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Why Does My iPad Air or Pro Keep Dropping Wi-Fi Connection?

Last Updated Jun 6, 2022
Person holding up an ipad in front of a tree

Apple’s market-leading iPad consistently ranks at the top. Let’s face it; it’s the prototype. Users appreciate its crisp display, fast performance, and user-friendly interface. But what happens when your powerhouse machine has an outage? iPad Air and Pro owners report frequent loss of Wi-Fi connection. Where is the breakdown?

In most cases, this annoyance is due to a faulty connection to a router. Another obstacle involves interference from appliances and other electronics. Is there anything you can do to remedy this? The good news is yes; quickly solve the problem after finding the root cause.

iPads appeal to those who want to stay connected on the go. Apple’s seamless iCloud supports shared notes, messages, and documents. At each new coffee shop or airport, iPads attract the best possible route for a Wi-Fi network. Keep reading to discover how this leads to potential connectivity problems.

Not All Wi-Fi Networks Are Created Equally 

How often do we take a second thought to who or what we connect our iPads to? Sometimes your iPad connects to faulty wireless networks. Remnants from this compromised connection stick around, and your iPad starts acting wacky.

In the same way that you rinse away impurities from the day, you must clean random network connections from your iPad. This fix clears your iPad’s roster of Wi-Fi networks.

Give it a try:

Settings–Wi-Fi–Information–Forget This Network–Forget

This fix will make many of you happy, but others still face the same connection crisis. What gives?

Simple Operator’s Error

Some of us are running a race from morning coffee to lights out. We’re bound to make unintentional, careless errors. How often have you looked for your glasses only to find them propped on your head?

This next solution might seem trite, but you may have unknowingly switched your Wi-Fi off or forgotten to take your phone off of airplane mode. It really does not hurt to check. 

Give it a try:

Settings–Wi-Fi–Slide to green

Settings–Airplane Mode–Slide to white

If you continue to experience service drops, it may be time to look beyond your tablet and get to the source–your wireless router.

Your Home’s Smart Ecosystem

Have you noticed that your iPad connection is more stable outside of your home? Maybe it’s time to tweak your smart home’s ecosystem.

The Tried But True Reboot

From a young age, you likely learned the first course of action to fix a faulty electronic device is to turn it off and then turn it back on. Have you already attempted this rudimentary fix with your iPad?

Consider looking beyond the device itself. Think about it–your ipad connects to Wi-Fi because you have purchased some kind of Internet provider service. Most homes equipped with Wi-Fi have a router that delivers the signal. Reboot your modem to see if this improves your connectivity shortages.

Do so by following these steps:

  • Disconnect your wireless router from its power source.
  • Wait thirty seconds.
  • Plug it back in.

Specify the Wi-Fi Channel

Gone are the days when we would only need the Internet for computers. Modern families have changed the digital footprint of our homes. Not just our computers and phones, but other appliances, such as vacuum cleaners and microwaves. 

These Wi-Fi-dependent systems take a toll on your home network. You may be frustrated when these devices aren’t working at their full potential. Luckily, the average wireless router provides more than one channel. 

Organize Your Home’s Ecosystem

Yes, you heard that right. It’s time to organize your home’s ecosystem. You probably wouldn’t just throw each item of clothing into just one single drawer. Why wouldn’t this hold true for your wireless router?

Give this a try:

  • Go to your wireless router’s service page.  
  • Configure your Wifi account to allow access to both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz networks. 

Consider changing the SSID between them so you will remember the difference. 

  • Check your Ipad to ensure it automatically connects to the 5 Ghz network, which supports more devices with less interference.

Trust us when we say that you’re not the only one with all of their devices connecting to the same channel. Take the time to designate specific channels for your electric devices to route to.

Why Can’t You Seem to Keep Your iPad Connected to Wi-Fi?

The real answer to this question is that you need to explore your wireless router to get the best out of your device. You’ve spent a pretty penny for a reliable user experience. Try our quick fixes to improve your iPad’s performance.   

If you’ve exhausted all options and still struggle to keep your iPad online, we would recommend a consultation with Apple’s state-of-the-art customer service team. Apple’s products are backed by a limited warranty and there may be a need for a replacement device.