Xbox Won’t Connect To WiFi? Here’s How To Fix It

 If your Xbox won’t connect to WiFi, it means its functions are limited. Video streaming, multiplayer, downloads, party chats, and updates won’t be part of your gaming menu.

Different technical issues may cause the problem. Additionally, an unstable connection or competing devices on the same broadband may prevent you from joining Xbox Live services. 

Often, when Xbox won’t connect to Wi-Fi, the error appears on the Xbox screen. The system recommends both a power cycle for your router and your router, modem, or gateway device.

Moreover, there’re two general problems your Xbox may find:

  • Your Xbox can’t detect your wireless network
  • Your Xbox can’t see any wireless network

Xbox Won’t Connect To Wi-Fi Causes

These are the possible reasons why your Xbox Series or Xbox One can’t connect to your wireless network:

  • The Wi-Fi is Hidden: By default, a router broadcasts the network constantly so other devices can discover it. However, the Wi-Fi admin may have hidden the network, so your console can’t detect it. If so, you can enter the network details manually. 
  • The Wi-Fi Is Out of Range: Similarly, your Xbox may be too far from the modem. You can move it closer to fix your connection. 
  • Interferences: Other problems come because there’s too much interference. That means many devices are getting a broadband connection from the same router, or objects interfere with the signal. 
  • Equipment Problems: Many network problems come because your routers or modems malfunction. You can fix it with a power cycle or by changing the equipment. 
  • Reset the Xbox’s Network: If you have typed an incorrect password, a random bug may prevent the Xbox from finding the Wi-Fi. Other network bugs may prevent its functionality. We can try manually adding the network, and resetting the MAC address.
  • Xbox Issues: Lastly, your console may have hardware or software issues. There’re hardly any system configurations we can tweak to solve it, so the solution would be a power cycle, a factory reset, or repairs.

As you see, most issues are technical, so the solutions are limited. You would have to identify if your home devices have proper network connections or if all of your devices suffer from similar issues.

How to Fix Xbox Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi

Our solutions include all possible causes. We advise you to follow the troubleshooting, top to bottom, until you find the solution that works for you.

However, if you know your specific problem, feel free to scroll down until you identify your issue.

Before you go on, make sure to check the Xbox Live is running. If it’s down for maintenance or issues, you simply have to wait until Microsoft puts it back on.

Improve the Wireless Signal

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Wireless networks are convenient but not as reliable as using your ethernet cable. 

Electrical equipment may interfere with the connection. Other devices on the network may also interfere with the connection. 

In essence, if you’ve moved the router or the Xbox recently, and there’re large objects in-between, it could be a problem. 

As a result, the network won’t show up when you’re trying to connect your Xbox to Wi-Fi. So, here’s how to improve your wireless signal.

  • Change your setup and move the Xbox and the wireless router so that both are closer together.
  • Remove large objects like furniture in-between the devices. Walls, bookshelves, ceilings, and other large things can weaken the signal.
  • Place the router as high as possible.
  • Unplug interference sources like intercoms, microwaves, cordless phones, and similar.
  • Unplug third-party headsets, as they can cause a lot of interference
  • Unplug Bluetooth headsets from the Xbox. Because these two technologies are not compatible, if you’re using Bluetooth headphones on the Xbox with a trick, it may also cause interference.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi on other devices connected to the same network.
  • If you’re using a 5 GHz Wi-Fi, try switching to 2.4GHz.

Power Cycle Your Xbox and Your Router

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Power cycling both devices usually fixes the connection. In particular, if your Xbox used to connect to your network, but now it can’t, here’s the solution: 

  1. Turn off your Xbox by pressing and holding the power button for 10 seconds
  2. Unplug all of its cables for 20 minutes
  3. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds, while the cables are off, to drain the remaining power
  4. Turn off the router
  5. Unplug all of its cables for 30 seconds
  6. Plug the router back
  7. Plug the Xbox back
  8. Check the Wi-Fi connection

Use a Wi-Fi Extender

If you can’t put the router and the Xbox any closer, you could use a Wi-Fi extender.

These are devices that extend the range of your Wi-Fi without damaging the signal.

The ideal location would be halfway between the two devices. Check the video above to see how to install a Wi-Fi extender.

Check the Wireless Channel Width

Wireless routers may broadcast on various channel widths. Most broadcast on either 20 MHz or 40 MHz, and you can configure it with simple buttons.

The Xbox prefers a 20 MHz setting. So, make sure your wireless has a 20 MHz setting as well.

Check for a button or a switch on your modem or router to switch between 40 MHz and 20 MHz.

Check Your Xbox’s Network Settings

If your Xbox won’t connect to Wi-Fi, you can also check it has the right network settings.

The steps are the same for Xbox One or Xbox Series as both share the same user interface. Regardless, you should verify your network’s password and name. Then, you can use these credentials to manually log in to the Xbox. 

First, let’s check your network’s credentials on a Windows PC.

  1. Go to your PC 
  2. Click the Windows icon, and click on the gear at the left to open the Settings
  3. Open Network & Internet
  4. Open the Network and sharing center network-and-sharing-center
  5. Click on your Wi-Fi link
  6. Click on Wireless properties wireless-properties
  7. The Wi-Fi’s name is next to “Name” and “SSID”
  8. Go to the Security tab, and check the Show characters box to display the password security-tab

Now, here’s how to manually add the network on your Xbox:

  1. Turn your Xbox 
  2. Press the controller’s Xbox button xbox-button
  3. Go to Profile & system profile and system
  4. Go to Settings
  5. On the General tab, go to Network settings on the right panelnetwork settings
  6. Select Set up wireless network set up network connection
  7. If your network doesn’t appear on the list, click on Add wireless network, and type your network’s name. Otherwise, choose then network on the list add new network
  8. Type the password
  9. Press Enter

Reset MAC Address

In particular, updates on either the modem or the Xbox may cause network issues. The solution is resetting the Media Access Control (MAC) address:

  1. Turn your Xbox 
  2. Press the controller’s Xbox button
  3. Go to Profile & system 
  4. Go to Settings 
  5. On the General tab, go to Network settings
  6. Select Advanced settings network advanced settings
  7. Go to Alternate MAC address alternate mac address
  8. Select Clear clear alternate mac address
  9. Select Restart restart alternate address mac

Factory Reset the Xbox

If your other devices can find and use the Wi-Fi in the same room as the Xbox, you could be dealing with a firmware issue or a hardware issue.

If it’s a firmware issue, and you already reset the MAC address, it would be impossible to find the bug with Xbox’s UI. So, the solution would be restoring the factory to default to erase all random bugs.

Nevertheless, please make sure to power cycle the router and the console before the process. Luckily, we don’t need to do this through the Xbox’s Safe Mode troubleshooter, as there’re no wider problems like Black Screens or power issues.

Anyhow, here’s how to factory reset the Xbox One or Xbox Series: 

  1. Press the controller’s Xbox button
  2. Go to Profile & system
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Go to the System tab on the left
  5. Select Console info on the right panel console info
  6. Select Reset console. It will allow you to keep your data and apps. reset-console

Check the Network’s Signal Strength on the Xbox

A weak internet signal means the Xbox will have issues connecting to Xbox Live services.

You can check the network’s state like so:

  1. Press the Xbox button on the controller
  2. Go to Profile & system 
  3. Go to Settings 
  4. Go to the General tab
  5. Select Network Settings on the right panel
  6. Select Detailed network statistics detailed network statistics

The system will display the wireless signal strength with a pércentage number. If you get a number below 20%, that’s often too low to access Xbox Live services.

Your options, in that case, would be:

  • Improving your internet plan
  • Changing your internet service provider
  • Improving the Wi-Fi’s signal
  • Using an ethernet cable instead

Switch to Ethernet Cable

Ultimately, you can try using an ethernet cable to plug in your Xbox. If possible, an ethernet cable will be infinitely more stable.

In particular, if you play competitive games, latency, chat audio, game streaming, and general performance will be better.

However, if there’s no way to use Ethernet, consider using a network powerline adapter. It’s a device that latches on your Wi-Fi, so you can plug it near your console and then plug an ethernet cable into the device.

Take Your Console to Service

The Xbox Series and the Xbox One have a Wi-Fi chip/antenna. It may malfunction from physical damage, moisture, overheating, and random bugs mostly.

If this is the case, there’s nothing else you can do other than switching to an ethernet cable connection or taking the console to service.

You would know this is the case if you had already tried all of the solutions we listed to no avail.

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