No Internet Connection – Try These Common Fixes

Sometimes you are connected to the WiFi, but your browser can’t connect to the internet. The problem becomes critical when you can use everything but a particular app says no internet connection. 

The solution to this problem varies from device to device, app to app. There’s no universal solution to this problem; however, restarting the device is the only solution you can try on any device. 

Mobile Data – No internet connection

While traveling or walking outside, I often use mobile data. Because sometimes, there’s no accessible WiFi signal near you, and it’s the only solution. Even if you use mobile data, you can face this “no internet connection” occasionally.

Here are a few solutions that can solve the problem:

Turn on and off Airplane Mode / Restart Your Smartphone

Turn on Airplane Mode

Sometimes your smartphone can face various network issues, and it’s pretty normal. In that case, you can turn on airplane mode, which will disable all network connections. 

Wait for a few seconds and turn off airplane mode. Your device will reconnect to the network in a while. If the problem persists, you can quickly reboot to fix network issues on your device. 

Check if your internet package is valid

Check internet package

There’s validity for every kind of package. The problem is, when you have no active internet package, you won’t be able to use anything at all. Most of us activate monthly plans, and sometimes we forget to recharge on time. 

So, if the app you are using says there is no internet connection, you should first ensure you have an active internet package because nothing else can fix this issue besides a recharge. 

Wait for a while 

Sometimes the issue is on your mobile operator, and you can’t do anything but wait for a while. If the network is down, you can’t fix this issue from your end. 

Connected to WiFi but No internet connection

Restart The Router

Restart your router

Is the network not working? Just restart your router. It’s the easiest trick in the book. If you have never restarted a router, unplug the power source from the wall. Wait for a few seconds and plug it back. 

Why does this method work? 

Sometimes there’s some glitch on your router, or it just overheats. In that case, a restart helps the router to fix the issue. 

Reconnect to the network if one device is having the issue

There are multiple devices connected to a WiFi network. You may have multiple smartphones or laptops of your own. 

So, if you are connected to the WiFi but it says No internet connection, double check on any other devices connected to the same network. 

If other devices work fine, go to your WiFi settings and forget the connected network. Then reconnect again using the WiFi password, and it shall work fine. 

Check ISP Outage

The network could be down if your ISP has an outage in your area. There are several ways to confirm this issue. 

1)If you have an app from your ISP, you can launch the app and log in to your account to see whether there’s an ongoing outage in your area. Alternatively, you can use their website to confirm this. 

2) If there is an issue on the ISP’s end, your router will give you a signal that it can’t connect to the internet. For example, the Spectrum router will be blinking blue for a long time. Or the online LED on your modem will also blink. 

Disconnect VPN

VPNs are often used to access everything anonymously on the internet, even the blocked stuff. But sometimes, VPN can cause the problem, and it’s common. 

If you cannot access anything at all but are still connected to a VPN, kindly disconnect the VPN and try once again. 

Change the DNS

You can’t browse the internet casually if your requests aren’t going through; you can only access a website if you know its IP. Domain names such as networkholic.com won’t respond. 

That’s why all ISPs and network operators use DNS; you are using one now. You can’t access anything if there’s any issue with the DNS server offered by your ISP. 

But you can quickly troubleshoot this issue by installing the Cloudflare WARP app on your smartphone. Cloudflare is the largest public DNS server provider, and this website is also using Cloudflare. 

Install the Warp app on your smartphone and connect to the DNS server. It will route your requests through Cloudflare. If you can access the internet using Warp, the issue is on the DNS server you used previously. 

Restart your network

A router only transfers bandwidth from the modem. If the modem glitches, you can’t identify the issue by looking at the router. Sometimes your modem also requires a reboot. 

Here’s how to reboot your network: 

  • Unplug the power cord from both the modem and router. 
  • Plug in the modem and wait for a minute. Let all the LEDs be stable. 
  • Plug in the router and wait a few minutes. 

If the modem is signaling right and there’s no ongoing outage, you have to ensure your router is functional, and there’s only one way to do so. 

Wired Connection

But no, don’t connect the ethernet cable to the router. Connect the cable directly to the modem and connect the other end to a computer or TV, whichever is accessible. 

If the wired connectivity works fine, you have good and bad news. 

The good news is your network connection is excellent, and you can continue using the internet. 

But the bad news is your router is dead. You have to replace the router if you rent it from your ISP or buy a new one. 

If nothing works, you must contact your ISP, which is the last step. 

No Internet Connection – Windows PC

Uninstall TAP-Windows

Every VPN you install on your computer also installs additional applications to secure your connection. 

It’s a necessity for VPN applications to connect to their servers. One of those applications is called TAP-Windows. This application may remain on your computer even if you uninstall a VPN. 

Most people are unaware of this application, which can hamper your network connection if the VPN application is no longer available on your computer. 

Here’s how to uninstall this: 

  1. Press Windows + S key on any Windows operating system. 
  2. Search for the Control Panel and open it from the search results. 
  3. Click on Uninstall a program. 
  4. Find TAP-Windows and right-click on it. 
  5. Finally, click on Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions. 

Flush DNS

Every time you visit a new website, your computer saves the DNS request on its hard drive. You can see the same website faster if a DNS query is saved on your computer.

But corrupt DNS caches may end up causing some serious issues. You can’t connect to the internet if the problem is on the DNS cache. 

Here’s how to clear the DNS cache on a Windows machine:

  1. Press Windows + S at the same time.
  2. Type cmd and click on Run as administrator below the Command prompt application.
  3. Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.

Now try to visit any website and see if it works. 

Update Driver

You can’t connect to the internet without proper drivers. Be it WiFi or ethernet connection, and you need a compatible driver installed on your device.

If your network driver is corrupted, there’s no way you can connect to the internet. You can update the network driver from your device manager.

  1. Press Windows + S at the same time.
  2. Type Device manager and click on it from the search results.
  3. Expand the Network adapter.
  4. Right-click on your current network driver and click on Update driver.
  5. Then click Search automatically for updates. 

Use Troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows key and go to Settings.
  2. Click on Troubleshoot from the System tab.
  3. Click on Other troubleshooters under Options.
  4. Click on Run beside Internet connections.

Contact ISP

It is the last step, your last hope. And nobody wants to contact ISP if they can fix the problem on their own. But sometimes you are out of luck and need help to figure it out. 

They can walk you through quick fixes or send a technician to solve the problem. But I genuinely wish your problem was already sorted out and you learned some geeky stuff. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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