WiFi Disconnecting iOS 16 And iPadOS 16.1 Issue? (Fixed!)

wifi not working ios 16.1

WiFi not working iOS 16.1

WiFi keeps disconnecting on iPhone and iPad after iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 update? Issue is very annoying because it’s occurring frequently and renders the device almost unusable, if there’s no carrier data connection available as a backup?

WiFi Not Working Properly In iOS 16.1?

This problem has been reported by several readers including:

  • Gaedupe (iPhone 13 Pro Max):

    “WiFi keeps on disconnecting after iOS 16.1 update.”

  • Saad (iPhone XS MAx):

    “I’m having the same problem after updating to ios 16.1 on the Xs max
    Wifi keep disconnecting and reconnecting constantly”

  • Sheebu (iPhone 13 Pro Max):

    “…having the same problem and updating the 16.1. its seriously affecting the phone. i cant use internet.”

  • Keith (iPhone 13 Pro Max):

    “Wifi keeps disconnecting. In settings it shows it’s connected (green checkmark) to a network. Exit to main screen, no wifi icon, apps say I’m offline and I should connect to the internet.”

  • Similar issues have been reported for iPads running iPadOS 16.1 too:

    “M1 Pro iPad won’t hold Wi-Fi signal following IPadOS 16.1 update, continual disconnects every 30-40 seconds.”

Conclusion: The WiFi connectivity issues seem to affect a wide range of iPhone and iPad models. In fact, similar problems have been reported since the initial release of iOS 16 and even the early beta testing stages!

How To Fix WiFi Disconnecting In iOS 16

This is definitely a software glitch that has to be fixed by Apple in an upcoming Software Update. Until then, you can use the following workaround:
wifi disconnecting ios 16.1 fix

  • 1. Open Settings and scroll for Privacy & Security.
  • 2. Tap on Location Services (they should be turned ON).
  • 3. Scroll all the way down to System Services.
  • 4. Turn OFF Networking & Wireless.
  • Credits: Thanks Tony for sharing this fix in the comments and Carlo for confirming it!

Workaround for WiFi Disconnecting iOS 16

Norman informs that WiFi disconnects intermittently from 2.4 GHz band but never from the 5 GHz one! Are you experiencing the same?

Tip: Disable the 2.4 Ghz network from your router to force your iPhone to connect to the higher one!
wifi disconnects ios 16 fix
How to: Download your routers app and search for Settings (Wireless Settings -> Network Settings). Disable Radio, or turn Off network, whatever is available!

iOS 16 WiFi Disconnecting Video

We’ve detailed the above fix in the following YouTube video:

Does the fix work for you? Please confirm it in the comments. Also mention your iPhone model. We’re using this thread to report the bug to Apple and it will help them to find a fix faster.

Have you managed to fix WiFi not working, disconnecting in iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: For more iOS 16.1 issues and their available fixes please check our extended review available here.