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Why Won’t My Laptop Connect to Wifi?

Why Won’t My Laptop Connect to Wifi

Going wireless has been a defining feature of the last decade. According to Statista, there are over 22 billion devices connected through WiFi. WiFi has become one of the most fundamental requirements for using the internet and accessing various websites today.

But, when our laptop loses connection to WiFi, it can be incredibly frustrating as most tasks depend on the internet.

So what can you do if your laptop won’t connect to WiFi?

5 Methods to Fix WiFi Connectivity Issues on your Laptop

If your laptop isn’t connecting to WiFi, you can try the following five solutions to try and fix the problem.

1. Ensure your WiFi Toggle is on and Connected

This might seem pretty obvious but it’s surprising how many people forget to turn on their WiFi. Make sure your wireless settings are turned on by checking for the WiFi signal on your laptop taskbar confirming if it’s switched on and connected to your WiFi Network. If it isn’t, then you can reconnect to your wireless network after you’ve turned on the WiFi.

2. Restart your Devices

If your WiFi settings are on and you still are unable to connect, then the best course of action to take next will be to reboot your router and laptop. You can easily restart your laptop by selecting “Restart” from the power options on the “Start” menu.

Additionally, you’ll want to restart your router which can be done quickly as well. Some routers may have a power button on them, while others will simply require you to unplug the device from its power connection. Wait ten seconds before plugging the router back in. The router will take a minute or two to boot back up and establish its connections so give it some time after you plug it in.

3. Troubleshoot your Internet Connection

If none of the above steps worked the next thing you should do is to troubleshoot your Network Connection. To do this, you will need to click “Start” on your laptop Taskbar, then select the “Settings” option and click on “Update and Security”.

From the options that you will see, click “Troubleshoot” and select “Network and Internet”, then “Internet Connections” from the drop-down menu. From there, you need to go to the Advanced tab and select “Run the troubleshooter”.

Let the troubleshooting procedure run its course and examine the outcomes. If the automated troubleshooter discovers any issues, further information about them and what to do next will be presented. If any measures are recommended, follow them and attempt reconnecting to the internet once more.

4. Uninstall and reinstall Wi-Fi drivers

The issue might also be with WiFi drivers, which get obsolete and must be manually reinstalled. To do this quickly and easily click on the start button on your laptop, and search for the
Control Panel”. Run the app and search for “Device Manager”.

If you couldn’t find it this way, you can use Cortana to access Device Manager directly: click Cortana and use the voice command option to input Device Manager directly. Once you’ve got access to the Device Manager, double-click Network Adapters and then right-click on WiFi driver and select uninstall from the list that appears.  After that, restart your laptop to verify if it connects to WiFi.

5. Get a New IP Address

If you still can’t connect to your WiFi after you’ve tried all of the above solutions, it’s possible that your IP address is conflicting with another or it’s just having issues. You can change your IP address by following the steps below.

  • On your keyboard, hold the Windows logo key down, then push the R key. The Run box will appear on your screen as a result of this.
  • When the run box opens, type out the letters cmd and click enter. This will cause a black window to appear on your screen
  • On the window, type ipconfig/release and hit Enter. After that, wait for the command to do its task.
  • After this command has finished its work, type ipconfig/renew and press Enter.

Wait for a few minutes and you should be able to connect to your WiFi easily. However, if you still can’t connect to your WiFi networks after following all the steps above carefully, it might be time to seek out a professional to help you take a look at the issue.

As a lifelong gamer and computer enthusiast, I enjoy getting the most out of my hardware, peripherals, and games. Research is just a part of the process, and I love to share what I learn. You can find me raiding in any of the popular MMOs, or building intricate processes in games like Factorio or Satisfactory. And if I'm not online then I'm probably fixing or modifying my PC for the thousandth time.

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