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Why is iPhone Losing Internet Connection: Top Reasons and Fixes

Author: Vladimir Brown

Watching a video on your iPhone can be fun, except if it keeps on freezing due to unstable internet connection. But don’t worry, you are not alone. Wi-Fi issues regularly occur, regardless of what mobile device you are using. The good news is there are a lot of ways to fix this issue.

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Why Do You Have an Unstable Wi-Fi Connection on Your iPhone?

If you are using a public Wi-Fi connection, then this problem could likely happen. Aside from being unstable, it’s also not secure. That is why you will need a VPN for iPhone and iPad to prevent cyber criminals from accessing your information.

There are a lot of reasons why your iPhone keeps on losing its internet connection. Usually, the problem is with your router or your phone. In order to know which is which, you could try connecting other devices to the router such as a game console, a laptop, or another phone. If they also experience unstable connection, then you can focus more on fixing your router. Otherwise, if they remain connected, then most likely, there is a problem with your iPhone.

Another alternative would be to connect your iPhone to a different network such as your neighbor’s or your friend’s or if you have another network at your home. In case it disconnects, then the problem is in your phone. Otherwise, if it has a connection, then there must be something wrong with the router.

What Should You Do If Your iPhone Does Not Have a Stable Connection?

Sometimes it can be frustrating to watch a movie in an iPhone that keeps on disconnecting. Although you can just download the movie and watch it offline. However, there are a lot of ways that you can fix an unstable connection.

But before doing anything else, you could try doing some of the simple and easy fixes. Check if your iPhone is not in Airplane Mode. Did you turn your Wi-Fi on? Are you still within the range of your router's network? Just in case, try to move closer to your router. Verify if you are connecting to the appropriate Wi-Fi network, and check if you have entered the correct password. Be sure that your iOS is updated.

If the solutions mentioned above did not work at all, then its time that you should do some actual troubleshooting. Although it is not necessary that you should do all of them, just try to determine where the problem comes from, is it on your router or on your iPhone?

Check if your router is properly functioning.

Verify if the LED lights are properly working. If not, then you should consult your router's app or the router's manual. It should contain some relevant information on how to troubleshoot it. If it does not have any, then you can ask help from the router's manufacturer.

Ensure that the router's firmware is updated.

If you have set up your router to automatically update, then you don’t have to do anything. If not and it’s been some time since you’ve updated it, then you must know how to update your router’s firmware. To do this, use a browser and go to the router's control panel or if it comes with a mobile app, then you can also use this. 

If there are no updates available, then most likely, your router is too old and the manufacturer does not make updates for it anymore. If this is the case, then you cannot ensure that the problem is with your router. The best thing for you to do is to buy a new one.

Power cycle the router.

You might think that this is complicated, however, power cycling your router is quite easy and it could be the solution to the problem that you are experiencing right now. All you have to do is simply unplug the router from the outlet. To give it enough time to completely power down, wait for at least 15 seconds before you have to plug it back in. Afterward, you can switch on the router.

Restart your iPhone.

Oftentimes, the best solution is the easiest and the simplest. Just turn off your iPhone and turn it back on again. Restarting your iPhone and your router might be the solution to your problem.

There might be signal interference.

It is possible that the cause of unstable connection in signal interference. That is why you should turn off those devices that caused this. Sometimes this occurs when your appliances and devices are using the same 2.4 GHz frequency that is used by your router. These devices include microwave ovens, other wireless networks, Bluetooth devices, etc. If it is impossible to turn them off, then you can just switch to the 5 GHz frequency.

I'm Vladimir, your guide in the expansive world of technology journalism, with a special focus on GPS technologies and mapping. My journey in this field extends over twenty fruitful years, fueled by a profound passion for technology and an insatiable curiosity to explore its frontiers.