Today we are starting a series of completely new tutorials where we will solve the most common Android problems. I guess you mainly use your Android tablet to browse the web, watch YouTube videos and play some games. That’s what your device has been designed for, after all.
If, for some reason, your Android tablet cannot connect to Wi-Fi, you simply feel cut-off from the outside world. You cannot use it the way you always do. Don’t panic. I understand you better than you think!
In this tutorial we will deal with the most popular problem of all – our Android tablet not connecting to Wi-Fi – and offer a few possible solutions.
Why Your Android Tablet Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi
There can really be tons of reasons why your Android tablet won’t connect to Wi-Fi. However, I know from my own experience that most of the times these reasons are horribly trivial and you can fix this problem within seconds.
Here are the most common reasons why your Android tablet may have problems connecting to Wi-Fi and possible fixes:
Wi-Fi is turned off.
You won’t believe how many people went nuts about their tablets not connecting to the Internet simply because they forgot to turn Wi-Fi on. It’s so easy and quick to turn Wi-Fi on and off that you may not even realize whether the feature is currently enabled or not.
Here is what you need to do to make sure that Wi-Fi is actually turned on and working properly:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings. Depending on the version of Android your tablet is running, it may differ a bit. However, generally all the enabled features will be in different color, so Wi-Fi turned on will be green on my tablet (as opposed to grey).
- If you are still unsure if Wi-Fi is on, go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Again, check if the feature has been enabled and if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. If yes, it should look something like the screenshot below.
- If you cannot see Connected below any Wi-Fi network (but you see the list of networks) it simply means that Wi-Fi is turned on but you are not connected to any network. All you need to do is tap on the network of your choice and connect to it. In the case of a secured network, you will also have to enter its password.
Wi-Fi is ON but you are not connected to any network.
Of course, only turning Wi-Fi on is not enough for you to be able to access the Internet. You also need to choose the network to which you want to connect and actually connect to it.
Your Android tablet will connect to a Wi-Fi network automatically only if it has previously been connected to it (and remembers this network). What do you need to do then?
- Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the network you want to connect to.
- Enter the password (in the case of a secured network).
- If everything is OK, the status of the network will be changed to Connected within seconds.
You entered the wrong password for the Wi-Fi network you want to connect.
Another very popular reason why an Android tablet won’t connect to Wi-Fi is that it remembers the wrong password for the network and thus unsuccessfully tries to connect to it.
You wanted to connect to some network, you entered the wrong password but your Android tablet still remembers it. If this is the case, what do you need to do?
- Take a look and what kind of error your Android tablet is experiencing. Turn Wi-Fi on and see what happens when your tablet tries to connect to a network. If it remembers wrong credentials, you will see the notification saying that Authentication failed. Just take a look at the screenshot below.
- What you need to do to enter the new and working password is tap on the desired network and then click on Forget.
- You can now tap on the network again and enter its password (the correct one) again. If you type it correctly, the status of the network will quickly change to Connected.
- If your Android tablet is connected to a Wi-Fi network, you will see its icon in the top bar near the
Your Wi-Fi network is not within range.
Your Android tablet will connect to the network it remembers only if it’s within range. If the network is not available, your tablet will forever be scanning for the available networks and notify you if it finds any open network (if the Wi-Fi feature has been turned on).
How do you check if the network is within range?
- Quite similarly! You need to go to Settings > Wi-Fi and take a look to the list of available networks. Your Wi-Fi network should be discoverable and present there. If it isn’t, it means your Android tablet is out of its range.
- Your Wi-Fi network may not be within range for many reasons. The most common reason is that you are too far from the router (you probably won’t be able to connect to your home Wi-Fi from a distance farther than 30-50 meters). Your Wi-Fi network may also be out of range simply because you switched your router off.
There is the problem with the Wi-Fi network you are connected to.
One of the most irritating problems is when everything seems to be working OK, but… you are still OFFLINE. The Wi-Fi feature is enabled in your Android tablet and you are connected to your Wi-Fi network, but you cannot access any website or post to Facebook.
This is usually the situation when your Android tablet isn’t to blame, but there is probably some problem with the network you are trying to connect to (e.g. your router cannot access the Internet). In this case, the only thing you can do is contact your ISP and ask what is happening.
Software problem of your Android tablet.
I know from my own experience that the weirdest things and errors can occur if there is some software problem with your device. There are basically only three things you can do to solve any software-related problems (in the order in which you should do them):
- Restart your misbehaving Android tablet. A simple restart may sometimes perform miracles, really. To restart your device, simply hold the power button for several seconds and tap Restart.
- Make sure your device is up to date. There may be some bugs in the software which can be fixed if you update your device. What you should do next is go to Settings > About > Software update and tap on Update. Your Android tablet will check for updates. If it finds any updates, install them.
- Restore factory settings. If simply restarting or updating your device doesn’t solve the problem, the next step is usually to reset your device. To do that, go to Settings > Backup and reset and choose Factory data reset. Your tablet will warn you that all the data will be erased. To confirm your choice, tap Reset device.
Did you solve the Wi-Fi problem with your Android tablet? Is everything working OK now? Did the article help you? Let me know!
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