iPhone 5 Unable to Join Network

January 8, 2013 | By Mike Nencetti | Filed in: Uncategorized.

This morning my iPhone 5 was unable to join my home WiFi network. My home computer, iPad 2 and my old iPhone 4 (now my wife’s “iPod Touch”) worked fine. I tried the normal troubleshooting on the iPhone. I rebooted, forgot the network, reset network settings, and still no connection. Then I decided to log into the router. I could not. A simple reboot of my home router, a Linksys E1000 fixed the issue.

The first step in troubleshooting “Unable to Join Network” – reboot the router.


6 comments on “iPhone 5 Unable to Join Network

  1. dennuis Hobbs says:

    Came home from the Apple store with a brand new iphone 5 which worked fine on their network. I tried to go on my network at home with the right password and it came up unable to join network. I went in to setting the and reset network settings works now

  2. Jon says:

    Thanks for the quick easy fix. My wife came to me because she couldn’t connect to our wifi. After reading your post, I rebooted her phone, and guess what. That’s all I needed to do. Sometimes we forget about the little fixes.

  3. Sheila says:

    I have tried everything…..and it isn’t working also this is frustrating

    • Sheila – is it just one router, or all routers? What router is this,and what is the security type? I have not experienced this issue since January. I might be able to help.

  4. Jim L says:

    I just got the 5S and I cannot connect with my ASUS router. My other iPhone 5, my iPads, my mac air all connect just fine, but this new one will not connect. I have no idea what to do now.

  5. Two fixes I have seen besides rebooting the router are – 1) “reset network settings” while in airplane mode. 2) Try a static ip address. I do not recommend either. For the Asus router issue I would like to know if the 5S can connect to other WiFi’s – also if the Asus is dual band, does it fail to connect to the 5G band. Have you tried changing the password. A big issue with IOS and WiFi networks, the connection needs to be forgotten if a router’s password is changed. Lastly, if it does not connect on numerous WiFi’s – bring it back.