IP address or, what’s likely more relevant to most people, you’ll want to renew the DHCP lease […]

  6. […] to the same wireless network router, be sure no IP conflicts exist. If an IP conflict is found, use manual DHCP and set a static IP far out of the conflict […]

  7. Leyu says:

    Le lov

  8. George says:

    My iPhone 6 stopped connecting to the internet today. Up ’till now, it connected automatically. When I manually select the my network, it asks for my password. When I enter it, I get an incorrect password message. My other cell phone, my iPad, and desk top computer are all connected as normal. I followed your set up instructions, and it did not connect automatically, and manually, I still get the password problem. When I open static again, all the info I put in is gone. how do I save this info.


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