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5 effective solutions to fix Macbook’s wifi connectivity problems

Sometimes while using MacBook you may notice Internet connection (Wi-Fi) keeps disconnecting and reconnecting every 5 minutes or less. Or mac connected to wifi but no internet access, unable to visit web pages. A number of users report WiFi connectivity problem, “While start my Macbook Wi-Fi works perfectly, but after a few minutes, the Internet connection goes off. If I disconnect Wi-Fi and reconnect after a few seconds, the Internet connection works, but only for a few minutes, and then I have to disconnect and connect again.” There may be various reasons as to why your Macbook suffers from wifi connectivity problems. It could be from the latest updates, overuse, or just some bug in your Macbook’s software that needs to be fixed. But No need to worry here we have 5 effective solutions to fix your Macbook’s wifi connectivity problems.

mac wifi not working

First of all check your Wi-Fi connection with other devices (such as an iPhone, iPad, etc) to see if they also drop a connection. If they do then its time to check your network device and router or replace them.

If they connect fine, then reboot your Wi-Fi router, include your Macbook this may fix the problem if any temporary glitch causing the issue.

Try disconnecting Bluetooth. This is a fix that has worked for some people.

Bugs on OS can cause Mac WiFi Problems. To avoid that, make sure you update the OS X to the latest one. Again if the problem started after install latest updates, it may be a bug that comes from Macbook’s latest updates. You can opt to downgrade the version, or you can reinstall it instead. Many users have had success in reinstalling the OS update.

Run Wireless Diagnostics

You can use Wireless Diagnostics to analyze your Wi-Fi network. Follow these steps:

  • Close any apps you have running
  • Connect to the Wi-Fi network
  • Hold down the option key and go to the Wi-Fi status menu and select Open Wireless Diagnostics
  • Enter your administrator name and password
  • Now follow the steps to see whether any problems are found.

Run Wireless Diagnostics mac

Forget your Wi-Fi network

Sometimes you need to let go to reconnect again. That also works for Wi-Fi signals.

  1. Turn off Airport
  2. Go to Systems Preferences
  3. Network > Select Wi-Fi
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Select the network you want to disconnect from and click on the minus, then agree.

Do that on any other device you can’t connect with, and then start the process to connect to that network, entering the password, you should be connected again.

Forget your Wi-Fi network mac

Create a custom DNS

This is another effective solution, that works for any OS version of Macbook.

  • First of all Shut down all apps that require the internet
  • Now go to System Preferences
  • Click on Network option then Wifi
  • Here Click on Location and edit location
  • Click on the + sign to add a new location, type in any preferred name, then click on the Done button
  • Join the wifi network and type your password
  • Go to Advanced Settings > TCP/IP
  • Click Renew DHCP Lease and choose Apply when prompted

Renew DHCP Lease mac

  • Go to DNS and click the + sign
  • Type a new DNS server (Can be 8.8.8.8)

Configure DNS on mac

  • Go to Hardware and select Manually from Configure settings
  • Select Custom from MTU settings, and type in 1453 by the MTU number

MTU settings macos

  • Click OK and Apply settings
  • Now open the web browser and check you have a stable internet connection.

Reset your Macbook’s PRAM/NVRAM

Sometimes It may be your Macbook’s memory that’s causing the problem,

  • Shut down your Macbook and turn it on again
  • Press and hold Command, Option, P, and R keys until a gray screen appears
  • Release the keys once the Macbook restarts.
  • This will reset PRAM/NVRAM.

 Restart Wifi Preferences

Sometimes, your wifi settings just needs a fresh start. To restart it,

  • Create a new folder on your Macbook to store your old Wifi preferences
  • Switch off the wifi and go to Finder, then click Command, Shift, and G buttons together
  • Go to Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration
  • Select these files:
airport.preferences.plist
com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
NetworkInterfaces.plist
preferences.plist
  • Move those files to the folder your created, and delete them if you wish.
  • Restart your Macbook and see if that solves the problem

Did these solutions help to fix Macbook’s wifi connectivity problems? Let us know on comments below, also read:

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