A faulty Wi-Fi is a sure-shot way to grind your gears. There are a lot of ways your Wi-Fi may be acting up. when that happens, you will not be able to access the internet and look at all those magnificent trending memes. Good thing we’re here to help. We have listed a couple of major causes and solutions that might be causing your Wi-Fi to act up. Here’s how to fix Wi-Fi not authenticating on Android.

What Causes Wi-Fi Authentication Failed Error on Android?

Here’s the thing. If I could tell you there is this specific problem that is causing the authentication failed error, I definitely would. Unfortunately, I can’t. There isn’t a single specific thing that causes this error. But we know what are some of the major things that cause authentication errors. Here are they:

  1. Poor network.
  2. Wrong password.
  3. Faulty network hardware.
  4. Corrupted network settings.
  5. Conflicting frequency bands, etc.

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How to Fix Wi-Fi Not Authenticating on Android?

Fortunately, there are a bunch of fixes you can try to get rid of the issues. And all of them are fairly easy to perform so don’t worry. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

  1. Enable Airplane Mode. This is the first thing you should always do when you’re facing any networking issues. This is also useful if you have problems with cell reception. Turing the Airplane mode on and then off will reboot all the wireless connections and then re-establish the connections.Fix Wi-Fi Not Authenticating
  2. Restart your Android (and your Router too). This is the go-to solution for most of the minor issues on Android. A simple reboot and eliminate a lot of headaches.
  3. Remove network. You can try and fix the issues by forgetting the networking you’re trying the connect to. You can do this from Settings > Wi-Fi > Open Wi-Fi network settings > Forget Network. Then, you can try and connect to the network by entering the password again. Also, double-check if the password is correct.
  4. Reset network settings. This is a step above removing the network. Unlike removing networks, resetting network settings will delete every information there is about the Wi-Fi network. The only downside is you cannot choose which ones to delete, once you tap the button every network data is deleted. To do this, go to Settings > System > Resent Options > Reset Wi-Fi, mobile and Bluetooth. If you’re using MiUi, the option can be found inside Settings > Connection & Sharing > Reset Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and Bluetooth.Fix Wi-Fi Not Authenticating
  5. Troubleshoot your network. Running a troubleshoot wizard on your Windows can help you identify the issue.
  6. Reset router. Resetting the router will delete any modification you have made on the network settings and reverts it back to factory defaults. On ISPs do not let consumers tinker around with routers so you might have to call your ISP and ask them to configure the router.
  7. Put different SSID for different frequencies. If your router can broadcast 2.4hz and 5hz, it would be wise to set up each frequency with a different SSID.
  8. Setup the network with static IP. More about this here.
  9. If nothing works, factory reset your device. Ultimately, the fault might be the device itself so you might have to contact the service center to have it fixed or replaced.


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