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How to Fix Wi-Fi issues in macOS Sonoma and Ventura

When the Wi-Fi on your Mac isn’t working, it can be VERY frustrating. If you’re having issues, let’s look at some steps to resolve ‘em. Take these steps one at a time. If the first one doesn’t work, move on to the next.

Step one: Make sure you’re running the latest version of macOS.

Step two: Restart an app that can’t connect to Wi-Fi. For example, if it’s Safari, quit and relaunch the web browser.

Step three: Restart your Mac. In fact, anytime you’re having problems with your Mac, this is a good step to take. 

Step four: Restart your router. Unplug it from its power source, wait at least 15 seconds, then restart it. It may take a few minutes for it to reboot and reconnect to your Wi-Fi network.

Step five: Restart your Wi-Fi. 

Step six: Click the Wi-Fi logo at the top right of your Mac screen.

Wi-Fi slider
Wi-Fi slider

Step seven: Move the slider from blue to gray. Wait about 15 seconds, then move the slide from gray to blue.

Step eight: Disconnect and reconnect Bluetooth.

Go to the Control Center in the top right of your Mac’s screen and click on the Bluetooth icon.

Or, if you have a Bluetooth icon in your menu bar, click that icon to bring up Bluetooth options.

Bluetooth slider
Bluetooth slider

Move the Bluetooth slider from blue to gray to toggle Bluetooth off.

Wait a couple of seconds, then move the slider from grey to blue.

Step nine: Disable and re-enable your Wi-Fi network.

Click the Control Center icon in your Menu Bar and click the Wi-Fi icon highlighted blue. Or, click the standalone Wi-Fi icon in your Menu Bar and click the Wi-Fi icon highlighted blue next to the name of your Wi-Fi network. Whichever you perform, the icon will change from blue to gray, indicating that your Mac has been disconnected from your Wi-Fi network.

Wait a few seconds, then click on the Wi-Fi icon to connect to your network again.

If none of these options work, you’ll likely need to contact your Internet provider.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • Nothing new here. Anyone who has owned a Mac—at least since Snow Leopard—is well familiar with these mostly useless tips to solve a problem Apple seemingly cannot. (Give a call to MicroSoft for advice?)

    I mainly just go to restart to solve this MacProblem. It almost always works whereas the others tend to be time wasters. Sorta like defraging a slow Windows machine.

    One thing I have a question about though—which makes me sorta wonder if the folks giving this advice have ever tried it—how do you turn bluetooth back on if you are using a wireless bluetooth powered keyboard and and Magic Mouse? Do they somehow send magic moonbeams. I this case I have had to attached a wired MicroSoft mouse to turn it back on? Am I missing something?

  • This applies to all macs, not just the newfangled ones. I’m perfectly happy on High Sierra!