Troubleshooting Windows 11 Wi-Fi Not Working: Solutions and Fixes

The “Windows 11 Wi-Fi not working” issue. Many users have reported experiencing difficulties connecting to Wi-Fi networks or experiencing intermittent Wi-Fi connectivity. Here’s a solution for this problem:

Windows 11

Solution: Reset Network Settings

  1. Open the Start Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Click on “Network & internet.”
  3. In the left-hand menu, select “Wi-Fi.”
  4. Scroll down and click on “Advanced network settings.”
  5. Under the “Network reset” section, click on the “Reset now” button.
  6. A confirmation dialog will appear. Click on “Yes” to proceed with resetting the network settings.
  7. Wait for the process to complete, and then restart your computer.

Once your computer restarts, try connecting to Wi-Fi again and check if the issue is resolved. If not, you can try the following additional steps:

Solution: Update Wi-Fi Drivers

  1. Press the Windows key + X and select “Device Manager” from the menu.
  2. In the Device Manager window, expand the “Network adapters” category.
  3. Right-click on your Wi-Fi adapter and select “Update driver.”
  4. Choose the option to search automatically for updated driver software.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install any available updates for the Wi-Fi driver.
  6. After the update process is complete, restart your computer.

If outdated or incompatible Wi-Fi drivers were causing the problem, updating them may resolve the Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

Here are a few more troubleshooting steps for the Windows 11 Wi-Fi not working issue:

  1. Restart Your Router and Modem: Sometimes, the issue may be related to your network equipment. Turn off your router and modem, wait for about 30 seconds, and then turn them back on. Allow them to fully restart and establish a connection before attempting to connect to Wi-Fi again.
  2. Check Wi-Fi Signal and Range: Ensure that you are within range of your Wi-Fi network and that the signal strength is sufficient. If you are too far from the router or experiencing signal interference, it can affect the Wi-Fi connection. Try moving closer to the router or eliminating any potential sources of interference (e.g., other electronic devices, walls, or large objects).
  3. Disable Airplane Mode: Windows 11 has an Airplane Mode feature that disables all wireless connections, including Wi-Fi. Open the Action Center by clicking on the speech bubble icon in the taskbar or pressing the Windows key + A. If Airplane Mode is enabled, click on it to turn it off and re-enable Wi-Fi.
  4. Forget and Reconnect to Wi-Fi Network: If you are unable to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network, you can try forgetting the network and then reconnecting to it. Go to Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi, click on the network you want to forget, and select the “Forget” option. Afterward, search for available Wi-Fi networks, select the network you want to connect to, and enter the necessary credentials.
  5. Temporarily Disable Firewall and Antivirus: Firewalls or antivirus software can sometimes block Wi-Fi connections. Temporarily disable any third-party firewall or antivirus software on your computer and check if the Wi-Fi connectivity improves. If it does, consider adjusting the settings of your security software to allow the Wi-Fi connection.
  6. Perform Network Adapter Troubleshooting: Windows 11 has a built-in Network Adapter troubleshooter that can automatically detect and resolve common network issues. Go to Settings > Network & internet > Status, scroll down, and click on “Network Troubleshooter.” Follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter and apply any recommended fixes.

If none of the above solutions resolve the Wi-Fi not working problem, it’s recommended to reach out to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for further assistance or consult Microsoft support for advanced troubleshooting options.