How to Fix a Frozen iPad

An iPad without an internet connection is as good as dead. Most iPad users love to surf the web, play online games (Clash of Clans, maybe?) and stream videos. All this functionality depends on the internet, and if it is not available, you are bound to get bored in 5-10 minutes maximum. With an internet connection, the iPad is arguably one of the most complete gadgets.

Lately, a few iPad users have been seen complaining about their iPad not getting connected to the Wi-Fi. It is an issue that keeps on going with different iPad models, and it is not new. However, there are some very easy fixes to address this issue. So, if you are having the same trouble then go through these methods step by step and you will be able to troubleshoot it.

Update iOS:

Apple users who do not update the iOS when available invite trouble by themselves. There is a reason why Apple introduce regular iOS updates. The best thing to do is to install and update the software as soon as it is available. So, if you are running on an old iOS then you should try the mobile network to update the software. Once updated, try connecting your iPad to the Wi-Fi and it may work.

Dropped Connections:

If your Wi-Fi connection suddenly drops while you are using it and it keeps happening even after reconnecting then it could be down to DHCP settings. You may have to look into them to see if the issue disappears. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings.

2. Now tap on the option Wi-Fi.

3. Now tap on the Information/Details icon next to the connected Wi-Fi.

4. Scroll down in HTTP section and tap the option DHCP.

5. Now change this setting to Manual/Automatic as it is Off by default.

6. Now go and check if the problem has been solved. If not, restart your router and then repeat this process again.

Renew DHCP Lease:

This is also a great troubleshooting technique for unstable Wi-Fi connection. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings.

2. Now tap on the option Wi-Fi.

3. Now tap on the Information/Details icon next to the connected Wi-Fi.

4. Scroll down and tap on the option Renew Lease.

Airplane Mode:

If your iPad isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi at all then you can utilize Airplane mode to your advantage. Enable it for 30-60 seconds and then disable it to see if it works. You can enable the Airplane mode either from Settings or directly from the Control Center.

Forget this Network:

Now, this is close to your best bet for troubleshooting the connectivity issues. Make your device forget the Wi-Fi credentials and then reconnect it to Wi-Fi. A fresh start and refreshed IP Address may do the trick. You can do that by:

1. Launch Settings on the iPad.

2. Tap on the network that is causing the problem.

3. Now tap Forget this Network.

4. Now go back to Wi-Fi options, choose the same network and connect to it by providing the password.

Try a Different Wi-Fi connection:

You’d be thinking that your iPad has some connectivity problem but what you forget is the fact that the problem could be with your Wi-Fi. First, restart the router and check if it works. If not, then try using a different Wi-Fi connection. Using someone’s hotspot is a great alternative if you are limited to a single Wi-Fi connection.

Adjusting Auto-brightness:

Auto-brightness and Wi-Fi; there is no connection between the two totally different features. Surprisingly, some users have reported that adjusting the brightness has worked like a magic wand, and the issue was solved. You would think that it won’t work, but do not forget that technology works in mysterious ways. Here is what you are required to do:

1. Open the Settings on your iPad.

2. Tap on the option Display and Brightness.

3. Now toggle off the option Auto-brightness.

4. Additionally, you can also set your brightness to full (restore it back to normal later) to see it helps the connectivity.

Reset Network Settings:

Network Settings, as the name suggests, play a pivotal role in both carrier and internet connectivity. It usually happens that whenever a user updates the iOS, it affects the network settings. it is always good to reset network settings if the Wi-Fi issue keeps on happening. Doing this will also forget the network so when the iPad restarts, you will need to provide Wi-Fi password again. Here is how you can reset network settings:

1. Go to the Settings.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Now scroll down to the bottom and tap on the option Reset.

4. Next, tap on the option Reset Network Settings. Provide the passcode if required.

5. Upon restart, connect your iPad to Wi-Fi to see if the method has worked or not.

Turn Off Ask to Join Networks Feature:

If you let this feature on then the chances of your correct connection getting interrupted are high. What it does is that it makes the internet connection unstable which results in device not getting connected to Wi-Fi issue. Additionally, this feature hardly calls into action and therefore, turning it off won’t impact any other functionality. Here is what you need to do:

1. Open the Settings on the iPad.

2. Tap the option Wi-Fi.

3. Now locate the option Ask to Join Networks and toggle it off.

Disable Bluetooth:

Again, you wouldn’t think that this will have any effect whatsoever on the problem but surprisingly, it works. Some users have reported that disabling the Bluetooth troubleshot the connectivity issue automatically. The reason could be Bluetooth’ interference with the signals and hence turning it off can boost the Wi-Fi signal strength. You can disable Bluetooth via the Control center.

Move iPad Closer:

If troubleshooting techniques aren’t helping at all (until now), consider moving iPad closer to the router. It is far from an ideal solution, but it is what it is right now. Moving the iPad closer to Wi-Fi will technically boost the signal strength and the device will get connected. Once connected, try to move further and see if it works. If it stops working, then it is likely that your router’ days are numbered.

Move the Protection Cover:

It is understandable that the iPad is one pricy gadget; it doesn’t come for cheap and needs to be protected. However, using a thick protective case can also stop your iPad getting connected to the Wi-Fi. So, when troubleshooting the Wi-Fi issue, make sure you remove it so signal strength can get better. Once connected, you can put the protective case back on.

Restart the iPad:

When smartphones or iPads start troubling too much; restart. Restarting the device is perhaps one of the most used technique to address the various issues. Surprisingly enough, the magical power of restart usually come good. Press-hold the sleep/wake button on your iPad until the slider appears on the screen. Slide it to shut down the iPad. Simply press-hold the sleep/wake button again until the device gets powered on.

Update Router’ Firmware:

As good as this technique is, it is better to go for it in very last. If the internet problem is not only limited to iPad (other devices aren’t connecting) then you may have to update your router’ firmware. It is better if you keep someone experienced (engineer) in the loop while performing this method. It is not the device’ problem so it is on your internet provider to fix it for you.

So, these are some of the proven troubleshooting techniques that have done well for the users facing a similar problem. Read them carefully and apply them to get rid of this problem once for all.