How to Fix WiFi Wont Turn On – For Any Android Device

As we know, by enabling the mobile data connection, we can easily use the internet through the android mobile. Other than this, by using the Wi-Fi feature of the latest mobile device, you can also use the internet. These are the only two ways by which you can use the internet through your android mobile phone. But, most of the users have noticed that sometimes the Wi-Fi feature does not work properly on their device. Mostly, it happened with those users who does not have sufficient balance of mobile data connection. So, to get rid of from this problem, we will discuss that how to fix WiFi wont turn on the issue.

But, some new users of the Android smartphone do not have an idea that how to activate the WiFi or sometimes they get WiFi authentication problem. So, for those users, we are also going to discuss that how to turn on the Wi-Fi feature.

By pulling down the notification panel, you can easily find the option of Wi-Fi to activate it. To activate it, you just have to tap on it. You can also turn on the option, by going into the Settings of the device. After going into the Settings, on the next display, you can see the Wi-Fi option. So, to enable it, just tap on the toggle which is at in front of the option. You need to enter your WiFi password to login.

But sometimes, because of some reasons, the WiFi option will not be activated. So, here we will also mention the reasons behind it and their respective solutions. 

Why WiFi Wont Turn On?

First of all, we are going to discuss the possible reasons behind why the WiFi won’t turn on. So, we will list up the possible reasons by which may your WiFi is not turning on.

Why WiFi Won’t Turn On

  • Low memory space on the Android device. To turn on the Wi-Fi, your Android device must have free space more than 45 MB.
  • If the Power Saving Mode is enabled on your device, then this feature does not turn on.

After discussing the possible reasons, now we will go ahead with some better solution of the same issue. By using which you can easily resolve the issue of why Wi-Fi will not turn on.

Whichever the solutions mentioned below is applicable only for the Android mobile users. All the below solutions are according to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android device. But, other users do not worry regarding the solutions. Because the process may be different, but the steps are almost same. You can follow the steps to fix your WiFi problems, and let us know if you encounter any problem.

1.) By Clearing the Memory (Only for Samsung Devices)

Clearing the Memory is one of the best solutions to fix this issue on your mobile phone. To erase the memory of your Android smart device, you just need to follow the below steps.

  • First of all, press and hold the home button from your Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile.
  • Now, you should see three different option at the bottom of the display. From which, tap on the button which is looking like the broken disc.
  • It brings you to the next display. There is four option lies at the top of the screen. In which, the third option is of RAM. Tap on that option. It shows you the RAM status as well as RAM manager. On the same display, you should see the option of Clear Memory at the bottom.

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  • Tap on the option of Clear Memory. As you touch on that option, you should see the change in the RAM status. It will free up the memory space on your device.

Above process will clear the memory from your Android device. After following above process, if you still notices the same issue, then go ahead with the further solutions.

2.) By Rebooting

The rebooting or restarting of your Android device, you may get rid of from the Wi-Fi issue. You also have to follow some additional steps after rebooting the device. So, for that, take an overview of the steps that we are going to mention below.

  • Enable the Airplane mode on your Android phone. You can do it by pulling down the notification panel. By going into the Settings of the device, you also allow to turn on the Airplane mode.

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  • Then, switch off or power off the phone. For that, long press on the power button. It prompts you for what you want to do. Here, select the option of switch off or power off.

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  • If your device has the facility of a removable battery, then remove the battery from the phone. Keep your mobile in the same condition for next 3 to 5 minutes. But what about the users whose phone does not have the option of a removable battery? So for those users, it is a good idea to keep the device in power off condition.
  • Then, insert the battery in the device. Now, power on it by pressing the power button for awhile.
  • After starting on the mobile, now try to enable the Wi-Fi.

If it enables, then go ahead. But, if you still facing the same issue that WiFi won’t turn on, then try the next fix.

3.) By Performing the Factory Data Reset

The Factory data reset will erase all the data from your smartphone. Along with the resetting of the Google Accounts, you will also lose all the data or files from the phone. So, before performing this process, you should backup all of your important data. However, you can set auto backup on your smartphone, which will silently backup and restores your data.

  • Unlock your Android smart device and go to the “Settings” by opening the Menu.
  • Here, you should easily find “Backup and reset” option which lies under the Accounts option. After finding it, tap on it to open it. (For the Samsung Galaxy S4 device.)
  • Here, under the tag of Personal data, you should see an option of “Factory Data Reset.”

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  • Now, to perform the Factory Data Reset process on your device, tap on it. Say YES to any prompts, if coming.

By doing so, you will perform the factory data reset process on your device. Now, try to turn on the Wi-Fi option from your Android phone. If you seem that there is still some issue, then try another trick that we will mention below.

4.) Turning Off  WiFi from Service Mode

In this trick, you would have to take help from the dial pad of your mobile. So, here we will describe the process by which you can easily perform this trick. This method will lead you to solve the Wi-Fi enabling issue on your device.

  • First of all, open the Dial pad or Dialer.
  • Now, dial the number *#0011#. After dialling this number, it shows you a different display. It means you are entering into the Service Mode.

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  • Now, tap on the left side button from the home button. It also opens a pop-up along with some options. In which, tap on the WiFi option, which lies at the bottom.
  • Turn off the WiFi option.

Then, come back to the home screen of the smartphone. Now, try to enable the Wi-Fi option. If it does not enable, then go ahead with the next process below.

5.) By Uninstalling the Third Party Apps

In the Android device, most of the issue comes due to the third party apps you have recently installed. So, it is a must to finding out them and after that uninstalling them. But, the most important thing is that how to find those apps. To find the third party apps, you will have to enter into Safe Mode.

So, here we will mention that how to enter into safe mode and how to find third party apps.

  • Turn off your mobile.
  • Then, press and hold the Power key.
  • It will prompt you with the option of Power off, Restart and Airplane mode. Now, tap and hold the option of Power off, which comes by pressing the power button.

Checking And Uninstalling the Third Party Apps

  • It will again prompt you with a pop-up of Reboot to safe mode. To entering into safe mode, press on OK.
  • After tapping on OK, the device takes awhile to turn on into Safe mode. If you have done above steps properly, then you can see safe mode text at the left bottom corner.

After entering the device into safe mode, the device will not allow the apps to load more. It will automatically disable the third party apps. So, after some time, again turn on the device into the normal condition. Now, turn on the option of Wi-Fi feature. If it enables, then Ok. But, if it does not, it means, there is some third party app, which still causes the issue. So, now uninstall that app or apps, that you have recently installed on your Android smartphone.

6.) By Checking that Airplane Mode is Enable or Disable:

Sometimes, if the Airplane mode is active on the device, it also may occur this issue. So, it is one of the excellent things that you have to deactivate this feature. So, you can directly do it from the notification panel. For that, you have to pull down the notification panel. Mostly, the Airplane mode option will be at the first position. If it is not at the first position, then check all the option. If you notice that the Airplane option is lighted with the green colour, then tap on it to deactivate.

You can also deactivate this option by another method. Check that another method below.

  • Go to the Settings. > Connections. Here, you can see the fourth option is of More Networks. Tap on this option.

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  • On the next display, you can see that the first option is of Airplane Mode. In front of the option, there is a box with a check mark. To deactivate this feature, just tap on that box.

So, after deactivating the Airplane mode, now try to activate the WiFi feature on the device. If still, you notice that the problem comes continuously, then try next to fix.

7.) By Updating the Old version of Android Firmware:

Sometimes, the older version of the Android firmware on the device may also be the reason of this issue. So, to get rid of from this issue, you must have to update the latest firmware version of the Android. As we know that, nowadays the users can easily upgrade the most recent firmware version through their device.

For all the users, we will also be discussing the method by which you can also upgrade the firmware. Check it below for an easy update to the latest Android firmware on your smartphone.

  • First of all, unlock your Android device and launch the Menu of it.
  • Then, go to the Settings app.
  • Here, by scrolling down the display, find the option of About device which comes under the section of System. Tap on it, to go into the option.
  • On the next display, you can see the first option of a Software update. Tap on it.

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  • Here, tap on the option of Check For Updates. It shows you the update of the Android OS if any will be available. Then press on Upgrade or Update option to do so. If any prompts come, then say OK or Yes to it. Some devices also prompted you to grant your permission for the upgradation. In short, say Yes to all the prompts, if comes.
  • If your device is updated with the latest update, then it shows text as your device is updated.

So, now we are going to complete this discussion which is on Why WiFi Won’t Turn On. As a solution to the issue, we have listed Seven tricks, by which you can solve this problem. As per your simplicity and as per your requirement, you are free to use any of the tricks. Your Android device can easily perform all the above tricks within itself.

We hope that this discussion will be useful to you as well as your device. If it works for you, then also share it with others who are facing the same issue of Wi-Fi.

Last Updated On: March 24, 2017

About Mukesh Chauhan

Mukesh Chauhan is an Engineering Student, who loves to write about technology and gadgets. Currently he is studying and working as an Editor on Theandroidportal.com
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