Where to Start If Your iPad Keeps Dropping Wi-Fi

  1. Published on Jun 20, 2022
  2. Updated on Jun 20, 2022
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Are you trying to connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network, but you just can’t get it to remain connected?

This can be quite a problem if you consider that almost all iPad functions require the device to be connected to a Wi-Fi network.

While there are a lot of reasons why your iPad may be dropping Wi-Fi connection, here will be sharing with you the best way to troubleshoot this problem.

But before we begin, let’s find out the reasons why your iPad keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi.

Why Does Your iPad Keeping Dropping Wi-Fi

It can be very difficult to figure out why your iPad just won’t remain connected to a Wi-Fi network. But the following are the most common causes;

  • A software-related problem such as an issue with the iOS settings, glitches in the system, and even bugs can affect connectivity.
  • There may also be a problem with your Wi-Fi router
  • Problems with the Internet Service Provider’s infrastructure could also be the main cause.

Step-by-Step Guide to Solve iPad Wi-Fi Dropping Issues

The following are initial steps that you can take if you find that your iPad is unable to connect to a Wi-Fi network;

Ensure the iPad Is Within Range

First, make sure that the iPad is within range of the Wi-Fi network that you are trying to connect to.

It can be difficult to keep the device connected to the network if it is even just a few steps out of range. The further away the iPad is from the network range, the weaker the connection will be.

Connect Your iPad to Another Network

It is also possible that your device is simply trying to connect to a network that simply doesn’t work.

You may therefore want to try connecting the device to another nearby network to see if the issue is the network you’re trying to connect to.

Toogle Wi-Fi On and Off

Toggling Wi-Fi off and then on again may fix whatever issue is causing the problem and allow the device to connect to the network. You can do that in the Control Center or the Settings.

Forget the Network and Reconnect to It

Your iPad saves all information related to the network you are connecting to the first time you connect to. If any of this information changes, you may have trouble connecting to that network.

The easiest way to check for these changes is to forget the network and reconnect to it. You can do that in the Wi-Fi settings.

Restart Your iPad and Wi-Fi Router

Restarting the iPad and router will refresh both devices and remove any bugs that could interfere with the system.

Reset Network Settings on Your iPad

Resetting the network settings will reset all Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, VPN, and APN settings to their defaults, essentially allowing you to start all over again.

Let’s see how you can complete the troubleshooting steps above in greater detail;

Restart Your iPad

Restarting your iPad works because it forces all apps and services running on the device to stop. When the device restarts, these services are reconnected and reactivated again.

To restart your iPad, press and hold the Power button until you see the “Slide to Power Off” slider appear on the screen.

Drag the slider to turn off the device, then press and hold the Power button again until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Update the iPadOS

Updating your iPad to the latest version of iOS is one of the best ways to make sure that your device is functioning at optimal levels.

Under normal circumstances, you can easily update the app from the settings, but since this requires a Wi-Fi connection and you are unable to get the app to connect to Wi-Fi, the best option is to update the device via iTunes.

To do that, connect the device to your computer and open iTunes. When the iPad appears in iTunes, click on it and then click “Check for Update”. If an update is available, click on “Download and Update” and wait while iTunes updates the device.

Reset the Network Settings on iPad

As we have already seen resetting the network settings will return all the network settings on the device to the defaults. This process will not affect any of the data on your device, but you will need to sign in to your Wi-Fi networks again.

To reset the network settings on your device, go to “Settings > General > Reset and choose “Reset Network Settings.” When the device restarts, reconnect to the Wi-Fi network to see if the issue has been resolved.

Check Your Wireless Router

Sometimes the problem is not with the iPad, but with the router. The best way to check if the router may be problematic is to try connecting other devices to the same network.

If you are having trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi network with any other wireless device, then the problem may be the router.

In this case, your best bet is to restart the router. The process of restarting your router will resolve any connection errors and glitches that could be affecting its function.

If a simple restart doesn’t work, then you may need to reset the router to its factory settings. You can find the instructions for your particular router on the manufacturer’s website.

Is Your iPad Still Dropping Wi-Fi?

If your iPad still won’t connect to Wi-Fi even after trying all the solutions above, then it may be time to contact your internet service provider to make sure the problem is not with them.

It is possible that they could be carrying out system maintenance that can cause service outages and they will usually tell you if this is the case.

If your internet service provider assures you there is nothing wrong with the network, then you need to contact Apple Support as they may be something wrong with the iPad.

Apple can help you get to the bottom of the problem and get your device connecting to Wi-Fi easily.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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