Is your Android phone’s Wi-Fi constantly dropping connections? Find out why Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting and what you can do to fix Wi-Fi connection issues on Android.
The Wi-Fi on your Android phone can be disconnected due to several reasons. For example, it could be a random error in the Wi-Fi interface, a conflicting network setting, or an incorrect router setup.
Read on to find out how to troubleshoot and fix Android intermittent wifi disconnects. The instructions below may vary slightly depending on the phone manufacturer and Android version.
1. Turn aircraft on/off
The fastest way to solve unexpected internet connection issues on Android phone is to enter and exit Airplane mode.
To do this, swipe down from the top of the screen to bring it up quick settings Field. Then tap airplane mode Tile, wait a few seconds and tap it again.
2. Check the signal strength
Staying close to the router or access point is the best way to experience uninterrupted WiFi. Make sure the Wi-Fi indicator on your Android phone is at least two-thirds full to avoid random disconnects caused by physical obstacles and wireless interference.
3. Forget the network and add it again
Disconnecting and reconnecting to a wireless network on Android is another quick fix that can fix frequent WiFi disconnects mainly when the problem is only on that network. To do that:
1. Open the settings app and tap Network & Internet > Internet.
2. Tap gear next to the SSID (network name) and tap Forget.
3. Select the wireless connection, enter the Wi-Fi password and tap Connect to belong again.
4. Remove outdated Wi-Fi networks
Too many saved wireless networks on your Android phone is another reason for sudden WiFi disconnections. Go back to the Internet Connections screen and remove any previously connected networks that you no longer need.
5. Reboot the wireless router or modem
Router-side interference tends to cause all sorts of connection problems. If your Android device continues to have trouble staying connected to a particular network, restarting the router usually helps to fix it.
If you can reach the router, locate and press the power button, wait up to 10 seconds, and turn it back on.
6. Reboot the Android phone
If your Android phone disconnects from WiFi regardless of the network, you may be dealing with a faulty wireless interface.
Rebooting the device can make a difference, so hit the perfomance button (some phones require you to press the perfomance and volume up/down keys simultaneously) and tap Start anew.
7. Disable Adaptive WiFi and Adaptive Connections
Some Android phones have a feature called Adaptive Connectivity. It automatically manages your internet connections based on signal strength and other factors to extend battery life. Disabling can prevent accidental Wi-Fi connections.
To do this, open the settings app and tap Network & Internet > Adaptive connectivity. Then toggle the switch next to off Adaptive connectivity.
Another – somewhat similar – feature is Adaptive Wi-Fi. It automatically switches to mobile network data when the Wi-Fi connection is not stable. If you don’t want that, go to settings > Network & Internet > Internet > network settings and disable those Switch to mobile data automatically Possibility.
Analyze and reconfigure your wireless network
If the problem occurs on a private Wi-Fi network, you might want to analyze it and change channels or GHz bands if necessary. For example, if the router is broadcasting on the 2.4GHz band, but the network overlaps with surrounding WiFi hotspots, you may want to use channels 1, 6, and 11, or switch to the 5GHz band.
It involves a three-step process as follows. For detailed instructions, see the linked guides:
1. Analyze your wireless network with a Wi-Fi analyzer like NetSpot.
2. Access your router settings (ideally using a Windows PC or Mac).
3. Find the radio signal frequency options and adjust the band and channel preferences.
8. Update or reset the router firmware
If the problem persists on a private wireless network, you should check to see if your router has a firmware update pending.
To do this, visit your router’s control panel and look for a routers To update tab or option. Then check for an update online or upload the firmware file from the router manufacturer’s website.
If there are no new updates, consider resetting the router to factory settings.
9. Enter Safe Mode
Third-party apps like antivirus scanners, Wi-Fi signal boosters, and VPNs can potentially conflict with the Wi-Fi settings on an Android device. Booting into Safe Mode will help you determine if this is the case.
For example, to enter safe mode on a Google Pixel, press the perfomance and volume up tap and hold the buttons Start anew icon and select OK. Learn how to enter Safe Mode on any Android device.
Safe mode in Android disables all third-party apps. If your phone no longer disconnects from Wi-Fi, go to settings > applications and Uninstall any apps that may interfere with network connectivity during normal use.
After that, exit Safe Mode and reinstall the removed applications one by one until you figure out what is causing the problem.
10. Update your Android
A recent Android update may contain a software fix that may resolve intermittent Wi-Fi connection issues. To check for and install system software updates, scroll down on your Android phone settings menu and tap system > system update.
11. Reset network settings
Reset Android network settings if none of the above fixes help. That should get rid of any hidden connection-related conflicts causing Wi-Fi issues on your phone. Go to settings > system > reset options and type Put Wi-Fi, mobile and Bluetooth > reset settings.
After restoring your phone’s network settings to factory settings, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Internetand manually reconnect to the desired Wi-Fi network.
No more random Wi-Fi disconnects on Android
Wi-Fi disconnects on Android are generally easy to fix. For example, turning Airplane mode on and off, rejoining a problematic network, or restarting your phone should be enough in most cases. If not, taking the time to work through some of the advanced fixes above definitely helps.