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How to reduce Wi-Fi interference on your iPad (or iPhone)

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If you feel you’re getting more Wi-Fi interference than other iDevice users in your area (considering that if you’re in an area with a lot of open networks, a small amount of this type of interference could be normal behavior), you can take a few steps to troubleshoot the problem and reduce the interference you are experiencing.

Step One: Forget Old Networks

Forget Wi-Fi NetworkIf you have the information for a lot of local open networks on your phone (or tablet) and you are not using them, you will want to take them off of your iPhone. Under Wi-Fi Networks in Settings, click the blue arrow icon next to the network name you want to remove, then select “Forget This Network.”

Step Two: Reboot

Sometimes a simple reset on both ends will do the trick. If you have control of the network, simply follow these steps.

  1. Turn off your iPad (or iPhone).
  2. Shut off your modem and router using the instructions provided in your user manual. If (like most of us) you didn’t keep that manual, just call the tech support for your wireless provider and they should be able to help you out.
  3. Reboot the network.
  4. Turn your iPad (or iPhone) back on.

Step Three: Block Interference

If you are in a location you can control, consider moving your router to a more central location in your home, away from thick walls and sheet metals. This will make your signal come through better, and reduce the ability of outside signals to get in.

Enjoy your new Wi-Fi.

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