iPhone is good, but not perfect. Some people recently reported that they cannot turn on Wi-Fi because the icon is grayed out or dim on iPhone or iPad. They have no ideas what's going wrong. In this way, I think it is necessary to write a guide to provide some tips on how to fix iPhone/iPad Wi-Fi grayed out problem.
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Some iOS users complained that they fail to enable Wi-Fi because the Wi-Fi button is grayed out or dim. This issue can affect iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4 as well as the iPad models. You can imagine how it will bedevil you when it can't get on Wi-Fi on your phone. But why Wi-Fi setting is grayed out or dims on iPhone or iPad? Below I list the most possible ones:
The error may be caused by the negative effects of the iOS version, which brings some bugs to your iPhone.
Hardware problem or system issue on your iOS device.
Wi-Fi antenna in your iPhone/iPad is shorted out or damaged.
Fortunately, there are some workable solutions, which are from the users who have fixed the issue, will help you turn on Wi-Fi as normal and get you back online. I have sorted out the solutions below and maybe you can refer to them for the Wi-Fi freezing issue.
Ensure Airplane Mode Is Disable
If Airplane Mode is enabled on your iPhone or iPad, the cellular radio, the wireless transmission functions, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth would be turned off and you are not allowed to use them. So the priority is to check if the Airplane mode is enabled on your device. If it is, you can see an aircraft icon would be showed on the Status Bar.
To disable Airplane Mode, you can swipe up from the bottom of your iOS screen to open the Control Center. Then find out the Airplane Mode icon to turn it off.
Update iOS to the Latest Version
Apple would release the new iOS version every year to fix some bugs or update the functions of the system. If you are running the old version of the iOS, you should try to head to "Settings > General > Software Update" to check and update it to the latest one.
However, if you find out that the issue occurs only when you upgrade the iOS to the latest version, e.g. iOS 11. That is very frustrating. But it can be fixed. You are recommended to use FonePaw iOS System Recovery (opens new window), which is an effective tool to help fix the system issues without any data loss.
Step 1. Download and install iOS System Recovery on your computer.
Step 2. Connect iPhone or iPad to computer. Go to "iOS System Recovery" and click on the "Start" button.
Step 3. Choose the correct info of your iOS and it would automatically download the corresponding firmware package for you.
Step 4. It will start to repair your device and please keep your iOS connected. When the process is complete, your mobile may restart to normal mode.
Reset Your Network Settings
If Wi-Fi is now working after you try to upgrade iOS, the issue may be not caused by the operating system. You are advised to reset all of your Network Settings, which will wipe out whatever stored in current settings such as Bluetooth connections, Wi-Fi passwords and so on.
To reset Network Settings, just go to "Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings" on your iPhone or iPad and then confirm the operation.
Erase All Content and Settings
If even resetting Network Settings doesn't help, it is time for the most powerful solution: perform a factory reset. Before you do anything about the reset, bear in mind that you should backup your iPhone or iPad to prevent from data loss.
You can directly perform factory reset on iOS or via iTunes. To know more details about it, please head to this guide: How to Restore iPhone to Factory Settings (opens new window)
It is understandable that to fix an error on iOS may not be as straightforward as the discussion above. If you don't want to waste your time anymore to dig into other solutions, you can try to appeal to the Apple support for help! If you have any problem about this article, just leave us a comment below.