Having Wi-Fi problems with iOS 8 – iOS 8.4.1? Here’s how to fix it

BY Jason

Published 30 Sep 2014

iOS 8 comes with a ton of new features and improvements, but sadly, it also is very buggy, and has a lot of issues. One of the issues people are facing after updating their iPhone or iPad to iOS 8 is Wi-Fi connectivity problems. Here are a few tips to fix these problems.

These issues being reported include not being able to connect to a Wi-Fi network, dropping connection intermittently or speeds being extremely slow.

Update to latest iOS version

Apple has released several software updates after the iOS 8 update, which resolves issue with Wi-Fi performance. If you haven’t already, then you can try installing the latest update to see if it resolves the issue. According to iOS 8.3 release notes, it includes several Wi-Fi related bug fixes.

If it doesn’t help, then try the solutions mentioned below.

Disable Wi-Fi Networking Services

Many users have reported that they’ve solved their issues by disabling Wi-Fi Networking under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. This only relates to your location being used for Wi-Fi Networking, so it doesn’t disable Wi-Fi entirely.

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Reset Network Settings

Most networking related issues I’ve experienced have been fixed after resetting network settings. Resetting these settings flushes caches and clears DHCP settings and other networking related info. To reset network settings, open the Settings app and navigate to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Reset Network Settings.

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Set Custom DNS

Often times, if your ISPs DNS servers are having problems, you can switch to Google DNS or OpenDNS. You can follow the instructions in the post linked below to change your DNS settings.

➤ How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad


Restore and Setup as new iPhone

If none of these tips fix your issues, the last resort is to restore your iPhone or iPad via iTunes, and set it up as a new device. This way, you start afresh, and get rid of possibly problematic customisations and settings on your device. Follow the instructions in the post linked below to do a clean restore to the latest version of iOS via iTunes.

➤ How to restore your iPhone or iPad with iTunes

Let us know in the comments if you faced any Wi-Fi issues, and if so, were you able to fix the issues with these tips.


If you’re on iOS 9 or later, then check our post for some tips on how to fix the Wi-Fi problems.