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How to Fix iOS “Unable to Join the Network” Error

“I updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 10, and my iPhone and wifi connection worked fine until this morning. Now when I have tried connecting to 2 different wifi networks, my phone is giving me the message "unable to join the network." I don't know why this is happening, has anyone else had this issue? How can I fix “Unable to join the network” in iOS? Any help or suggestions are appreciated.”

After updating iOS version, many iPhone/iPad/iPod users may complain that they have the error on iOS device of “Unable to join the network” when trying to connect to a Wifi network. There are many reasons may cause “Unable to join the network” error like WiFi adopter not working, network settings not updated, incorrect software update etc. Considering that so much of the functionality of iOS is dependent on the Internet, it’s pretty frustrating if you can not join a wireless network. If you are having the “Unable to join the network” error, you can always try to solve the problem on iPhone/iPad/iPod with below simple tricks.

How to Fix iOS “Unable to Join the Network” Error

Reset Network Settings

Step 1. On iOS device, go to Settings> General> Reset> Reset Network Settings. There will be a prompt requiring you to confirm the resetting by entering the device passcode. Enter the passcode and continue.

Step 2. Your iPhone/iPad/iPod will reboot. Wait for a while till your device restarts. Since Resetting Network Settings has wiped out all Wi-Fi network, VPN settings, Cellular data settings (including passwords and configuration details, etc.) on your device. You need to go back to Settings> Wi-Fi and join the network again with its passwords and specific network information.

Join the Network Manually

If you still are unable to connect to the Wi-Fi network on your iOS device after the above steps, try to join the network manually.

Step 1. Tap Settings> Wi-Fi, choose the Wi-Fi network that can't be accessed. Then click "Forget this Network" on the Info page of the network, confirm to drop the network from the list by tapping on "Forget".

Step 2. Go back to "Wi-Fi" and click "Other" option. Fill in the SSID, password of the network in the Network Name and Password field. Tap the "Security" option, and then tap the type of security enabled on the hidden network. After that, click the "Join" button. The device will then connect to the Wi-Fi network. You can go back and try to connect to the Wi-Fi network again.

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