Resolve the issue if your phone is not detecting Router’s WiFi

WiFi Scan

Few days ago I faced a strange problem on one of my little old mobile phone manufactured by Sony Ericsson. It was not detecting my WiFi router’s SSID. Whenever I scanned for available Wifi networks, the required Wifi name was not showing up in the list. It was really a strange problem. On my other devices, iPhone 4s, Samsung Galaxy S3, my laptops, MacBook Pro 13″ and ProBook windows 8, I was not getting any such problem.

WiFi Scan

Before finding the exact reason behind this issue, I tried many workarounds. I even reset my phone to factory settings, reset the router but all in vain. The phone was successfully detecting the signals of other WiFi routers which were transmitting the signals around my home.

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Finally I found it was the wireless channel which was the culprit. When you open the settings page of any router, you’ll find the different options under Wireless. The names and options’ placement may vary from router to router. So it is better to consult the documentations of your router for the required information. I mostly use routers manufactured by TP-Link due to two reason. One, these are easily available in our area and secondly they are little cheaper than any other brands.

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When you open the Wireless settings page, you’d see Channel. The Channel determines which operating frequency the router will use to transmit the data. If you see any problem in connecting with the router or any issue with data transfer, it is always recommended to change the Wireless Channel number before looking for any other solutions.

So, when this Channel option was set to “Automatic“, my phone didn’t recognise the router’s SSID. But when I set it to any other number manually, the phone could see the router. Then I tried different channels and found that if the channel is above 9 or below 3, the phone was unable to detect the Wireless signals but if the channel is between 3 to 9, there was no problem in connectivity.

Wireless settings

I don’t know what’s the exact science behind it. But I think a little older phone models support few channels than the newer ones. In other words, the older devices support less operating frequencies than the newer ones.

So if you have a phone which is not detecting/connecting with the router but it can scan other routers, first change the channel manually to any other number before looking for more solutions.

I really spent a lot of time to find the exact cause, but I don’t want you to do the same. That’s why I am sharing this little tip today.

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36 Comments

  1. I was having the same issue. First I thought it was due to router because my phone was connecting successfully with other routers. Finally I purchased a new router.

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    • I tried a lot of fixes and finally this worked. I changed my channel to 7. Iam using D-Link DSL-2730U. Thank you man.

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  2. This is amazing… Thank you for your innovation, it works successfully..

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  3. I had the same issue and it got resolved now …..Thanks

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  4. I too have the same kind of issue with my xperia mini st15i sony erricssion mobile. Let me try out your tips. Thanks a lot. Regards

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  5. Thanks a lot! My phone used to work perfectly fine on my wifi, till one day chaos struck. Dunno what happened, started connecting disconnecting a lot and not recognising the network for long stretches of time. Your solution worked!

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  6. Thnx a ton man.
    I’ve been facing did problm for a li’ll longer & was tired of extensive searching. But now i’ve got a prfct solution by way of yours blog.

    ☺☺☺☺☺?????????

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  7. Thanks alot.. Same issue faced by me On my New Motorola Moto g 4th gen plus. Now its working.

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    • My Motorola Moto g 4th gen plus also have same problem can you please share in detail how you did this…. i am not techie but will be able to do things if explained well :)\

      thanks
      Ashish

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  8. i experienced the same issue… and then i found ur blog, thank you loads!!!!

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  9. I faced the same problem that my Android phone was not detecting my owm WiFi, but, it detected other’s. I had tried many other methods viz., resetting the phone etc., without any success. Tried your solution by manually selecting the channel instead of ” automatic.”
    It instantly worked. Thanks a million.

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  10. I have the same problem in my HUAWEI mate 8, but I always had my router on channel 1, and my phone detected my WiFi perfectly since I got it two weeks ago. But it stoped detecting it all of a sudden! I don’t know what to do.

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    • I think the problem is with your mate 8, either at software level or at hardware. It’s better to get it checked by a qualified technician. I don’t think there is any problem with your router.

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  11. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I put it 4 and bang it’s working :)

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  12. My huawei e5573s 606 modem is not detected by any devices pls help me

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  13. Do i need to reboot my router after every change of channel number?

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    • No, you don’t need to reboot it. But it may vary from router to router.

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  14. Thank you. This tip was really handy. Saved me many hours of frustration

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