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Laptop Wont Connect to WiFi: Here’s How to Connect Laptop to Wi-Fi

For whatever you need to do online, seamless internet connectivity is a must. Many laptop owners complain of connectivity issues when using a wireless network. The issue appears whenever you are connected to the internet via laptop Wi-Fi.

If your laptop won’t connect to Wi-Fi there are a few things you need to do. This will not only help you troubleshoot the issue but also fix it for good. If your laptop is not connecting to the Internet you can resolve the issue by following the below steps.

How to fix laptop won’t connect to Wi-Fi

1. Restart your laptop and Router

Power cycling is one of the simplest and most effective approaches to troubleshooting this issue. You need to restart the laptop and router/modem and see if it works. Follow the steps below

  1. Shut down your laptop (Don’t put it into Sleep mode.)
  2. Disconnect the Power cable from the router/modem and leave it like that for a couple of minutes before turning it on. (this id
  3. Plug back the power cables to your router and modem.
  4. Switch on your laptop and connect to Wi-Fi.
  5. Use the laptop for a while and check whether Wi-Fi disconnects like before. If the problem persists, proceed to the next solution.

2. Change the network adapter power saving setting

Typically, power-saving settings on laptops turn off the network adapter to save on power. In some cases, the power saving setting causes laptop Wi-Fi to disconnect. So let’s try changing the adapter power saving setting and see if it helps.

  1. Press Windows + X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click on Device Manager.
  3. Expand Network adapters option.
  4. Select and right-click on your installed network adapter.

  1. Click on Properties

  1. Select the Power Management Tab. 
  2. Uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  3. Click Ok to save the changes.

3. Reset Wi-Fi Driver to Default Settings

The Wi-Fi driver might be misconfigured or conflicting with other devices. This might be one of the reasons why Wi-Fi is not connecting on your laptop. Thankfully, the problem can be solved by resetting your Wi-FI driver to original/default settings. Follow the steps below:

  1. Press Windows + X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click on Device Manager.
  3. Double-click to open Network adapters. Select your Wi-Fi driver and right-click on the same.

  1. Select Uninstall device from the menu. 
  2. Restart your laptop.
  3. After the laptop reboots, try connecting to the Wi-Fi. It is well and good if you are able to connect. If not, don’t be disheartened and try the next solution.

4. Release and Renew your IP address

Typically our systems are configured to obtain an IP address automatically. Most of the time, internet connection issues and glitches can be fixed by renewing the IP address. Follow the steps below to do this. 

  1. Open Search by pressing Windows Key+S keyboard shortcut.
  2. Type Command Prompt.
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt from the result.
  4. Select “Run as Administrator ” from the context menu.
  5. After opening Command prompt run the following command.
ipconfig/release

  1. Type the following command in a new line and press enter.
ipconfig/renew

The system will automatically request the router for a new IP address. The router will assign an IP address to your computer. Now try connecting to Wi-Fi on your laptop. If it connects successfully you are good to go. If not then proceed to the next step.

5. Deactivate your antivirus

It is quite possible that your antivirus is interfering with the Wi-Fi connection. Tackling this issue is easy, deactivate antivirus temporarily and check if the Wi-Fi connection issue is resolved. In some cases, you might have to uninstall the anti-virus and see if this resolves the issue. We suggest using a removal tool so that all the anti virus associated files are completely deleted from the system. In some cases, you might have to switch to a new anti-virus solution.

Conclusion

We understand frequent Wi-Fi issues are very annoying. We hope the above steps helped resolve this issue and now you have uninterrupted Wi-Fi access on your laptop. Share your experiences in the comments below.

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