iOS 8 Wi-Fi Connection Problems? They Are Probably Simple to Fix
The iOS 8 update went smoothly for most users, but like every software update there are sometimes bothers, hangups, and difficulties that arise for a subset of users. One frustrating issue that is impacting some iPhone and iPad users are recurrent wireless connection difficulties post iOS 8 installation. Since these devices are so reliant on the internet for their functionality, that can obviously be an extreme annoyance.
If you updated to iOS 8 and started experiencing some peculiar wi-fi issues, typically manifesting as an inability to join wireless networks, sluggish connections from an iPhone or iPad to a certain router, or even outright dropping the connection to the wi-fi router completely, the following solutions could resolve the problem.
Before Beginning, Update to the Newest iOS
Before anything else, make sure you are on the latest version of iOS 8, if you’re on an older version you may have a wireless networking bug that is impacting your ability to connect to wi-fi networks. For example, iOS 8.1 has considerably fewer wi-fi connectivity complaints than iOS 8, so always update to the newest iOS first. Back up your iPhone or iPad, then go to the “Settings” app > ‘General’ > “Software Update” to see if you have an iOS update available on your device.
1: Reset iOS 8 Networking Settings
Resetting network settings is often the be-all-end-all advice for resolving many network performance issues and wi-fi related problems that pop up with iOS. The reason is quite simple; it dumps all settings, caches, DHCP info, and any other settings or custom data that has been set on the iPhone or iPad.
To reset your iOS 8 Network Settings, visit the Settings app, head to “General”, then to “Reset” and choose “Reset Network Settings”.
This will force the device to reboot, and it also dumps any wi-fi passwords you have stored, so be ready to enter those again. This should always be this first thing you do any time you experience networking related issues with an iOS device – it works fairly reliably.
2: Disable a Wi-Fi System Service Setting
If resetting network settings did nothing for you, you may want to experiment with toggling off a wi-fi system setting. MacRumors reports that some users have had a positive impact by disabling this setting, though it’s not entirely clear what exactly this specific setting controls (it is possible it’s a wi-fi based geolocation service, hence why it’s in Location Services settings).
Head to the Settings app, go to “Privacy” and then to “Location Services”, where at the bottom you will find “System Services”, then flip the switch to disable Wi-Fi Networking. This does NOT turn off wireless networking in iOS.
Then try and join the network again, some users report this to be a success.
3 Bonus Tips for Troubleshooting iOS 8 Wireless Connection Problems
Here are some additional tips that may help resolve some of the iOS 8 wireless problems:
- Setting custom DNS directly in iOS can sometimes help for sluggish wireless connections, Google’s DNS service is particularly speedy with lookups for many users
- Change the routers Wi-Fi broadcast from an N network to a G network, or from 2.4GHz to 5GHz – this is dependent on your individual router hardware
- Doing a complete restore and fresh reinstall of iOS 8 may also be beneficial – just be sure to backup before attempting that
Keep in mind that if there is a legitimate software problem with iOS 8 that somehow skipped notice during the beta test period, Apple is likely to address it with an iOS 8 update, perhaps as version iOS 8.2 or otherwise. As of now there is no indication that it’s a widespread issue however, so try the above tricks first, you’ll probably be good to go.
If you found another solution to any particular iOS 8 wireless connection issues, let us know in the comments!