Troubleshooting iPad Wi-Fi Problems

Even I you have cellular data service for your iPad; the Wi-Fi connection is going to be your main vessel to the Internet.  Many users are purchasing the Wi-Fi only iPads because of the prevalence of Wi-Fi availability and the high cost of cellular data plans.  Even if you already do have a data enabled iPad, you may find that since you have such low available data that it makes sense to prioritize Wi-Fi when in locations of strong and safe connections.  But what if there are issues occurring with your Wi-Fi features?  Here is a look at a few ways to figuring out how to fix Wi-Fi problems on the iPad.

The primary thing that you need to do is to identify what the problem looks like.  If you are connected to a network, yet have lost service, then it could very well be a problem with the network and not with your iPad’s Wi-Fi feature.  Go to another device that can access the same network and check its connectivity, such as your iPhone on Wi-Fi only.  You can then do things like refresh the router and modem, deal with technical support from your ISP, or manage a different network.

When you are working with your iPad you are going to be connecting to available networks through the standard Wi-Fi function.  You may be asked to join networks as they become available, but to actually choose between them you have to go to this section in the iPad settings.  Once in Settings go down to Wi-Fi, which will be the second option down from the top under Airplane Mode.  It is here that you will be prepared to figure out how to fix Wi-Fi problems on the iPad that are coming from relatively simple sources.

First, you need to make sure that the Wi-Fi switch at the top is set to On.  If it is not then you will not be connected to the Internet, nor will you be able to see any available networks.  Once it is on you will see a list of networks in your area, and you need to choose the one that is managed by you or you have the permission to use.  Once you select it then you will be prompted with a password request, as long as the password is required.   This is again a place for iPad Wi-Fi troubleshooting since difficulty connecting to the network may simply be an issue of an incorrect password or even casually selecting the wrong Wi-Fi signal.


At the bottom is a switch that says “Ask to Join Networks.”  This is going to be a great way to know that there are available networks in an area and to be reminded that you must connect.  This will also govern the tool that allows you to connect to known networks automatically, which is one of the most important features.  If you are entering a known area, such as work or home, and not connecting automatically, then you should return to the Wi-Fi Networks screen and turn this switch on so that you will automatically connect.  This is especially true of cellular data iPads since it will turn away from the plan data and allows you to simply turn over to Wi-Fi when in stable locations.

A lot of issues with Wi-Fi will come from other iPad settings problems that are a relatively quick fix.  If you are not receiving an option to connect to networks then you may have accidentally turned on Airplane Mode, which will shut off the Wi-Fi switch.  You can then choose to either turn off Airplane Mode or to turn on the Wi-Fi switch, allowing it to continue regular features.

If you do not see the network that you want to connect to your can troubleshoot your iPad’s Wi-Fi options by going to Other Network at the bottom of the list.  This will allow you to search for the network you are trying to connect to by name, including the security option that is relevant.  This may end up finding the network that you had been prioritizing, though it is a good indication that the network is unavailable or too far away if it is not immediately found by your iPad.


One of the common iPad Wi-Fi problems comes from the very tool that allows for automatic connections.  Often times a new network will dominate an old one, such as finding a better connection in the same location as an older connection you were using.  The problem is then that the iPad will automatically connect to the old one, which may be broadcasting a weaker signal or no signal at all.  If you want into a location and then begin use and notice the Internet as slower than usual, you may wan to return to Wi-Fi Networks to confirm what Wi-Fi signal you have been connected to.

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