How to fix iPhone XS Max that keeps losing WiFi signal?

Having problems with iPhone XS Max that keeps losing WiFi signal? It is a far more common occurrence that causes the Wi-Fi keeps dropping or it doesn’t connect to the said modem or router at times. Don’t worry because you are not alone. We usually receive many requests and comments from our readers requesting the solution for the WiFi that keeps losing the signal which is essentially a result of different aspects involved in the process. 

The primary reason why you would find it difficult to connect to the WiFi signal or if you are connected, the signal could drop abruptly and sometimes even constantly, it could be because you are just far from the router or there are a lot more obstacles between you and the router. Other possible reasons could be random technical snags or even firmware crash or it could be an intermittent issue as well. Guess what? If you are facing the same on iPhone XS Max or practically any other iPhone, you can refer to this blog that explains how to fix the issue before you can rush to a service center that must be your last resort if nothing else works. 

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How to fix iPhone XS Max that keeps losing WiFi signal?

Here are some practical troubleshooting solutions that you must try to fix the iPhone XS Max that keeps losing WiFi signal that must work.

Solution #1: Examine any intermittent issues

Well, I wouldn’t stress it more because most of the issues with WiFi can be due to glitches either on the phone or the router or the ISP could be responsible. It is common for ISPs to conduct maintenance work either by giving prior notice about a temporary outage or even without it. If the signal keeps dropping or you are not able to use the internet at all, give a call to the ISP to diagnose the problem. They might reset the settings on their end or send a technician to fix the problem on your end and hopefully, it will work.

Solution #2: Toggle the location of the router if it’s far

Routers and modems have a specific area of coverage that they are most effective in, however, as you move further from the router, the signal suffers weak strength and it continues until it becomes feeble that you won’t be able to use the internet via WiFi and instead you will have to resort to mobile data. In case if the signal strength is too weak, which is also a result behind why a WiFi keeps losing signal, you can try to work around the issue by shifting near to the router or move the router towards you since both of them have equivalent results. On the other hand, you can tweak the antennas if the router or modem you have deployed has two or more antennas that will broadcast signal to a larger area. If moving the router isn’t possible or moving close to it is not feasible as well, you can club the router with a WiFi range extender that will act as an access point that will extend the coverage area and thus, you will be able to use the WiFi in a comparative larger coverage area.


Solution #3: Check if there’s any obstacles or obstruction

As you might have understood, being closer to the router boasts the signal strength which affects it inversely as you move away. However, even if you are just near the router but across a wall in-between, you will face attenuation since wall obstructs the signal and halves the signal. Thus, the simplest way to stay connected to a Wi-Fi while staying away from it since that is what WiFi is for right? The answer will be to stay in the sight of the router where the signal is almost strong. You can also find the sweet spot for WiFi using your phone where you need to download any file while moving in your house to determine the sweet spot or you can use apps like WiFi Analyzer to find spots where the signal is strong.

Solution #4: Perform a power cycle on the modem/router

Router or modem could be active for days without a rest. Although these devices are meant to be active for days, at the end of the day, it is still an electronic device and thus, might suffer from overload or the firmware might crash or might attract or intercept bugs that could result in a slew of issues including the one that we are discussing here i.e. “iPhone XS Max that keeps losing WiFi signal”. The common troubleshooting method used here is to simply perform a power cycle on your router or modem and here’s how you can do it.

  • First of all, flip the router and press the power button to turn it off.
  • Next, you need to turn off the power supply via the AC adapter as well and keep it idle for a minute or two.
  • Next up is to turn on the plug, the power switch on the router and check if the WiFi is restored or not. 

Solution #5: Perform a power cycle on your iPhone XS Max

If the router can end up getting overloaded or bugged, your iPhone is an electronic device as well which is also susceptible to such temporary issues at times as well. If you are unable to connect or even detect an active WiFi network or if it is connected but keeps losing Wifi signal, here’s what you must do.

  • First of all, press the Side Power Button and either of the Volume rockers.
  • A slider will appear with the command ‘Slide to Power Off’ inscribed which you will have to slide to the right to turn off the phone.
  • Wait for a few seconds to turn on the device using Side or Power button and that’s all you need to do here.

Solution #6: Toggle Airplane mode

Toggling airplane mode can make the system work efficiently as it eliminates minor glitches especially related to the network. It is also used to fix any issues triggered due to irregular or intermittent WiFi issues as well and thus, it is highly recommended so why don’t you give it a try.

  • To enable airplane mode, simply drag down the notification panel and tap on Flight mode icon and keep it active for a few seconds before letting it go.
  • You can also go through ‘Home screen >> Settings >> Airplane Mode’ to toggle it ON and wait for a few seconds before letting it go as well.
  • Club it with toggling the WiFi switch as well to see if it makes any difference or not.

Solution #7: Forget and reconnect

The motive behind forgetting any network is to clear the clutter that has gathered with saving any networks which could get corrupted due to one or another issue. Saving too many WiFi networks could also invite bugs that could make the phone’s ability to connect to a new WiFi network a challenging task and thus, you need to fix it right away. For that, you need to forget several or almost all the networks and start afresh and here’s how you are gonna do it.

  • First up, go to the Home screen and navigate to Settings >> WiFi.
  • The second step is to tap on the information “i” icon posted next to any WiFi network’s SSID and select ‘Forget this Network’.
  • Repeat the same procedure for all the WiFi networks that you want to get rid of.
  • Try connecting to an available WiFi network to diagnose if the problem is sort or not.

Solution #8: Reset network settings

It is possible that the network settings might have automatically got overridden thus inducing the issues with your iPhone XS Max that keeps losing WiFi signals so here’s what you must do.

  • First up is to go to the Home screen and open the Settings app.
  • Next is to navigate to ‘General >> Reset >> Reset Network Settings’.
  • Enter the passcode if prompted and confirm the actions to complete it automatically.

Solution #9: Perform a master reset on iPhone XS Max

Regardless of what you do, if the Wifi problem persists, you need to perform a master reset on your phone. This is the last resort that allows users you to delete all user data and everything stores on the device including downloaded apps, etc. This is why I recommend users to take a backup of all the data beforehand to avoid losing any valuable or sensitive data from your iPhone XS Max.

  • To perform a master reset, go to the Home screen and proceed to Settings >> General.
  • Next is to tap on ‘Reset’ and search and tap on ‘Erase all content and settings’.
  • Here, the users might get a prompt to enter the passcode to complete the procedure and once done, you can simply reboot the device and there you have it.

Solution #10: Take help from the service center

This is preferably the last resort of any issues you might encounter on your iPhone including the issue that it keeps losing WiFi signal, etc. You can visit a nearby authorized service center to report the issue and get it fixed or you can turn towards a third-party service center which will be fairly cheaper but will void the warranty on the device, unlike the authorized one. Thus, you need to decide and then proceed with it.

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