iPhone 5 have been sold in millions but unfortunately many people are facing WiFi problems. We’re not saying that it’s a widespread issue but this problem is present in 2 or 3 devices out of 100. Apple support forum is full of complaints and the most popular thread has 0.5 million views with 3783 replies. Some users are noticing abnormal signal fluctuation and some aren’t getting decent browsing speed until and unless they get close to the router.
Apart from iPhone 5, iPad Mini and some previous iPhone models are also¬†experiencing¬†this¬†dilemma because¬†of iOS 6. Some people solved this headache by using simple software fixes or by changing router settings but others probably had faulty Wi-Fi antenna which made things worse for them. ¬†If you’ve faulty antenna or you think that it’s a hardware issue then we recommend you to visit nearby Genius¬†Bar and get it replaced. If you again get a bad phone then replace it again and again until you get the perfect phone. It might sound funny but this is the way it is. If you bought it from a third-party vendor, then¬†convince¬†them to do the same or get it repaired under Apple warranty.
This guide will help you the most if there is some software related issue or router¬†configuration and¬†compatibility¬†problem. In case of hardware problem you’ll have to do what we mentioned¬†earlier. Moreover, we’re not saying that this tutorial will¬†definitely¬†fix your issue¬†because this has become such a complicated case that it’s more like a hit or miss thing.
If your WiFi disconnects itself from the Internet Connection automatically then updating to iOS 6.0.2 / 6.1 might fix this bug. iOS 6.0.2 was specially released to fix this bug.
Here are few fixes which might help you to solve this issue.
1. Remove the case
You’ve read it right. Some of you might think that we’re joking but this is true. We know that WiFi is supposed to pass through walls and obstacles but this might not be true for your special iPhone 5. Some people solved signal fluctuation mess by removing the case. According to their¬†experience, it greatly improved their Wi-Fi speed. Try it and you might be in for a surprise.
2. Set HTTP Proxy to Auto
This trick has worked like a charm for many users. Choose your WiFi Network from settings and change “HTTP Proxy” to “Auto” from “Off”. This option is present under DHCP settings.
3. Reset Network Settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and choose “Reset Network Settings” option. After resetting, again connect to your Internet Connection. This method doesn’t have high percentage of success.
4. Reset All Settings
If the third option doesn’t work then try using “Reset All Settings” option in¬†Settings > General > Reset. Please note that you’ll have to change all default phone¬†settings¬†again manually after¬†performing¬†this operation. See if this fixes your WiFi issue because sometimes bad configuration of device can cause this problem.
5. Set up your iPhone as new phone
Backup your iPhone data via iTunes or iCloud. Restore your iPhone 5 with the help of iTunes. After restoring your device, set up your device as new phone. After setting it up, check if there is some improvement in Wi-Fi signals ans speed. After doing this, you can load your data on the phone via backup. This solution is going to help many people unless you’ve a hardware related issue.
6. Use Static Address Instead of DHCP
Head over to Settings> WiFi. Tap on the blue arrow of the Network to which you’re connected. Copy the DHCP settings like IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router and DNS. Paste them on the Static tab. Check if this solution fixes your problem.
7. Change Router Configuration
This is a bit tricky because for this to work you’ve to play with your Router configuration. It’s a bit funny too seeing that your Laptop, Computers and all other Apple devices work perfectly on this Router configuration but you’ll have to alter these settings just for this special device but this method proved to be successful for many iPhone 5 users.
Firstly, you need to head over to the Router settings page by entering a specific address in your browser. After that you need to enter your admin name and password. That specific address is different for different routers. Most D-Link routers with dd-wrt firmware can be accessed by entering 192.168.1.1 in browser address bar. Similarly, routers from different companies have different address.
Go to Wireless Settings page and try your luck with different “wireless¬†network modes” like Mixed, BG mixed, B-Only or G-Only. Firstly set your channel to “Auto”. If that doesn’t work then try different channels like 2.4GHz or 5GHz etc. In Wireless Security settings “WPA Personal”¬†security¬†mode with AES¬†encryption¬†has done the trick for many people.