November 20, 2022 3:01 PM Tips & Tricks
WiFi issues on iOS 16 are widespread and very annoying. This is a software issue that Apple will hopefully address in future updates. Some people have reported that the problem is severe since the internet disconnects as frequently as once in ten seconds, an intense hurdle in daily use and can adversely affect productivity.
There’s no consistent fix since different methods seem to work for other users. It is also unclear how widespread it is, but the reports are plenty, so a fix for this is needed as soon as possible.
The wifi issue was reported on Reddit forums, Apple’s support pages and Twitter. Frequent disconnection forces users to switch to cellular data for a reliable connection. There also seems to be no obvious trigger to this problem. The issue occurs as people regularly browse their phones, use apps, and watch videos. No pinpoint activity triggers the bug.
The WiFi signal bar appears for a brief while and randomly disappears, pausing whatever background activity requires WiFi, especially during calls over the internet or video calls; the issue can be highly frustrating. WiFi problems are a massive disaster for competitive gamers who rely on WiFi to play real-time games requiring extreme accuracy and concentration.
We have also faced the WiFi Keeps Disconnecting issue on iPhone 13. You can see the video below.
Apple Support has responded to these problems, stating that they would like a closer look into what was causing the issues. They also linked an Apple Support page that has a few basic fixes.
Apart from WiFi problems, users have also been facing issues with disappearing wallpapers, subpar battery life and higher standby drain. UI Lags & app crashes have also been reported. Unfortunately, iOS 16.1.1 did not address most of these problems, including the WiFi bug, which is unfortunately still present.
It gets worse since we also see reports of hardware damage like green tint issues and screen flickering. These problems are inconvenient. Phones are nearly useless bricks if they don’t have internet access. From iOS 16 to 16.1.1, we have seen many people complain about the bothersome WiFi issue.
If your phone is left connected to WiFi for a few hours and left on standby for a couple of hours, the phone automatically and randomly gets disconnected from WiFi. People have also reported trouble connecting to WiFi since internet access randomly gets cut off.
WiFi disconnection is not always precisely periodic; it can be erratic too. If you have running backups or downloads in the background, loss of internet access is a severe hindrance. You might even miss important calls, texts and emails from Whatsapp, Telegram, etc., if WiFi does not work. So, here are the best ways to fix the problem.
This has solved the WiFi woes on iOS 16 for many people.
Using VPN regularly on your phone might cause WiFi disconnection problems since it interferes with incoming and outgoing network traffic. If you use a VPN app such as Surfshark, Nord VPN, etc., then you can turn it off within the app. If not, you can also do it in the settings app.
There are several simple ways to do this. You can restart your phone by pressing the power and volume up buttons and then powering it off. Once it turns back on, the DNS Cache will be flushed. Alternatively, you can go into the General menu in settings and shut down the phone.
You can also toggle Airplane Mode and then turn it off from the control centre or right from the settings app. Resetting network settings will flush DNS Cache as well.
We hope the above-mentioned temporary workarounds have solved the problem for you. Apple should look into the issue and address it as soon as possible since it’s affecting many users. The WiFi disconnection bug is serious, not just a minor UI/UX error or animation glitch.
If you’re on an older version of iOS, such as 15.7 or 16.0, and you do not have the problem, then it is highly recommended to stay on that version until a fix is announced.
iOS 16.2 is scheduled to launch in December, and that will hopefully arrive with some bug fixes, but until then, we are stuck with these temporary solutions.
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