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Different users who are now running iOS 17 on their devices are reportedly experiencing issues with their Wi-Fi. According to reports on various platforms and forums, problems can range from a device having slow Wi-Fi connectivity to not being able to connect at all.

Website 9To5Mac cited different users claiming to have the problem, saying in its report that it is specific to devices that have installed the iOS 17 update. That includes all the iPhone 15 models.

Some 9to5Mac readers have told us that they’ve been experiencing Wi-Fi issues since upgrading to iPhone 15 or iOS 17. According to reader David Chen, apps are unable to load content, or the connection feels super slow. 9to5Mac reader and app developer Willian Max also told us that he has noticed unusual slowness when his iPhone 15 Pro Max is connected to Wi-Fi.

Personally, I’ve been noticing the same issues with my iPhone. Despite being connected to Wi-Fi, my iPhone simply stops loading content in apps like Threads, TikTok, or even Safari. Sometimes, the issue disappears after a few minutes. In some situations, I have to manually disconnect and reconnect the Wi-Fi on my iPhone to get it working again.

Affected users shared that it could be noticed by comparing the Wi-Fi performance of other devices to iPhones running the iOS 17 update. However, it is unknown how widespread the issue is and in what particular version of iOS 17 this started, although some claimed to have noticed it with the iOS 17.0.1 update. The update was rolled out to resolve three actively exploited flaws.

On the other hand, users started reporting about the issue in late September. One particular thread claimed that it was observed in certain routers (Unifi UDR and U6 WAP; ASUS RT-AX82U, RT-AX86U, and RT-AX88U; CenturyLink Calix C844G, and TP-Link AX5400 Archer) but suggested a workaround by adjusting the Wi-Fi channel range to either 20/40/80/160MHz.

In another thread, a user shared finding a solution using an old TP-Link RE230 Wi-Fi range extender, adding Apple tried a diagnostic test on the affected device. “I’ve spoken with Apple phone support who had me run some diagnostic under their own device management profile on my phone and given some additional information on my network,” Redditor u/LiesToU shared. “Hopefully, they have the details they need to get a fix in the next few software updates. I’ve found my workaround that’ll work in the meantime so I hope everyone can as well.”

Another set of users claimed to be experiencing it due to VPN and problematic VPN profiles. Removing them reportedly resolved the issue in some devices.

Interestingly, the same issue was spotted by beta testers prior to the release of the final version of the original iOS 17 update. Apple still hasn’t commented on the matter, but we will update this article soon.


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