iPhone Says Wi-Fi Password Is Incorrect? Look Here

iphone says incorrect password for wifi

Q: "Let me try this another way... when I try to connect wireless, iPhone asks for the password. iPhone says it's the wrong password. I double/triple checked the password and it's right. HELP!" - teetime112 from Apple Community

Wi-Fi connection is so important in our everyday life that once we fail to connect it, it feels like we have disconnected from the whole world. That is true. We depend on network severely. However, many iPhone users may confront with the situation where iPhone says Wi-Fi password is incorrect even though it is correct. This circumstance could cause big troubles. Therefore, this article aims to introduce 8 effective methods for you to solve this problem.

Part 1: Clear Wi-Fi Network

When your iPhone says incorrect password for Wi-Fi repeatedly, calm down and take the first step: forget your Wi-Fi network you've joined to.

Step 1: Open Settings app in your iPhone;

Step 2: Tab Wi-Fi and then choose which network you want to forget;

Step 3: Click the blue information icon "i" near to your network;

Step 4: Select Forget This Network and then press Forget to confirm.

Now you are able to reconnect your network. Reenter your Wi-Fi password and check whether your Wi-Fi is available or not.

clear wifi network

Part 2: Reboot Router

Another possible way to solve your Wi-Fi problem is to reboot your router. Chances are that you could get into Wi-Fi trouble when your router gets busy. Therefore, restart it and check if your Wi-Fi password works now.

Part 3: Disable Wi-Fi Assist

Wi-Fi Assist is on by default. It helps you connect to the internet smoothly even though you have a poor Wi-Fi connection. Disable your Wi-Fi Assist can sometimes help you solve Wi-Fi Authentication Error.

Step 1: Go to Settings in your iPhone;

Step 2: Choose Cellular;

Step 3: Scan through the list of apps until you find the Wi-Fi Assist button;

Step 4: Switch the button off.

Now you can retype your Wi-Fi password.

Part 4: Reset Network Settings

Another rather easy but effective way to solve your problem is to reset your Wi-Fi network settings.

Step 1: Go to Settings app in your iPhone;

Step 2: Tab General;

Step 3: Scroll down the screen and find Reset;

Step 4: Hit Reset and then choose Reset Network Settings.

Note that after resetting your network settings, all your previous stored information about your network will be deleted including Wi-Fi passwords, APN (Access Point Name) and VPN settings, etc. Prepare to type them later so that your network can function properly again.

reset network settings

Part 5: Force Restart iPhone

Force restarting can always be a useful way to fix many kinds of iPhone issues. iPhone keeping saying Wi-Fi password is incorrect is no exception. Ways to reboot your iPhone vary from your iPhone version.

For an iPhone with Face ID, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus:

Step 1: Press and then release the volume up button quickly;

Step 2: Press and then release the volume down button quickly;

Step 3: Press and hold the side button;

Step 4: Release the button when the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus:

Step 1: Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the volume down button;

Step 2: Release them when the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE (1st generation):

Step 1: Press and hold both the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button;

Step 2: Release them when the Apple logo appears.

Part 6: Update iOS Version

Old iOS version could be unstable and cause some problems. Generally, Apple will optimize its system to fix some possible bugs. Therefore, if your iOS version hasn't been updated recently, you can go to Settings in your iPhone. Enter into General. Click Software Update and choose Download and Install. Go back to see whether your Wi-Fi has gotten back to normal.

Part 7: Fix Wi-Fi Password Verification Error with No Data Loss

If all of the above have been checked out, and still your iPhone says incorrect Wi-Fi password over and over again, you can try to fix it with Joyoshare UltFix. It is specialized in repairing iOS system problems. It is not only able to support iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Apple TV, but also capable of fixing more than 30 common iOS system issues such as iPhone keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi, stuck on black screen, stuck in DFU mode, iPhone disabled/bricked, iPhone crash, iPhone keeps restarting, iPhone won't charge, etc.

Key Features
  • Support iOS 13
  • Fix Wi-Fi authentication error with data preserved
  • Repair more than 30 iOS system problems
  • Enter/exit recovery mode with one click for free

Step 1: Download Joyoshare UltFix from its official website. Then you are able to connect your iPhone to computer and begin to run this program;

connect iphone and run joyoshare ultfix

Note: You can also simply click Enter Recovery Mode button appearing in the main interface of this program. Press Start to move into next step.

Step 2: Here you can choose either Standard Mode or Advanced Mode to repair your Wi-Fi authentication error. Under standard mode, you are capable of fix Wi-Fi password verification problem with no data loss;

choose repairing mode

Step 3: In case that your iPhone fails to be detected successfully in the beginning, you can also set your iPhone into DFU mode or recovery mode manually in this step after selecting device model. Press Next to continue;

set dfu or recovery mode

Step 4: Having confirmed your iPhone info, you are allowed to click Download at the right corner of the screen to get ready to download firmware package;

download firmware package

Step 5: When the downloading process has been completed, you are able to press Repair to unzip the package. Wait for a few minutes and Joyoshare UltFix will help you fix your iPhone saying Wi-Fi password is incorrect time after time.

start to repair wifi authentication error

Part 8: Prevent Network from Automatically Connecting

Sometimes your iPhone will connect open Wi-Fi network automatically. However, this could put your iPhone at risk of exposing your sensitive personal information. As a consequence, you need to stop your iPhone from joining them. By doing so, you can launch Settings app in your iPhone. Tap Wi-Fi. And then click the blue information icon "i" next to the Wi-Fi network you want to disconnect. Then you are able to turn the Auto-Join switch off. Of course, after the switch has been turned off, you can select the particular Wi-Fi network you want to join in.

turn off auto-join


Besides such listed solutions to fix the problem that iPhone says Wi-Fi password is incorrect repeatedly, many other methods may be useful as well. For example, you may be able to fix your Wi-Fi password verification error by checking Wi-Fi blacklist or changing security option in your router. Find out whether your network has been blocked. If the answer is yes, then you need to remove it from the blacklist. Also, by changing the security option, you can open your network to anyone, including yourself, so that you can reconnect to your Wi-Fi. Hope that you may found them useful to you so that you can fix your problem as soon as possible.


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