Mac Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi? 9 Steps to Get Back Online

Wifi is the main component in any computing system that helps us connect to the internet without any wires.

So, what will you do if your Mac does not connect to the home-based Wifi? 

This would be an issue which can uncomfort you and it will keep you uncomfortable until you have fixed it.

And if you are looking for different ways to fix that problem then you have clicked on the right article. 

Here we are going to discuss the main factors because of which you will face this type of problem and we will also share 9 steps on how you can fix this problem.

9 Steps to Get Back Online on Mac:

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Here we will share basic 9 steps that you can follow to get you, Mac, online, and get connected with the internet.

01- Confirm Proper Network Operation:

The first and most important step is to check is your Wifi network working properly or not? And the simplest way to check that is to connect different devices with that Wifi network.

If the other devices are connected successfully then you will know that your Mac has the issue, not the other way around. But if other devices that you tried to connect are unsuccessful to connect then it means your Wifi network has an issue.

In this case, we are talking about Wifi Network if that is not working properly then you can try these steps to make sure that it works.

  • The first thing that you should do is you can reboot the Wifi router. You can switch it off and leave it for a minute or two and then switch it back on to check if it works or not. In several cases and scenarios, this solution works and the Wifi network starts working.
  • Another thing that you should check is the router cable, make sure they are properly connected with the router. If they are and still the router is not working then try connecting the router with different cables.
  • If either of these options does not work I mean they are perfect then it is most likely that your internet has been disconnected. So, to make sure that you should contact your internet service provider and make sure that the net is in the proper coverage area and the net is properly distributed to your house.

02- Double-Check Your Ethernet Cable:

There are various ways that you can connect your Mac or computer to the Internet. So, if this is the case and you have connected your Mac with the Ethernet connection then you need to check the ethernet cable.

So, to do this, you can counter check the security that how securely the cable is connected, and when you have checked that then you need to make sure that it is also securely connected to the router. 

And if that does not work then you need to connect the Mac without the cable.

And the same way around, if you use your Mac without the cable then try checking it with one.  This can be helpful to get you online and thus gives you time to focus and find the main issue.

03- Check Range and Interference:

When it comes to Connecting your Mac to a router then you should make sure that the router and the Mac aren’t that far away from each other.

And the same way you should make sure that the router location is accessible from all over the house.

The placement should not be behind any walls that can obstruct the signals, or shouldn’t place the router behind any obstacle.

The best position for the router to place is any central location of your house so that not only your Mac other internet consuming devices can be connected to the Wifi.

Then when you have taken care of everything this last thing that you should take care of is to free the router from any complications and any kind of signal interference.

But the thing is that you should not put the router near any electric cables, cordless phones or video cameras, microwaves, or anything that transmits an electrical signal because this can rapture the router abilities.

And through some users, we came to notice that if you turn your Mac’s Bluetooth off then it might help because Bluetooth and Wifi might contradict each other.

04- Review the Obvious:

Assuming there’s nothing wrong with your network or router, there are a couple of basic steps to review before you proceed.

The basic instinct should be that you have turned on the Wifi of your Mac.

You can make sure by clicking the Wifi icon on the top menu bar. If the Symbol is on then the Wifi symbol will appear as normal with the inside arcs lit up. And if the Wifi is turned off that arc symbol does not light up and stays blank.

So, if the Wifi is off then you should turn it back on by just clicking on that symbol this will turn the Wifi back on.

By turning that on it will automatically connect to any previously registered Wifi network and that is most likely yours.

And if it does not connect automatically then you can do that manually by just simply registering the Wifi network to your Mac.

Secondly, the main thing is that you have to make sure that you are connecting to the Wifi network that you own or you have access to.

If the connection is not able to proceed then that could mean that you have connected with a wrong Wifi network that has different access which you don’t know. 

When you click on the Wifi icon there you will see a list of Wifi connections, from there you should choose the proper and correct Wifi network that you have access to.

05- Update MacOS:

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If you have any connection issues then it is most likely your OS is not updated thus check for the OS update. If you have a new version macOS ready to install, upgrade your Mac’s operating system and see if that fixes your problem.

On macOS Mojave or later, upgrading is easy.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen and choose About This Mac.
  2. Hit the Software Update button.
  3. If an update is available, click Update Now.

06- Forget Your Wifi Network:

There is another trick that you can apply that is to try forgetting the preferred Wifi network from your Mac.

Do this by opening your Mac’s network preferences, as described below:

  1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner and choose System Preferences.
  2. There you have to select the network category and after that click on Advanced inside its panel.
  3. There you will see the list of Wifi networks and from there you can choose the network that you want to forget and click the minus sign.
  4. Click OK, then Apply.

But the thing is after you have removed that network your Mac won’t connect it automatically you’ll have to reconnect with that network manually.

And I have told you how to connect to a Wifi network above so I won’t be repeating it, although I will tell you that it follows the same method to reconnect to that Wifi.

You just need to enter the password to have access to that network.

07- Change your Wifi Network Channel:

Routers use one of the several channels to connect to the internet from the back end. Sometimes your router’s current channel suffers from interference or congestion.

Because of this, changing your Wi-Fi channel can help when you experience connection problems.

To change the channel you’re using, you need to find your router’s IP address.

To do this, follow the instructions in the below section to access the TCP/IP tab of the settings for your network.

There, you’ll find your router’s IP address next to the Router.

You should copy and paste the IP address into your browser’s search bar on the top.

What it will do is that it will allow you to log in to the router management website so that it is possible for you to manage the router, but you have to enter the password to access that website and this password is provided by the service provider.

If you don’t know it and haven’t changed it, you can likely find the default password with a Google search of your router model.

The exact layout of your router’s configuration will vary by model. However, you generally have to go to a Wi-Fi settings page and find the list of channels.

08- Check your TCP/IP Settings:

The TCP/IP settings of your Mac help your Mac to communicate with other devices. It is worthy to check if your Mac doesn’t connect to a Wifi.

You can also renew the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) and this is how you can do it:

  • Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and open System Preferences.
  • Select Network, then hit the Advanced button.
  • Switch to the TCP/IP tab.
  • Click Renew DHCP Lease.

9. Change Your Domain Name System (DNS) Settings:

DNS is a system that is used to match and combine domains with IP addresses.

If you care to change the DNS settings it might speed up your connection as well as resolve any connection issues.

And given that there are a number of public DNS servers available, this is fairly easy to do:

  1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and open System Preferences.
  2. Select Network, then hit the Advanced button.
  3. Click the DNS tab.
  4. Click the Plus sign underneath the DNS Servers column.
  5. Enter the IP address for the DNS server you’d like to use. For example, the address of Google’s Public DNS is 8.8.8.8.
  6. Click OK, then Apply.

Here’s a list of other public DNS servers, in case you’d like to shop around:

  • Google: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.8.4
  • Cloudflare: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
  • OpenDNS: 208.67.220.220 and 208.67.222.222
  • Comodo Secure DNS: 8.26.56.26 and 8.20.247.20
  • DNS Advantage: 156.154.70.1 and 156.154.71.1

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