Fix Android Doesn’t Automatically Connect to Wi-Fi

We like to save secured wireless networks on our Android phones and tablets. We mainly save networks so that we can get connected to wireless networks when it’s in range. We don’t have to go to Wi-Fi settings and manually connect to the Wi-Fi Network. People have different networks at office, home or other places. Automatic connection to Wi-Fi network is very helpful as we don’t even have to remember all passwords of different networks. We directly get access to network when we reach out places. 

There are times when Android forgets to automatically connect to Wi-Fi network. You have to manually connect to the Wi-Fi network. Another way is to switch off the Wi-Fi and turn it back ON after 4-5 seconds for automatic connection to wireless network. It’s really annoying because you know that you haven’t changed any settings in the phone. This can happen due to many unknown reasons. Many Samsung phones have Wi-Fi auto connect problem.

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We are going to list some of the options which can troubleshoot the Android Wi-Fi auto connect setting problem-

  1. Forget Network option
  2. Software Update
  3. Wi-Fi Power Policy
  4. Cache Partition Wipe
  5. Factory Data Reset
  6. Toggle WiFi, Airplane Mode, Router Restart, Bluetooth Toggle, Network Settings Reset

Let’s see in detail as how these options can troubleshoot “Android doesn’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi Network”. 

1. Forget Network Option

Your Android phone was used to connect automatically to the Wi-Fi network at home and office. There is a chance that someone changed the password of the network but you still have previous password saved on your Android phone. In such cases, the Android phone won’t connect automatically to the Wi-Fi network and it will result in authentication problem issue on android phone and tablet. You need to reenter the password and save it again to get connected to it automatically next time. Follow the below steps to follow the process-

  1. Go to “Settings” of your Android phone.
  2. Tap on “Wi-Fi” settings. 
  3. Press and hold Wi-Fi network that you are trying to connect. (You have to click on network in some cases.)
  4. It will give you few options such as “Forget Network” and “Modify Network”. 
  5. Tap on “Forget Network” and follow the rest of the steps. 
  6. Scan the Wi-Fi networks again. 
  7. Click on your Wi-Fi network and enter the right password. 
  8. Tap on Save changes. You will get connected to network.
  9. Make sure you have Auto-Connect ON for this network. 
  10. Next time when you are in range then Android phone will get connected automatically to your network at home or office whichever you configured. 

If the above thing didn’t help you out and you know that the password wasn’t changed then keep reading ahead. 

Read: How to resolve WiFi Authentication Problem in Android/iOS

2. Software Update Problem

Many people have reported that a recent software update problem caused the Wi-Fi auto connect problem for the Wi-Fi network. If you recently updated your Android phone or tablet then there is a chance that the updated software problem caused the issue. You have to wait for the next update so that the bug can be fixed. Keep checking the updates regularly. 

3. Wi-Fi Power Policy

Many Android users have reported that having the Wi-Fi Sleep policy is causing the automatic connection to Wi-Fi networks. If the “Keep Wi-Fi on during Sleep” is set to always then Android stops automatic connection to known wireless networks. You can change the setting to “only when plugged in” or “Never”.

Follow the below steps to change the Wi-Fi Sleep settings:

  1. Go to “Settings” of your Android phone.
  2. Tap on “Wi-Fi” settings.
  3. Look out for “Advanced Settings” option. Also check for 3 dots at top right corner for advanced settings in some Android versions. 
  4. Tap on “Advanced Settings“. 
  5. You will see option “Keep Wi-Fi ON during Sleep“. Tap on it. 
  6. Tap on “Never“. 
  7. For many people it resolved the problem automatic Wi-Fi disconnection. 

 4. Cache Partition Wipe

Many people have reported to fix their problem with Cache partition wipe. Cache partition wipe is done if you installed any firmware update on your android phone. It will remove the update which is causing the Wi-Fi disconnecting and reconnecting problem. You can perform the Cache Partition Wipe using the steps below:

  1. Shut down your Android phone.
  2. Start Android phone by pressing “Power button + Volume up or Volume Down). Volume up or down depends on the phone. 
  3. It will take you to recovery mode where you will be presented with several options. 
  4. Click on Cache Partition Wipe
  5. Once it completes then restart the phone.
  6. Go to “Wi-Fi” and try connecting to see if it’s working perfectly or not. 

5. Factory Data Reset

Factory data reset fixes almost all the software related problems in your Android phone. It will reset all settings to default factory settings. It will help you in fixing almost everything including Wireless networks, Cellular networks, bluetooth and several other software glitches. You can perform factory data reset by performing below mentioned steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” of the Android phone. 
  2. Tap on “Backup and Reset“. You may find this option under “Additional Settings“. Try to locate option which says Reset or Backup and Reset in Settings. 
  3. Tap on “Factory Data Reset” option.
  4. Click on “All files on the phone“. 
  5. It will erase everything. (All files and data including accounts, contacts, photos and apps.)
  6. Restart the phone and see if Wi-Fi dropping stopped or not. 

6. Toggle WiFi, Airplane Mode, Router Restart, Bluetooth Toggle, Network Settings Reset

These are some of the additional and basic ways to fix many problems related to Android and iOS wifi issues. You should start with WiFi toggle and Airplane Mode toggle. It fixes many problems including Auto Connect WiFi issue. Bluetooth toggle option also fixed the problem for few people. If these 3 didn’t fixed up the issue then try restarting your router. Sometimes it’s the network which is causing the problem in Auto-Connect. Restarting the router will fix the problem. You can also perform network settings reset on Android Phone. It will delete all your previous settings related to WiFi networks, bluetooth devices, cellular settings. You have to enter password again for your WiFi network. It will surely fix the issue of auto connect. However by far “Forget Network” option fixes the issue. 

Read: How to reset network settings in Android Phone

Hopefully this guide will help you in auto-connecting of your Android phone to your favorite WiFi network. Following above methods will also fix other WiFi issues in Android.  If you know any other method then do inform us so that we can include the same in this guide. 

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