If your iPhone’s wi-fi is greyed out or dim, it might be due to a software problem. Apple usually doesn’t leave bugs that affect lots of users to stick around for too long, so try updating your operating system to see if the issue goes away.
If that doesn’t fix it, reseting all the network settings may help. We’ve seen a few cases where that has solved the problem for people.
1. Go to Settings
The Settings app on an iPhone is a major source of information, features and adjustments to the way your phone works. However, it’s also one of the most difficult apps to locate on an iPhone if you don’t see it listed in Spotlight Search or Today View.
Apple’s phones have faced a number of problems over the years, including a long-standing issue that caused Wi-Fi to appear grayed out or dim. This problem mainly affected the iPhone 4S and is still a big issue for some people, but there are several ways to fix it.
First, try a reboot or soft reset on your device. This will clear out any network cache and allow your phone to re-establish wireless signals.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to update your iPhone software. This can be done from your device itself, or you can use iTunes on a Windows PC or Mac to install the latest version of iOS.
Another solution is to disable a feature that allows your phone to automatically shut off WiFi when you’re asleep. This lets your phone save data if you’re not using Wi-Fi, so it can wake up fully charged and ready to go when you get up in the morning.
Finally, you can also turn off a feature that allows your iPhone to display targeted ads based on your usage habits. This can help you control the amount of personal data that’s collected by Apple, so you can decide which ads are worth seeing and which ones to ignore.
2. Tap on Wi-Fi
You can always use cellular data or a mobile hotspot to get online, but there’s nothing like a stable Wi-Fi connection. If you find that your iPhone’s Wi-Fi toggle is greyed out, there are a few easy fixes that can help you fix it and enjoy a consistent connection.
First, make sure you’re connected to the right network. This can be done by launching the Settings app on your device, and then tapping on Wi-Fi. You’ll then see your current network on the screen.
If you’re having trouble connecting to a particular network, it’s usually best to forget about it and connect to another one instead. This way, you won’t have to worry about reconnecting to it whenever it comes within range.
It’s also worth noting that if you want to share your Wi-Fi password with someone, iOS has an easy way of doing that. This will enable them to scan your QR code with their iPhone, which should automatically connect them to your Wi-Fi network.
This feature can be particularly useful if you have a friend with an iPhone and they want to connect to your WiFi network. They’ll be able to do so with just a tap, and you won’t have to tell them your password.
3. Tap on the network you want to connect to
If your iPhone’s wifi doesn’t work, it’s possible that a hardware issue is the culprit. It could be that the little antenna inside of your iPhone isn’t working properly, or it might be that you’re connecting to a bad network.
In either case, the solution is to fix it. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to resolve the problem.
First, check whether Airplane mode is turned on. If it’s not, try switching it on again and see if that makes any difference.
Second, you may need to reset the network settings on your phone. This will remove any connection information and preferences that you’ve added since you got the phone. This is not something you should do lightly, but it may be the solution for you.
Third, if your phone is password protected, make sure that you have the correct password in place. You can find your Wi-Fi password on the WiFi menu under “Settings” > “Wi-Fi”.
Fourth, you should consider resetting your device’s content, privacy, and screen time restrictions. These settings can affect how apps and websites load on your device.
Fifth, you should forget the network you’re trying to connect to. This will remove any connection information that your iPhone is using to connect to that network.
If all else fails, you might want to consider resetting your iPhone’s factory settings. This will delete any connection information and preferences that you’ve used on your iPhone since it was bought. It’s a quick and painless process, but it’s not something you should do lightly.
4. Tap on the switch next to Wi-Fi
You can switch between the available Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone using the Control Center. This is a great feature that can save you a lot of time.
The most popular way to do this is to launch the Settings app and tap on Wi-Fi, but did you know you can do it right from your Control Center?
Once you’re in the Control Center, simply tap on the switch next to Wi-Fi. This will show you a list of all the networks that are available.
If you want to change between them, just tap and hold on the switch. You can even expand the list and then tap again to reveal a full list of all the Wi-Fi networks you have.
This is another hidden, useful feature that can save you a lot of frustration and help you get back to the things you need to do quickly.
You can also turn on the Private Address option for a Wi-Fi network to improve privacy. It won’t affect how you connect to or use most networks, but it can make you more secure when using public networks.
Lastly, you can even turn on or off the Auto-Join network feature. This will stop your iPhone or iPad from automatically connecting to any Wi-Fi network that you’re already connected to, which can be helpful if you have an issue with Wi-Fi connection speeds.
If you still aren’t getting a reliable wireless signal, try turning off Airplane Mode for a few minutes to clear out your network cache and re-establish the wireless signals. This is an often-recommended solution that can solve a number of issues with Wi-Fi connectivity.
5. Tap on Turn On
If you’re an iPhone X owner, or even someone who owns an older model with a physical home button, you might have noticed that the display can be woken by simply tapping it. This is a handy feature that lets you quickly check notifications, take photos, use widgets on the lock screen, and much more.
However, there’s a problem with this feature that can drain your battery faster than you might expect. This is because the display has to light up to wake up, so every time you tap your phone without thinking you’re wasting a little bit of battery power.
Apple’s support forums were flooded with complaints about this issue back in 2013, and it’s an enduring problem for many users.