It’s pretty annoying if you can’t join a wireless network because a mysterious “Unable to join the network [name]” problem keeps up on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch because so much of the functionality of iOS depends on the internet. This warning might appear when you attempt to join a wifi network automatically or manually:
It’s difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of the wi-fi issue with such a vague error message, but in most circumstances, you can rapidly fix it by following the multistep procedure detailed below:
- Reset network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset.
- Password-protect the device and confirm the reset.
- Allow the iPhone or iPad to restart; a spinning cursor will appear on it as it completes the reset before turning it back on.
- Activate the network once more by returning to Settings > Wi-Fi.
When network settings are reset, saved passwords and configuration information are removed, and the device restarts automatically to (supposedly) clear any remaining cache or preferences. Yes, you will need to input your passwords and other pertinent network information once more.
The iPhone and iPad should now join to the network normally at this stage. After completing the aforementioned procedures, if you’re still having issues, go to the iOS Settings, forget the Wi-Fi network, and then manually join it again. By selecting “Other” from the Wi-Fi menu and inputting the precise router name, network encryption type, and router password, you can manually join networks.
Personal experience has shown that the “unable to join network” error tends to most frequently occur while connecting to specific Wireless N routers, therefore if you have a dual-band router you might just choose the alternative network and avoid the problematic signal. Restarting the router can occasionally be helpful as well, but because not all users have access to it, it’s usually ideal to provide an iOS client-specific fix.
Solution 2: Reboot Your Network Router
If the Wi-Fi modem isn’t functioning effectively, it’s also worth analyzing your router because issues like this are likely to arise. To be sure, try joining another laptop or smartphone to the same network or just restart the router by unplugging the AC adapter and replugging it after a short while.
Solution 3: Reset Network Settings
I’ve done it myself a few times to correct the inability to connect to the Wi-Fi network, and up till this point, Reset Network Settings has never failed to solve Wi-Fi problems. The drawback is that your personal data won’t be impacted, but you’ll lose all of your saved Wi-Fi passwords and other network settings. Resetting network settings is therefore harmless.
Apply for iOS 15 and newer:
1. Click “Settings.”
2. Tap “General” and then “Transfer or Reset iPhone” in step two.
3. Finally, select “Reset.” You may “Reset Network Settings” Enter the passcode for your iPhone, then try again after a restart.
For iOS versions 14 and earlier:
- the Settings app, then.
- Press General.
- To access the Reset, scroll below.
- Select Reset Network Settings after that.
- Confirm the reset by entering the iPhone passcode.
- Return to the WiFi settings by selecting Settings > WiFi > Search, then locate and select the WiFi network you want to join. Join by entering your correct WiFi password.
Solution 4: Manually Add Network
Manually adding a Network requires manually entering the SSID into the Wi-Fi network. Here is a step-by-step instruction on how to manually add the Wi-Fi network on an iPhone
- Start the Settings App.
- Click Wi-Fi.
- Under NETWORKS, look for the Other option.
- Give the Wi-Fi network a name.
- Choose Security.
- select safety (like WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc)
- Enter the password right now.
- Engage the network.