How to Fix WiFi “Internet May Not Be Available” Issue on Android Phone?

Hi Darre,
Please help! My Samsung Galaxy S8 is connected to my WiFi network but it still can’t access to Internet. It says “Internet may not be available, connect to another network”.
Any help would be much appreciated!
John

Everyone with a Android phone has had moments where they’re presented with “Internet may not be available” when connecting to a WiFi network, and it’s possibly the most frustrating error to handle.

For one, it’s incredibly limiting – the majority of your smartphone features won’t work without internet access (e.g. messaging apps or general browsing). On top of that, if you have a data plan and your phone won’t connect to WiFi network, anything you do will use your data instead.

So, what can we do to fix this issue?

Part 1. Why Does My Phone Say “Internet may not be available”?

Based on the examples we’ve seen, and the users who have reported this error to us, we’ve found these to be the top reasons for internet may not be available.

#1. Outdated Firmware

Keeping your smartphone’s iOS/Android firmware up to date is incredibly important.

If you’re running out-of-date firmware then some aspects of your device, such as network connectivity, may malfunction or be unresponsive.

#2. Conflicting Apps/Services

Some apps and services have a lot of control over your device’s functionality.

This isn’t usually a problem, but if multiple apps/services are trying to modify your network connections at the same time, this creates a conflict and will cause problems.

#3. Network Misconfiguration

There are lots of considerations when it comes to network configuration.

When you connect to a website, DNS servers must respond to your device’s requests – if there is a wrong configuration on your end or the server end, a successful connection can’t be made.

Your reason might not be included on this list (for example, your device could have faulty hardware), but that doesn’t matter too much. The solutions you’re about to read are suitable regardless of why the error occurs.

Part 2. How to Fix “Internet May Not Be Available” on Android Phone

Now that we’ve got the technical talk out of the way, we can now go ahead and look at how you can approach fixing “Internet may not be available”.

1. Restart Phone

The absolute first thing you must try is restarting your phone. Sometimes all you need to do is restart which prompts your smartphone to reload the firmware. If any errors were preventing the firmware from establishing a network connection, this will quickly fix the problem.

samsung galaxy s20 power menu

We can’t give specifics about restarting your phone since all smartphones have different manufacturers. Usually, keep on press the power button, there will be as Restart option.

2. Change DHCP Mode

We won’t get too complicated when discussing this, but the DHCP mode is critical when your device is connecting to a network. By manually adjusting your device’s DHCP mode, we can ensure that the right settings are in place.

Step 1 – Open the Settings app and go to the Wi-Fi section.

Step 2 – Tap and hold the network you are having issues with, then tap Modify Network.

Step 3 – Tap on Show Advanced Options and set the IP Settings option to Static.

change wifi dns android

Step 4 – Set the DNS addresses to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4, respectively.

3. Reset Network Settings

Another way you can fix the “Internet may not be available” issue is by resetting the network settings. This is basically just a way to factory reset the network settings (so that they’re the default values) without factory resetting absolutely everything.

Step 1 – Launch the Settings app and select General Management (or System).

Step 2 – Go to Reset and in this menu, tap on Reset network settings.

reset network settings samsung

Step 3 – Confirm this action and your smartphone will then reset, and you must connect to your networks again.

4. Check for Updates

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, outdated firmware can be responsible for a lot of smartphone problems. That’s why we’d recommend checking if a new version of the Android system is available to you and if there is, install it.

Step 1 – Open the Settings app and go to System > About Phone.

Step 2 – Tap on Software Update (on some phones you may have to go to Advanced to find this setting).

samsung software update

Step 3 – If an update is found, follow the instructions to download and install it.

5. Forget Wi-Fi Network

Although your Wi-Fi network might not be the subject of this issue, disconnecting your phone from the network completely then reconnecting it has proven to help with internet connection may not be available. Here’s how to forget a Wi-Fi network.

Step 1 – Open Settings and go to Wi-Fi or on some devices Connections.

Step 2 – Under the Wi-Fi section, tap on your home’s Wi-Fi network.

Step 3 – Tap the menu icon at the top of the screen and tap Forget network.

samsung forget wifi network

Step 4 – Wait a few minutes then connect your device to the Wi-Fi again.

6. Wipe Cache Partition

This method is a bit more technical than the others. Your smartphone stores some data in the device’s cache and it’s possible that this data is the problem that is preventing you from connecting to the internet.

Wiping the cache partition is what you can do in this case. And this won’t erase your data.

Step 1 – Start by turning off your smartphone.

Step 2 – To turn it back on, hold the Power button and Volume Down.

Step 3 – Once the Android system recovery menu appears, use the volume keys to select Wipe cache partition then press the Power button to activate this option.

samsung wipe cache partition

Step 4 – After the wipe is complete, select the Reboot setting and your smartphone will restart.

7. Switch Between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data

Another way of finding out where the problem lies, whether it’s your smartphone or the network itself, is to switch between Wi-Fi and mobile data.

To do this, just disable Wi-Fi on your device (this can be done through the Settings app or the notifications menu), then make sure your mobile data is turned on.

If you are then able to access the internet without any issues, the problem is your Wi-Fi network. If you still aren’t able to access the internet, your device has a problem.

8. Restart Your Wireless Router

Assuming that “internet may not be available” error is happening because of your Wi-Fi network having problems, restart your router.

Ideally, you should restart your router once a week – this can help prevent the hardware from overheating and also clears the router’s cache.

Step 1 – Turn off your router or unplug the power adapter.

Step 2 – Wait for between 1-2 minutes.

Step 3 – Turn the router back on and wait until it has established a connection to your provider.

Step 4 – After all the router’s lights have turned on again, check if your phone can use the internet.

9. Check in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is also worth checking. By putting your device into Safe Mode, all the unnecessary background services/applications that usually run will be disabled.

If you use Safe Mode and can gain access to the internet this way, either a service or application is causing the error and you’ll need to remove the culprit.

Step 1 – Hold the Power button on the side of your device.

Step 2 – Tap and hold Power Off on the menu that appears.

Step 3 – Tap Safe Mode to select this option and your device will restart in Safe Mode.

samsung s10 safe mode

Step 4 – After checking if the internet works, you can turn off Safe Mode by restarting your device normally.

This is one of the most effective way to fix “Internet may not be available” on Samsung Galaxy phones.

10. Disable “Smart Network Switch”

One of the ways that the Android system enhances the device’s performance is with a feature called “Smart Network Switching”. What this feature does is connect to the most stable network available to it.

For example, if you have a weak Wi-Fi connection but your device can connect to a stronger mobile data connection, it’ll switch to the mobile data. This could obviously be a problem and you might have trouble connecting to the internet, so here’s how to turn it off.

Step 1 – Launching the Settings app and go to Connections > Wi-Fi and tap Advanced.

Step 2 – Find the setting Smart Network Switch and swipe the slider so that it is off.

disable smart network switch

Step 3 – Go back and connect to your Wi-Fi again, and check if the issue is fixed.

11. Reset All Settings

Lastly, if none of these other methods fixed the internet issue, you can use the “Reset All Settings” feature. Don’t worry – this won’t delete your personal data (photos, videos, etc.). Rather, it is as close to a factory reset as can be without your data being impacted.

Step 1 – Go to the Settings app and enter the General Management menu.

Step 2 – Swipe down and tap Reset followed by Reset Settings.

reset all settings android

Step 3 – Type your device’s passcode to confirm the reset and tap Reset Settings again.

Step 4 – The settings reset process will take a few minutes and your device will restart afterwards.

Finally, check if the “Internet may not be available” error has been fixed.

Bonus: Signs of a Bad Connection on Android Phones

Of course, if you just have a bad internet connection, there’s not a lot you can do other than upgrade your broadband or get help from your internet service provider.

Some signs that you’re on a bad connection are:

  • When downloading apps or media, the download stalls at 0% and doesn’t move
  • When you open the Google Play Store, the page freezes with a “Loading…” message
  • When you are accessing the internet through a browser app, no pages load
  • You experience the signs above on multiple devices, not just a single device

If any of these signs appear, the chances are that the problem is with your internet connection.

Before you attempt any of the fixes we’re about to show you, connect your device to a different network and see if that fixes it.

Conclusion

Given that most of us use our smartphones for some sort of online activity – whether it’s streaming, gaming, or social media; we all use the internet in some way – it’s understandable that this is a problem that needs immediate solutions.

To resolve internet may not be available, the best advice we can give you is to make your way through the listed solutions. It won’t be long until you find the one which fixes the issue for you!

About Author

Darren has been passionate about ios devices ever since he got his first iPhone since 2013, while he was still a student in junior high school. He currently uses an iPhone 11 and iPad Pro, and he’s become the go-to guy for many of his friends who have mobile device unlocking-related problems.

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