Fix: WiFi Not Working or Not Connecting After Android 13 Update

Android 13 has just been released with a slew of new features. The latest iteration of Android OS mainly focuses on improvements. As more devices are being upgraded to Android 13, the number of problems reported by users is also on the rise. Hopefully, these numbers will go down in the future. One such problem is related to WiFi which is not working for some users after they updated their device to Android 13. If you are also in the same boat, do not worry; in this article, we’ll be looking at various ways to fix the WiFi not working problem on your phone.

WiFi not working after Android 13 update

Besides the WiFi not working issue, Android 13 users have reported various problems. It includes the Tesla app key not working, fingerprint sensor issue, distortion on call while using earphones, preferred network type option missing, battery drain due to mobile network usage, wireless charging not working, and RCS not connecting for Google Fi users. As of writing this post, Google has acknowledged most of the issues I just mentioned; however, a fix for them is still awaited.

WiFi Not Working or Not Connecting After Android 13 Update, How to Fix?

Here are the solutions that should help you fix the Wi-Fi problem on your Android 13 phone. Note that the solutions are not limited to a particular brand. You can apply them on any device running Android 13. Without further ado, let’s move on to the first solution.

Solution 1: Restart Your Phone

Sometimes restarting the device is all it takes to fix common issues such as app freezes, app not loading, internet speed issues, and slow device issues. This age-old method can also fix the Wi-Fi not working problem on your Android 13 device.

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To restart your Android phone, press and hold the power button until the power menu appears. Select Restart and wait for the device to boot up. Turn on Wi-Fi and check if the problem is fixed.

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Solution 2: Turn the Wi-Fi Off and On

Turning the Wi-Fi option off and on can fix the problem if your device is not connecting to a WiFi network. It refreshes the Wi-Fi settings.

You can turn off the Wi-Fi using the control center. Or, open the Settings app, go to Network & Internet and turn off the toggle next to Wi-Fi. Wait for a minute and turn back on the Wi-Fi. You’ll see a list of available Wi-Fi networks on the screen. The device automatically connects to the saved Wi-Fi network. If it doesn’t, tap on the Wi-Fi name and let the device connect to the same network.

Solution 3: Connect to the same Wi-Fi on Another Device

Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your other device. If the connection is successful, your other device could be on the blocked list. You should open the router’s login page and check the blocked devices list. Remove your device from the blocked devices list and save the changes. Connect your other device to the Wi-Fi and check if the problem is fixed.

To open the router’s settings page, connect the Wi-Fi network, open a browser, and enter the router’s login IP address. In most cases, it’s 192.168.0.1. You can always see it on the back of your router.

Solution 4: Reboot the Router

There could be a temporary bug or minor problems on the router’s end. It can be fixed easily by rebooting the device. Access the router’s login page and locate the reboot/restart option to reboot the router. Tap on it and wait for the process to complete. Alternatively, you can remove the power cable from the main switch for a minute and plug it back to reboot the device.

Solution 5: Check Router Settings

Check Device Limits: If multiple devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the maximum number of devices connected to the Wi-Fi network are already connected. You can open the router’s settings and check this value. Many routers do not put a limit on the number of connected devices. So, if you do not see such an option, your router is one of them.

Check Connected Devices Status: Someone may have mischievously turned off internet access for your device. If so, you can’t access the internet on your phone via the same Wi-Fi network. You should open the router’s login page, go to the connected devices list and check the internet status of your phone. You should remove the download limit if set already.

Check Access Restriction: My router has an option where I can disable the internet connection for a device during a specified period on each or selected day. If you can’t access the internet at the same time on multiple days, chances are that this option is enabled. You can find this option on the Tenda router by going to the router’s settings page and tapping on Parental Controls.

Solution 6: Enable Auto Connect

The Auto Connect feature for Wi-Fi automatically scans and connects to the saved Wi-Fi network. This feature is enabled by default, but if it is disabled I recommend enabling it.

The Auto Connect option can be found on Google Pixel phones. In other devices, either this feature is enabled, or you’ll see the option with a different name.

Here’s how to enable Auto Connect:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Go to Network & Internet -> Internet.
  3. Tap on the gear icon next to your Wi-Fi network.
  4. Scroll down and locate the Auto-connect option. Turn on the option.

Solution 7: Disable Battery Optimizations

Enabling the battery saver mode limits the background processes to save more battery. It can also kill some background activities to preserve the battery. This feature works just fine most of the time, but it can also lead to the failure of some apps. Hence, for now, turn off the battery saver/optimization feature on your phone and check if the problem is fixed.

To turn off Battery Saver, open the Settings app, go to Battery -> Battery Saver and turn off the toggle next to the Use Battery Saver option. This step may vary from brand to brand.

Solution 8: Disable Mobile Data Always Active Option

The Mobile Data always active feature keep the mobile data active even when the Wi-Fi is turned on. This is done to ensure that you always have a high-speed internet connection. It’s quite common for the Wi-Fi network to drop sometimes, and if you are doing some important work on your phone, it can be a problem for you. In such a case, the phone switches from a Wi-Fi connection to the carrier network.

While this feature is useful, it does not as intended all the time. For now, you should disable the Mobile Data always active option, and check if it can spell out success for you.

To get the Mobile Data always active option, you need to enable developer options. To enable it, go to the About phone section and tap 7 times on the build number. Once the developer options are enabled, follow these steps to turn off Mobile Data always active option:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Go to System -> Developer options. The location of developer options differs from brand to brand. I am using a Google Pixel phone.
  3. Scroll down and find the Mobile Data always active option. Turn off the toggle next to this option.
  4. Open Wi-Fi and connect to a saved network.
  5. Check if the problem is fixed.

Solution 9: Use Default MAC Address

For those who are unaware of this term, a MAC address is the physical address that is used to identify each device on a given network. A device, by default, uses a random MAC address. Switching to the default MAC address can fix the Wi-Fi problems on your phone. Here are the steps you need to follow:

    1. Open the Settings app and select Network and Internet.
    2. Click Wi-Fi and tap on the gear icon next to your Wi-Fi network name.
    3. Tap on Privacy and select Use device MAC.

Solution 10: Reset Network Settings

If there’s anything wrong with the Wi-Fi settings, resetting the network settings can fix the problem. Before you do it, please note that by resetting the network settings, all saved Wi-Fi networks and paired Bluetooth devices will be removed. Hence, save the details first before going ahead.

How to reset network settings:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Go to System and select Reset options.
  3. Tap on Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
  4. Click Reset settings.

Once you reset network settings, turn on the Wi-Fi, tap on your Wi-Fi network, and connect to the network by entering the correct password.

Solution 11: Update Your Phone

Smartphone companies periodically release new software updates that, in addition to new features and improvements, contain fixes to previously known issues. Hence, updating the firmware version of your phone is a potential solution.

To update the firmware version of your phone, open the Settings app, go to the Software update section and install the latest update. Once the update is installed, check if the problem is fixed.

Final Words

Not being able to access the internet through Wi-Fi can be frustrating. In this blog post, we went through some effective solutions to quickly fix the problem. I hope you applied the fix and got the desired output. Let us know which method did the trick for you in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. I am having the opposite problem since the update- if I turn on my WiFi, my phone loses connection to the Network, and won’t make or receive calls or texts. Any suggestions?

    As I have to use my phone for work, this is a big issue.

  2. No fix .. Android 13 is a joke! Always something with updates .. been awhile sense 13 and nobody is fixing the problems .. apple starting to be apart of my inventory!

    1. Wifi on my Flip 3 started disconnecting and not reconnecting after Android 13 update. Did everything including factory reset. After reset, phone failed to connect to Wifi during set-up. Now I can only get Internet thru mobile data. Is there a way to revert back to Android 12?

  3. This is basic troubleshooting. Not the advanced kind that is needed for this issue. It’s specific to the new update and Google needs to fix it!

  4. Wifi on my Flip 3 started disconnecting and not reconnecting after Android 13 update. Did everything including factory reset. After reset, phone failed to connect to Wifi during set-up. Now I can only get Internet thru mobile data. Is there a way to revert back to Android 12?

  5. The connect icon of wifi is not active so I cannot connect to wifi even after trying all the suggestion given above. How to activate the connect sign? please help

  6. I am having the same issue. All of my smart plugs run on 2.4. If i cannot connect to 2.4, then I cannot add any other devices. It was fine until the Android 13 update. And I have already completed all basic troubleshooting.

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