Many iPhone and iPad owners who have recently updated their devices to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 faced the “Weak Security” warning in their Wi-Fi settings. Here is how to fix the problem.
What Does This Mean?
The ‘Weak Security” warning in your iPhone’s Wi-Fi settings means that your Wi-Fi network is using vulnerable technologies. It either uses the WPA as authentication method or TKIP as the encryption or both at the same time.
If you go to the network properties, your iPhone and iPad should be telling you “WPA is not considered secure” or “TKIP is not considered secure”.
And below you will find the recommendation “If this is your Wi-Fi network, configure the router to use WPA2 (AES) or WPA3 security type”
That is actually true. WPA (first generation) and TKIP are outdated security protocol and encryption respectively.
How to Fix the “Weak Security” Problem on iPhone with iOS 14?
If the router belongs to you or you by any means have access to its configuration page, you will be able to fix the error.
Step 1. Log in to your router settings.
Step 2. Go to Advanced settings (if available).
Step 3. Find the configuration section dedicated to Wireless Settings.
Step 4. Select
WPA2/WPA3 (if your router supports it) or
WPA2 only as your “Authentication Method” (a.k.a. “Security Mode”)
Do not select the
Step 5. Select
AES-CCMP as you encryption.
Do not select
Step 6. Save your router settings.
On some routers you need to first select WPA/WPA2 and then specify the WPA2 version below. It is a little bit confusing. Here is how it looks on TP-Link routers:
After modified these settings and rebooted your router (if prompted), reconnect to this hotspot from your iPhone (iPad). The warning should be gone.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are designed to alert you in case if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network with weak security.
That is very important to avoid such hotspots because your device may got hacked and your sensitive data can be eventually stolen.
We advise to switch your router to WPA2 with AES. In case if the router doesn’t belong to you, we advise to immediately disconnect from such network and forget it.