Reset Network to Fix WiFi Issues on iPhone 5, iOS 6.0 / 6.0.1 Firmware

By Sidharth | Apple

iOS 6 WiFi issues fixed

While Apple is busy fighting and losing lawsuits, improving iOS 6.1 firmware (buying movie tickets is easier on this firmware), and clandestinely working on the next-generation devices, we have users — unhappy users — on the other hand shouting their lungs out due to the seemingly endless issues with WiFi connection.

Unfortunately, network problem is now common on iOS devices running iOS 6.0 and iOS 6.0.1 firmware. We have covered some of the painful stories and common problems with WiFi & iOS 6, but looking at the comments on that article we believe the problem can be fixed.

Both Jeremy and Nick were able to fix the WiFi issue on their iPhone 5. I am not entirely sure if this solution will work on other iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, but you should give it a shot.

Here’s how Nick was finally able to connect to WiFi:

I found how to fix WiFi problems on iPhone 5. Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network settings. Then go back and connect to any WiFi.

And Jeremy elaborates further:

I had the same issue with my new iPhone 5 and contacted Apple Tech support. They were able to solve the problem. What you need to do is go into Settings, then click General, then scroll to the bottom of the General screen and click on Reset, you will need to select Reset Network Settings.

This will Reset your phone, it will show the Apple icon and reset your network settings. Once it comes back on, go back into Settings and click on WiFi. Turn your WiFi off for 5-10 seconds, then turn it on and try to connect to your network. Once I did that it worked fine. Hope this helps.

Our previous post also had a couple of solutions, which we are posting here:

I had the exact same problem today… no access to WiFi, greyed out etc. I restarted my modem /router and BAM… it is working.

I found that having IPv6 disabled on my router (which it was) prevented any of my iOS devices from working. As soon as I enabled IPv6, everything started working again.

Your comments are precious to us — that’s the reason we post articles here. If you were able to fix the WiFi issues simply by resetting the network, great! Thank these guys! If there’s any other solution you have come across, feel free to let us know.

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(5) comments

Susan Longridge November 26, 2012

I have reset my network settings as described ony iPhone 5. It works for awhile then acts up. Even on cellular I have connection issues. My husband has the 3GS and side by side, he connects faster every time. I usually time out before I connect. It’s ok for a bit then just random. Doesn’t always connect to wifi when I’m home like my iPhone 4 did and my husbands 3GS. It’s very irritating. The update didn’t fix the problem. I’m with AT&T.

BP November 23, 2012

Reset (unplugged) my netgear 3500v2 and rebooted the iPhone 5. Prior speed tests were around 0.3 Mbps download and 0.01 Mbps upload (side-by-side less than 10% of other devices tested). Now, 10+ Mbps and 2+ Mbps. Shall see if it deteriorates over time . . . .

Bill November 18, 2012

It worked!!! I searched the Internet for over an hour. Apple forums was useless.

The solution you reposted: Settings / General / Reset / Network Connections got me my
Wifi connection.

Bless you!

iPhone 4S running iOs 6.01

Jerry November 8, 2012

Check with Jeremy and Nick in 24 hours and ask if the fix is still working. Bet it’s not.
I’ve I’ve reset/restored/reloaded, turned proxy on and off, removed all apps, changed DNS, set static IP, put the ipad in the freezer, removed the case,held the ipad inches from the router (which I’ve reset/restored/updated/etc,etc).
All that happens is I get partial wifi access for a couple of hours then it deteriorates again.
Before ios 6 and 6.01, I had 35mbps dl and 12mbps ul from my work router. Now, after all the reset garbage, I get maybe 5mbps dl and 0.1 mbps ul, which I guess means it’s “fixed” . Then after awhile that goes to 0.5 mbps dl and 0.01 mbps ul, along with frequent disconects. SO, i power down, let it sit a few hours, and restart to get back to a marginal connection until it fails again.
I’m tired of all the “Here’s how to fix it” articles and suggestions, I don’t want to fix it, I want Apple to fix it!
My ipad is still under warranty, so when I get to the apple store, if Apple has not pushed a real fix, it goes back for refund.

Austintherockstar November 8, 2012

This corrected my problem immediately! I’m running myiPhone5 on IOS 6.0.1 and the wifi is now corrected. thanks!

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