How many times I saw forum topics named “WiFi no internet” or “WiFi connected but no Internet access”. So many various phones, PCs, routers involved, so many possible reasons of the problem and so many solutions that work in different cases. Usually the issue looks like the following: you select your WiFi network, the authentication passes normally and then you see familiar Connected near you WiFi network name. But the problem is that in a few seconds the notification No internet appears next to it. In such cases you can see:
- a yellow triangle with the exclamation mark on the network icon on Windows machines;
- Connected (No internet, secured) near WiFi network name or Wi-Fi has no Internet access. Tap for options in the notification panel on Android devices.
In this guide we collected all possible solutions that should help you fix the problem and get rid of No internet access error. We must admit that there is no nuclear solution to fix the problem in one click. That is why you have to try all methods listed below. Hopefully, one of them will work in your case. Do not skip steps.
Connected, No Internet under my Wi-Fi network name. What does it mean?
Basically this means that your client device (such as an Android phone or a computer running Windows) has successfully connected to your router, obtained a local IP address (for example, 192.168.0.101) but there is something that prevents the client device from connecting to WAN over the LAN. In most cases you can even gain access to other machines and devices on the local network, such as laptop, TV, NAS, watch films, view photos and listen to music from shared folders but you can’t open neither a website in a browser nor use apps like YouTube or Skype. Many of you may say “haha! the gateway address is missing or incorrect!”. But the things are not that easy. In a few minutes after you begin troubleshooting you will convince yourself that your Android phone, your Windows PC, your router and even the Ethernet cables can be the culprit. This doesn’t mean you should surrender and call the tech guy from your ISP. We advise that you first read this article and try our tips before you call them.
WiFi Connected But No Internet Access – 12 Solutions to fix the issue
1. Check if the Ethernet cable is properly connected to WAN port of your router
If the cable is not connected to WAN (Internet) port you will have working WiFi but no Internet connection. Ensure your ethernet cable is well-attached and the connector is not broken. Replace the patch cord is it is damaged.
By the way, the same issue emerges if you start the hotspot on your Android phone but forget to turn on mobile data:
As a result your laptop or PC connects to wifi hotspot but there is no internet on it.
Also check: have you paid for your Internet? Log in to your client area at your ISP’s website and ensure you have enough money on your account. Contact ISP support if necessary.
2. Reboot Your Router
Log in to the router’s web interface and reboot it to exclude the accidental glitch.
Besides that, you can power cycle the router by its “Power” button or by simply disconnecting its power supply from the outlet. A simple reboot is often a good fix to many WiFi problems and weird glitches. Read this guide if you cannot access the router settings page. You will find a lot of tips how to find out the router IP and finally do it.
3. Turn off Your Antivirus
From time to time antivirus programs turn out to be the reason of the notification Secured, No internet in Windows. Try to temporary disable protection and check if you have the Internet access. If the Internet works when you unload your Antivirus try the following solutions:
- disable its Firewall (or Network Shield) component.
- Go to Network settings > change adapter options > right click Wi-Fi > uncheck the driver of your antivirus.
Disabling your antivirus is not a fix itself. But if the Internet connected after you turned your antivirus program you can now think how to cope with problem. For example, disable the firewall component. We have never met such situations on Android, but you can also try to uninstall the anti-virus app on your mobile device to ensure it is not the culprit.
4. Change Wireless Channel
Log in to your router’s web interface, find the advanced wireless settings and change the wireless channel. Use the Android app called WiFi Analyzer to find the best channel to fix the problem with your WiFi hotspot:
5. Change Region
Sometimes incorrect region settings can cause issues with wireless network. In some cases you will have wifi but no internet. In other cases you can have unstable Internet connection with interruptions. Websites can not load and your browser will show “404”. Ensure you have selected your country or region:
6. Change 802.11 b\g\n Standard for Wi-Fi
Take into account that if you select 802.11 n only mode on your router old client devices (like old laptops, smartphones and tablets which don’t support N standard) will discover but won’t connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot.
In most cases it will be optimal to select 802.11 b/g/n mode (often it is called 11 bgn mixed):
Don’t forget to save settings!
7. Ensure You Have Proxy Disabled
The proxy is rarely used nowadays. In most cases you don’t need to specify proxy to gain access to the Internet. Very often malware sets up proxy to trick users into vesiting fraudulent websites. In this case you may experience the following problems with your Internet connection:
- websites load extremely slow;
- there are a lot of ads on all websites (ads are injected into normal websites, you are redirected to unwanted websites, third-party intrusive ads pop-up in new tabs and new browser windows as you click on any link);
- you can connect to WiFi but there is no internet.
Turn off proxy server in Windows:
Disable proxy on Android:
8. Repair Your Network Adapter to Fix “No Internet Access” on Windows 10
- Download Net adapter Repair All in One utility.
- Launch it as administrator.
- Click on Advanced repair:
- Agree to reboot:
9. Reset Network Settings on Android
To reset network settings on Android:
- head to Settings > System > Reset Options > Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth:
- and finally tap RESET SETTINGS:
- After that you will be asked to provide your security pattern to confirm the reset:
10. Update Network Driver on Your PC
You should try to update your Wireless Adapter Driver. It may fix some problems with WiFi.
a) First of all, we advise to search for new driver on Microsoft Update servers:
Downloading a new driver:
Finally you will see the message about the successful driver installation:
b) If this did not solve your problem, try to install a different driver compatible with your Wireless Network Adapter.
Click Browse my computer for driver software:
Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer and click Next:
Unsure you set the checkbox Show compatible hardware.
Select the driver that you want to try.
Click Next to install the driver:
11. Remove Malware
The issue can emerge because of malware presence. In this case all system settings will be ok, but your Windows PC will keep telling you Connected, No internet. Don’t skip this step even if you are 100% confident that your PC or phone is not infected. Malware can the culprit of the network problem that you still can’t fix. Use the best utilities to check your device for viruses, malware and adware and remove them:
If you have No Internet error on Android you should also check your phone for malware using Malwarebytes Security app for Android:
12. Reset Settings on Android or PC
Perhaps, this is the last solution to fix problems related to Wi-Fi and Internet access.
So, if you tried all of the above but there is still no Internet access you can resetting settings on your Android device or Windows PC to finally get rid of the issue. For that purpose on Android you should go to Settings > System > Reset Options > Erase all data (factory reset) and tap on RESET PHONE:
On Windows 10 you should launch the Settings app, then select Update & Security > Recovery and click on Get started in the Reset this PC area:
Share your experience in the comments. Tell us which solutions worked for you and fixed the problem.