Many iPhone users have been getting frustrating errors while trying to join a Wi-Fi network on their iPhones or iPad these days. When users try to connect to their Wi-Fi network at home or office, they got this unusual error all of a sudden and was unable to join the Wi-Fi network.
There can be a number of reasons responsible for this error message on the iPhone and some of them are listed below.
- Problem with the Wi-Fi network.
- Router issue.
- The password might have been changed.
- Network settings are disabled or altered on the iPhone.
After researching the potential causes of this error message on the iPhone, we have explained many possible solutions to resolve the Unable to join the network error on the iPhone in the article below.
Fix 1 – Reset Network Settings on your iPhone
If any of the settings in the iPhone is changed, then this problem might tend to occur. When detecting which setting is causing this issue is impossible, resetting all settings is the only way to resolve it.
Here are the steps on how to do it.
Step 1: Open the Settings page first and tap on the General option.
Step 2: Then select the Transfer or Reset iPhone option at the bottom of the General page as shown below.
Step 3: Now tap on the Reset option.
Step 2: Then select Reset Network Settings from the popped-up list by tapping on it once.
Step 3: You need to confirm it by tapping on Reset Network Settings again as shown in the below screenshot.
After it is done resetting all settings on your iPhone, see if the fix worked or not.
Fix 2 – Reboot the Wi-Fi Router
If there is any problem with the Wi-Fi router, you can resolve it by rebooting the Wi-Fi router once. Many iPhone users have resolved this issue by this method. Let us also try this and see if this helps us.
Step 1: First of all, switch off the Wi-Fi router by switching off the power.
Step 2: Then try disconnecting the network cable to the router by unplugging it
Step 3: Wait for some time and reconnect the network cable back by plugging it into the router.
Step 4: After that, turn the Wi-Fi router on by switching its power.
Fix 3 – Forget the Wi-Fi network and Rejoin it
When this kind of error message occurs on the iPhone, it could probably be because the password or other details of Wi-Fi have been changed. So forgetting the Wi-Fi network and then reconnecting it to your iPhone can resolve this issue.
Follow the steps below on how to do it.
Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone first.
Step 2: Select the Wi-Fi option by tapping on it once.
Step 3: After the Wi-Fi loads all the Wi-Fi networks saved or connected on your iPhone, tap on the Wi-Fi network that you want to forget.
Step 4: Later, tap on the Forget This Network option at the top of the Wi-Fi Network page as shown in the below screenshot.
Fix 4 – Turn Off the Wi-Fi option and Turn it on again
Some iPhone users have tried this way of fixing this issue by simply toggling the Wi-Fi option on their iPhone by simply turning it off first and then turning it on. We recommend trying this method and seeing if this helps.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone first and then go to the Settings page.
Step 2: On the Settings page, tap on the Wi-Fi option.
Step 3: On the Wi-Fi page, tap on the Wi-Fi’s toggle switch to turn it Off first.
Step 4: Then wait for some time and enable it again by tapping on the Wi-Fi toggle button as shown in the below screenshot.
Fix 5 – Connect the Wi-Fi Network to a PC
If any Wi-Fi network has any issues connecting to any mobile device, then you can try connecting it to the PC or Mac first and try using it. After it works perfectly fine with the PC, you can try connecting to the Wi-Fi network on your iPhone.
This should actually work for you and you should not get the Unable to join the network error anymore on your iPhone.
Restart the iPhone
This can also be simply fixed sometimes by just restarting the iPhone.
Step 1: To restart your iPhone, go to the Settings page and tap on General.
Step 2: Then choose the Shut Down option at the bottom and follow the onscreen instructions to shut down the iPhone.
Step 3: After that, to start your iPhone, you need to press and hold the volume up and power buttons together till you see Apple’s logo sign on your screen.
Check if the problem is fixed.
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