If you’re like most people, you’re happier than ever if you buy yourself a new smartphone. Let’s say that you’re not yet ready to deal with Apple’s pretentious iOS realm, which means that you’ve still opted for an Android phone to the detriment of an iPhone. Even if the configuration part takes a few minutes before you can properly use the new phone, surely you’re not intimidated by that!
But guess what? From time to time, an Android phone can have trouble connecting to your WiFi network. Even though your router is placed just a few meters away from the phone, the device still doesn’t want to connect in some situations. First of all, you need to understand that the scenario is more common than you might believe and that it’s totally feasible to fix it.
After analyzing how to deal with a mobile network that doesn’t show itself as being available, it’s time to speak about a few possible fixes for the situation when you can’t connect an Android phone to a router. Feel free to try each one at a time and see if the problem has gone away or not:
Check the WiFi signal
Checking the WiFi signal is perhaps the first thing to do when you can’t connect an Android phone to your router. If the router is placed many feet away from your phone, for instance, don’t be surprised if the signal is very poor. Therefore, you won’t be able to achieve an internet connection unless you move much closer to the router.
Electronic devices, walls, as well as other obstructions could interfere with your WiFi signal. You also need to keep in mind that cordless phones, microwave ovens, and other wireless devices can disrupt your WiFi signal. Therefore, the solution is to move such objects aside or pick the right spot for your phone to achieve the connection to the router.
Airplane mode must be off
If you’ve forgotten your phone in airplane mode after that long journey you’ve had by plane, don’t be surprised if you can’t connect the device to a WiFi network. Airplane mode being on will disable all wireless connections, including WiFi.
Check the router’s settings
You need to check the settings of your router to see if everything is ok. To do so, use a web browser and enter the IP address of the router in the address bar. You need to check for any settings related to the security of the WiFi network or access control that might trigger the connectivity problem.
Update the firmware of your router
Connectivity issues could occur in case your router’s firmware is outdated. Therefore, you need to search for the latest available update by accessing the manufacturer’s website and following the instructions that appear there.
Update your phone’s software
Just like in the case of your router, your phone might also go through connectivity issues if its Android operating system doesn’t have the latest update installed and running. Android updates often include fixes for bugs, which means that they could also fix your connectivity problem.
Connect to a different WiFi network
By connecting your phone temporarily to a different WiFi network, such as a public network, you will see if the problem is specific to your home network or not.
As a last resort, you can perform a factory reset on your phone. However, you must keep in mind that such a measure will erase all data that’s present on your smartphone, which means that you need to back up your data before you proceed. Furthermore, it’s still not a 100% guarantee that it will solve your problem.
Tim M. Hill helped bring Digital-Overload from a weekly newsletter to a full-fledged news site by creating a new website and branding. He continues to assist in keeping the site responsive and well organized for the readers. As a writer to Digital-Overload, Tim mainly covers mobile news and gadgets.