With the release of iOS 6, Apple brought a series of features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that many users were looking forward to. However, it also brought along a few issues, like the complete removal of Google Maps (Which thankfully are back. Here are some tips for making the most out of them btw), the removal of YouTube and more. One of the most understated (but very real) problems that this new release of iOS brought however, was that the Wi-Fi connection of the devices of many iOS owners turned unstable.
For Android users: We’ve already written about fixing Android Wi-Fi issues, so do take a look if you own or know someone who owns an Android phone. It’s worth a bookmark.
In the past few days Apple released a few fixes for iOS devices owners that were supposed to solve this, yet some users keep reporting issues with the Wi-Fi connection of their iPhones, iPads and iPods under iOS 6.
If you are one of the users affected with these connection issues, here are a few tips that can help you fix them.
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Check Your Wi-Fi Router
Before starting with our tips, make sure to verify your Wi-Fi router for possible failures and restart it if necessary. Sometimes you will be surprised by what turning your Wi-Fi router off for 30 seconds and then restarting it will achieve.
Additionally, make sure to have your Wi-Fi router plugged to a surge protector, since even small power surges can cause any unprotected router to become corrupted and perform erratically.
Forget a Wi-Fi Network and Join It Again
If you have been connected to your Wi-Fi network for a long period of time, forgetting it and then joining it back again can solve a series of issues and get rid of any corrupt settings.
To do it, from your iPhone’s home screen head to Settings > Wi-Fi. Once there, tap the blue arrow next to the Wi-Fi network you are connected to.
This will take you to your Wi-Fi network’s advanced settings. At the top of this screen, tap where it says Forget this Network and then confirm your choice (don’t forget to have your Wi-Fi network’s password at hand).
Once your iOS device’s forgets the Wi-Fi network, head back to the previous screen and tap on it. Enter its password when prompted and your iPhone will now join it again.
Reset Your iOS Device Network Settings
Follow this route only if you have tried forgetting your Wi-Fi network and not solved your Wi-Fi issues even after joining it again. Resetting your Wi-Fi network settings will cause you to lose any existing network settings, so you will have to re-enter all your login credentials for every Wi-Fi network that you usually connect to.
To reset you Wi-Fi network settings, open Settings from your home screen and head to General this time. Once there, scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and tap on Reset.
On the next screen you will be presented with many options that you can choose from. Tap on Reset Network Settings. If your iPhone has a password, you will be prompted to enter it. otherwise, you will just have to confirm your choice by tapping the red Reset Network Settings button.
There you have it. A few different ways to help you solve any Wi-Fi issues that you might be facing with iOS 6. You can always restore your iPhone or take it to repair, but in most cases what you learned above will suffice. Let us know in the comments if you have been facing some Wi-Fi issues after upgrading to iOS 6 and how did you solved them.