Every Android users must have experienced a situation in which the WiFi gets stuck in the off position on your Android smartphone or Android tablet. Few users have experienced other problems like when they try to switch on the Wi-Fi then Wi-Fi turns off by itself. The Android Wi-Fi also gets stuck, freezes or simply shows turning ON but never turns ON. In these cases the phone won’t let you turn on the Wi-Fi. It simply refuses to turn on the Wi-Fi. There can be multiple reasons behind this from software to hardware. However the most common solution to Wi-Fi won’t turn on is to fix the software part.
The Software issues can be easily fixed with few simple steps. It normally arises when you update your phone or install new apps that have interference with the Wi-Fi settings. The hardware issues on the Android cell phone should be done at service center only as you can cause another damage while fixing it.
We have listed number of reasons and their solutions to fix Android Wi-Fi won’t turn ON issue. Try to follow the step-by-step solution to every problem. Here we go-
The Airplane Mode
Airplane mode in Android smartphone and tablets is very useful. Airplane mode can fix many things in your Android phone. Whenever your Wi-Fi won’t turn on or shows turning on but never turns on then simply open the Airplane mode from settings or by pulling down the notification area settings and turn it OFF. Wait for 5 seconds and turn it back on. Now go to your Wi-Fi and try to turn it back ON. Believe it or not, it solves Wi-Fi won’t turn on problem most of the time.
If your Wi-Fi isn’t connecting to a wireless network then Airplane mode can help you. Toggle the Airplane mode and try to reconnect with the wireless network with the right password.
Reboot Android Phone
If the Airplane mode didn’t help you out with the Wi-Fi not turning on then you should try this option instead. Shut down your Android phone by long pressing the power button. You can also take your battery out, wait for few seconds and insert it back again. Battery can be taken out in old phones. Newer phones won’t let you take the battery out. You should press the power button for 10-15 seconds to switch off your phone.
Now restart your phone or tablet. Power cycling the phone resolves most of the software related issues whether it’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Go to Wi-Fi settings and try to turn it ON. Hopefully the issue is resolved. If it didn’t help then you should move on to the third method.
Turn Off Power Saving Mode
Turning off power saving mode on Android smartphone is yet another solution. The problem is very common on Samsung Galaxy models whether the power saving mode is ON. Power saving mode causes the problem with the Wi-Fi. The simple reason being that Wi-Fi drains the battery of the phone quickly. Power saving mode will ensure that to save the battery it won’t let you turn on the Wi-Fi. You should turn off the power saving mode in order to fix the Wi-Fi won’t turn on problem. Follow the below steps to switch off the power saving mode:
- Dial *#0011# from the dialer.
- It will open up the service mode.
- Click on Menu key and select Wi-Fi.
- Switch off the power saving mode if it’s turn ON.
Uninstall the Latest Installed Applications
Try to remember when the problem with the Wi-Fi started. Did you install any new applications on your Android cell phone? May be the new application is causing the problem. Few newer apps can cause software issues on Android because of non-friendly version. They are beta versions causing problems on your phone. Uninstall those new applications from your phone or tablet. Restart your phone and see if the Wi-Fi won’t turn on problem is fixed.
Install the app again and see if it’s causing the problem again. If it’s causing problem with the Wi-Fi then you should uninstall it completely and wait for the next updated release of the app.
Many users have fixed the Wi-Fi problem when they cleared the memory on their Android phone. Low memory can be a reason for your Wi-Fi problem. Try to clear the RAM memory through the RAM manager. If you have any memory-cleaning app installed then clear the RAM through that app. Having less memory in your phone can cause many apps to stop performing. You should have enough memory at all time for proper functioning of the Android smartphone. This solution has helped many users fix the issue.
These are some of the basic fixes to troubleshoot Android Wi-Fi problems. Let’s move on to some advanced ones.
Hardware Issues of Phone
If your Android phone Wi-Fi isn’t turning ON at all then there is chance that something inside the phone is not working properly or malfunctioning. There is a chance that a cable is loose or disconnected. If the cable is not connected properly or something happened with the Wi-Fi antenna then it could cause Wi-Fi won’t turn on problem.
We are recommending some tips here to fix your loose cable inside the phone. You don’t have to open up your Android phone at all.
Follow the 2 tips below to fix cable or Wi-Fi antenna problem-
- Give a proper shake to your phone gently.
- Tap on the back of the Android phone.
While shaking the Android phone make sure not to let it slip out of your hand. You don’t want to break your phone, right?
Try turning on the Wi-Fi again and see if it’s fixed the problem. Many people have reported that it fixed the issue and their Wi-Fi is now turning on properly.
Rename the Wi-Fi Toggle File
Sometimes renaming the Wi-Fi files in the root helps in the working of Wi-Fi toggle. To rename files, you should install a root explorer (Phone must be rooted). Now follow below steps to rename the given file:-
- Go to data\misc\wifi\wpa_supplicant.conf
- Rename that wpa_supplicant.conf file to wpa_supplicant.bak
- Restart the phone and head over to Wi-Fi settings.
- Try turning it ON. It will work perfectly.
If you are unable to find wpa_supplicant.conf in the above given location then you should find the file with the same name somewhere inside the wifi folder. You should use the search option to find out the file and rename it.
You can also search for the file “Softab.conf” and try renaming it to softab.bak to see if your Wi-Fi started working again.
The method has worked successfully in many phones such as Samsung Note 1 and many galaxy models.
Uncheck Restore from Server option
It’s one of the biggest problems in Samsung galaxy phones. The restore from server option is checked while you configure the login details for Samsung and Google accounts. You should uncheck this restore from server option so that your Wi-Fi will start turning ON without getting stuck or freeze.
You should follow the below steps to uncheck restore from server option:
- Perform a Factory data reset on your phone. (Don’t forget to save all-important data on your computer). Performing a factory data reset will erase everything on your Android phone and tablet.
- Start setting up the phone.
- When it asks for logging into Samsung and Google account then you will also get option for “Restore from server” option.
- Uncheck it in both of them.
- Complete other steps and check your Wi-Fi.
- It will start working again perfectly. You will be able to make connection to any wireless networks.
- Go to Settings >>> Accounts >> Turn on Backup and restore manually option.
The Wi-Fi won’t turn on problem won’t rise again. Many users have reported this method to work perfectly for them.
Uncheck Always Allow Scanning
This is yet another Wi-Fi connectivity problem mainly in Samsung phones. If you are having problems with Wi-Fi getting stuck or not turning on then you should follow the below steps to make it work perfectly.
- Press and hold the Wi-Fi icon until you see Smart network switch window.
- Click the tab on left hand side of the home button.
- Select Advanced option.
- Now uncheck always allow scanning option.
- Now try to connect to Wi-Fi. It will start turning on perfectly.
Perform a Factory Data reset
The last option that you are trying to do is to perform a factory data reset option which tend to solve most of the problems related to software issues on Android phones, tablets and iPhone as well. Factory data reset will delete all your files, apps, documents, videos, music files and rest of the things. Save all-important files on your computer or some other phone. You can also save it in your Google drive.
Follow the below steps to perform a Factory Data Reset on your Android phone:
- Go to “Settings” app on your phone.
- Go to “System >> Reset”. You can also see “Backup and Reset”.
- Tap on “Factory Data Reset” option.
- Choose “Reset Phone” or “Reset Tablet.”
- Enter your PIN or Password.
- Select “Erase Everything.”
- When the device completes factory data reset then start the phone and complete the configuration process.
Hopefully it will fix your Wi-Fi won’t turn on problem. If it doesn’t then you should look for any one of the options above. Many people have reported that after doing step by step methods given above they have been able to fix their Wi-Fi won’t turn on issues. Do comment if you have found any other method.