Why Wi-Fi Showing Limited Connectivity in Android? How to Fix?

Have you ever faced an issue where your device is connected to Wi-Fi, but you are not able to use the internet. When you try to open web pages, they simply won’t open up. Also, you get to see an exclamation mark over the Wi-Fi icon. This is technically termed as Wi-Fi Limited Connectivity.

In this guide, I have explained why this issue may happen on your Android device and what you can do to fix it up. The solutions are quite simple and it’s effective in most cases.

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What is Wi-Fi Limited Connectivity.?

Limitation in connectivity means your smartphone, any Android device is in perfect sync with the available Wi-Fi network. However, Wi-Fi is not in connection with the internet. Hence, the webpages may not load properly.

How to Fix Limited Connectivity Issue of Wi-Fi.?

Now, that we know of the issue, let’s check out the solutions as well. Here we go in no particular order.

Rebooting the Smartphone

One of the most sought solutions is to restart your smartphone. So, to begin the troubleshooting it is better to try to restart your device and see whether the connection with the internet gets established or not.

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Changing Wi-Fi Privacy

There are basically two options for Wi-Fi Privacy. Simply switch from one to the other and then check whether the Wi-Fi is responding or not.

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi & Internet
  • Make sure you are using Wi-Fi (that the option should be enabled)
  • Go to Wi-Fi Preference
  • If you are actively connected to any Wi-Fi network, then scroll down to MAC Address Option. It is set to Randomized.
    Change the MAC Address to fix the Wi-Fi Limited Connectivity
  • Change it to Device MAC

Enable Network Provided Timezone your Android Device

  • Go to Settings 
  • tap on Systems
  • under that tap on Date & Time
  • There should be a toggle for Use Network Provided Time Zone
    Set network provided timezone
  • Tap on it to enable it

Set Network Usage to Unmetered

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi & Internet
  • go to Data Usage
  • Set the limit to Unmetered

Basically, this will not limit the availability of data or the internet after a certain limit of data is consumed by the user.

Try to Reset the Wi-Fi SSID

For the certain Wi-Fi network that causes limitations in connectivity, you can reset them.

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi & Internet
  • Under Wi-Fi tap on Saved Networks
  • Now you will see a list of networks saved by your device
  • Select the one that you wish to remove.
  • Tap on the option Forget.
    Forget SSID to fix Wi-Fi Limited Connectivity
  • Restart your device

Next, you have to request a connection to the same network which you forgot in the steps above. Reconnect and check whether now it works or not.

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Tweak the IP Settings

Try to change the dynamic IP of your Android device to static IP. For switching IP on your phone,

  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi & Internet
  • Go to the list of saved Wi-Fi networks.
  • Select the Wi-Fi that you are using
  • On the top right you should see a pencil icon. Tap on it.
  • A small dialog box will open up. It has an option Advanced Options. Tap on it.
  • A mini drop-down menu will show up with various options.
  • Tap on IP Settings
  • If it is set to DHCP change it to static.
    Limited Connectivity

Keep in mind that if the IP is dynamic or you are setting it to dynamic then you do not have to do any manual settings.

How to Set Static IP

  • Select any of the standard IP Addresses like 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255.
  • First 3 numbers will be the same [gateway should end with 1]
  • For the rest enter any number between 1 to 255.

You may also make use of Google DNS which values 8.8.8.8 and DNS 2 which you can set to 8.8.4.4.

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Reset the Smartphone Network to Fix Wi-Fi Limited Connectivity

The last of all methods you can try is to reset the network of your smartphone. It will take the setup back to the initial state when the internet setting was first introduced to the device after you put the SIM card in it.

  • Go to Settings > System
  • Under Systems > tap on Reset Options
    Limited Connectivity of Wi-Fi fixed
  • Confirm your SIM card for which you wish to reset

So, that’s it, guys. This was a basic troubleshooting guide that will enable you to fix the issue of the limited connectivity of Wi-Fi on your Android device. We hope that you found the guide useful.

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