Why Can’t My Laptop Connect To Wifi (SOLVED)

Why Can't My Laptop Connect To Wifi

You might be thinking why can’t my laptop connect to wifi? Maybe you have done everything you can and it’s still not working. In this article I will show you a few solutions to help you fix this problem.

To manually turn on your wifi: Look for a Wifi toggle switch indicated with a radio tower symbol on the side or front of your laptop. Switch the toggle so it does not show red to turn on your Wifi. Alternatively you can press the “FN” key with the “F2” key at the same time.

Turn on wireless capability

The first thing you want to try is to look for a small wifi switch on the side or back of your laptop. Some laptop models with HP or Lenovo manufacturers will have a small wifi toggle which can turn on or off Wireless capability.

If the toggle is red then the wireless capability is switched to off and you won’t be able to connect to the internet.

Use Windows Troubleshooter

Run the windows troubleshooter which will tell you what the problem is with your Wifi connection. To do this just:

  • Right click on your Wifi icon
  • Click on troubleshoot problems

Windows will automatically try to identify the problem and fix it if it can.

Try and disable your antivirus if Windows can’t find a solution to the problem. Sometimes your antivirus can be blocking wifi connection via the firewall.

Renew IP

If Windows troubleshooter does not work for you then you can try and renew your IP. To renew your IP do the following:

  • Open start menu search for CMD
  • Open CMD by right clicking and selecting run as admin
  • In CMD type iconfig /release and press enter
  • Then type in ipconfig /renew
  • Then again press enter and windows will renew your IP.

Disable IPv4 or IPv6

To Disable IPv4 or IPv6 do the following:

  • Press Windows key + I at the same time to open settings
  • Select network & Internet.
  • Then select Change adapter options.
  • Right click on the wifi adapter and select properties
  • Disable IPv4 by selecting on it and unchecking it, then press ok.
  • If the problem does not resolve itself then try to enable IPv4 and disable IPv6.

Check and Reset Your Hardware

Double check your Wifi modem and NBN if you have an NBN box. Restart and replug these devices and wait until all the indicator lights are lit up green which means wifi capability has been established from the modem.

After you know the modem is working then you can worry about your laptop.

If your laptop still does not connect to wifi after trying all the things in this article then you can experiment with using an ethernet cable to see if you can connect manually.

You can also try and get a USB dongle to connect to wifi and see if that fixes your issue. Older laptops may have problems connecting to wifi and could require a dongle.

Sometimes your laptop won’t show the Wifi option because it’s in airplane mode or it’s turned off via a wifi switch located on the front or side of the keyboard. Another reason could be because your Wifi is disabled in Control Panel > All control panel items > Network connections.

Run System Restore

If worst comes to worst and nothing is fixing your issue then you can do a rollback or a system reset. Be careful with this because you might lose your data.

  • Search for recovery in windows search bar
  • Click on it and open system restore, then press Next
  • Choose the restore point you would like to go back to and press next.
  • Then press finish

Let the process happen as it might take some time. You can also do a factory reset if your laptop used to connect to Wifi but doesn’t anymore.

Step 1: Turn on your laptop and wait until you get to the login screen.

Step 2: Hold down the shift key then click on the power button in the bottom right corner and click Restart

Step 3: Press “Yes” to the prompt.

Step 4: Select “Troubleshoot” from the recovery window.

Step 5: Select “Reset this PC”

Step 6: Select “Fully clean the drive” for a full factory reset or “Keep my files” to do a soft factory reset without touching your files.

Step 7: Press “Reset” on the final warning

This process will take roughly 45minutes to do a fresh install. Plug in your laptop to a power source so your computer does not shut off while doing the restore process.

Reinstall The Wireless Network Adapter Driver

If the other options do not work then you should reinstall your network drivers.

To reinstall your network drivers do the following:

  • Right click on this PC and press manage
  • Click ok on the prompt
  • In the new window click on device manager
  • In here look for network adapters and expand the selection
  • Right click on the driver and uninstall
  • Restart your PC and windows will reinstall the driver for you.

If this does not work then try and update your drivers.

If this does not work then either your laptop has a corrupted wifi driver or there is a misconfiguration with your wifi setup which you need to resolve.

Make sure the WLAN AutoConfig service is running in your services.msc program.

Update Your Wireless Network Drivers

To update your drivers you need to download and install a driver updating software on another computer and then move it via USB to the laptop that has no Wifi. DriverFix is a good program to download and fix this issue.

Another program you can download is called Restoro it’s a PC repair tool and it will scan and repair the issues on your computer in regards to security and wifi.

Conclusion

Wifi problems can be annoying but the fix can be as simple as finding a wifi switch or as complicated as having to renew your IP.

I hope by now you have fixed your wifi connection issue because we all know that laptops are nearly useless with no internet connection.

Dell laptops have some good wifi capability and most of them come with a manual wifi switch which you can toggle on or off. I recommend keeping the toggle on so that you don’t wonder why your wifi is not working.

With over 12 years of experience with laptops, Grayson Uppington has delved deep into the tech world, always learning and sharing. His top pick is the Lenovo Legion Slim 5, blending performance with style. Formerly a pro gamer in CS:GO, those tournaments sharpened his skills and heightened his appreciation for laptop potential.