Fix iPhone Cellular Data Problems by Resetting Network Settings
Have you ever had an iPhone experience cellular data problems? Maybe the iPhone has an inability to connect to a cellular network, or some other cellular connection issue occurs that makes it unable to send and receive data or even calls.
If an iPhone is experiencing cellular connectivity and cellular data issues or problems, you may be able to resolve your cellular or general network data problems with a relatively simple trick, which is to reset the iPhone Network Settings. This article will show you how to do just that.
This only takes a few seconds and can be done on any iOS device the same way, though our focus here is for the iPhone since it’s cellular capabilities are essential to the hardware functioning properly. Keep in mind that resetting network settings on iPhone will lose any saved wi-fi passwords or customizations to networking, like DNS customizations, so you may need to make those changes and enter wi-fi passwords again afterwards.
How to Reset Network Settings on the iPhone
Resetting network settings applies to iOS in general with all cell capable iPhones, regardless of carrier. That means whether it’s from Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, or whoever else, it’s worth a shot when troubleshooting network difficulties, and it may even fix wi-fi problems too. Here is how you reset network settings in iOS:
- Open “Settings” on the iPhone, then go to “General” followed by “Reset”
- Tap on “Reset Network Settings” and confirm the reset by tapping the giant red button
Most cellular data and networking issues with the iPhone (or 3G/LTE iPads) will now be resolved. Though it’s not necessary, rebooting the iPhone can be helpful in some cases. You can do that just by turning it on and off again through the power button.
This process has the side effect of ditching all passwords to wireless routers and access points, meaning you will have to reenter them when you find those networks again. You may want to make note of any particular crazy wifi keys before doing this.
Prior versions of iOS had the same functionality with an ability to reset network settings too, it just looked slightly differently back when iOS had a different interface theme.
Anyway, this solution worked for me and anytime there are persistent network issues it seems to resolve them. If you’re having problems with your iPhone cellular data connection or any networking oddities, try resetting the network settings yourself, it might just work.
These problems should not happen too often, but they can occur. I love my iPhone but it’s had a share of networking quirks, and one of them is the seemingly random inability to access the cellular data network. I don’t know if this is an mobile provider problem or an iPhone problem, but it’s really annoying to not be able to use 3G/4G / LTE service when I need to. After looking for a solution for the problem, the simple and straightforward fix discussed here is extremely easy to do and often works, so give it a try. Report in the comments below if these resolved your network issues with your iPhone too.