How To Fix Blinking White Light On Verizon Router?(6 Ways)

Usually, the white light is what you want to see on your Verizon router at any given moment, since it indicates that the router is working just fine.

But if it keeps blinking, that’s a completely different story. Luckily, this is a common issue that can be fixed with a few simple steps, and in this article, I’ll show you how to do that.

What Does Blinking White Light Mean on Verizon Router?

Generally speaking, a white light that keeps blinking on your Verizon router means that the router is trying to boot up or going through its self-diagnostic mode.

It can also be caused by the reboot triggered through the app.

Solid white light means that your router has successfully booted up and is ready to send and receive Wi-Fi signal.

That is the type of light you want to see, and I’ll do my best to get you there.

Why Is Your Verizon Router Blinking White?

There can be several reasons why your Verizon router is blinking white.

The most common one is that the router was unplugged and then plugged back in, which reset it and made it go through the booting process again.

Other possible causes for a blinking white light include a bad connection, interference from other devices, power outage, a firmware update that’s in progress, or a problem with the router itself.

The white light normally only blinks during boot up, so if your Internet is working fine, you probably just have a defective LED light.

Luckily, all of these issues can be easily fixed with a few simple steps.

How to Fix Blinking White Light on Verizon Router?

Now you know the meaning of the white light on your Verizon router, together with what has caused this issue.

Now it’s time for troubleshooting and finally getting you back online.

1. Reboot The Router

First, try restarting the device. I highly recommend to start with this method because there is a chance you won’t need to do anything else to fix the issue.

To reboot your Verizon router:

  1. Turn off the router by unplugging it from the power source.
  2. Wait for about 30 seconds.
  3. Plug the router back into the power source.
  4. Wait for the router to boot up.

The solid white light will indicate that there is a connection and everything is working correctly.

While you are at it, check if your router feels hot. Overheating can be a major problem as well.

In this case, simply unplug the router from the power source as described in the previous steps.

But instead of waiting just for 30 seconds, leave your router disconnected for about 5 minutes, so it can cool down.

2. Power Cycle The Router

This method is similar to a regular router rebooting, yet it will also help get rid of any residual electricity stored in the router.

The router will cold boot itself when you power it back on, and hopefully the white blinking will be gone.

  1. Turn off your router by pressing its power button.
  2. Wait for 10 seconds.
  3. Unplug the power cable from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait for 10 seconds.
  5. Unplug the other end of the power cable from the router.
  6. Wait for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Plug the power cable back into the router first.
  8. Plug the other side of the power cable into the wall outlet.

After all the steps are complete, turn on your router, and give it a few minutes to establish a proper connection.

3. Restart With The Power Button

This way is the third variation of rebooting, so let’s try that next if the previous steps didn’t help you so far.

  1. Press and hold the power button on your router for 30 seconds.
  2. Disconnect the power adapter from the router, wait for 30 seconds.
  3. Plug the power adapter back in and hold the power button for 30 seconds again.
  4. Give it enough time to boot up before trying to connect to anything.

That should almost certainly fix the issue, if just rebooting did not help. If it didn’t, don’t worry, I have a few more things to share.

4. Disconnect/Reconnect The Cables

Sometimes the cables plugged into your router can come loose or get dirty or dusty.

This will prevent the router from booting properly and will cause the white light to blink.

To check the cables:

  1. Disconnect all cables, check if they are damaged or dirty.
  2. Blow inside the ports of the router to get rid of any dust.
  3. Clean or replace the cables if necessary.
  4. Place them back in gently, then turn on your router and see if the connection is back.

If you have a spare Ethernet, Coaxial or power cable at home, you can try swapping them and see if that helps get rid of the red globe issue.

You can even try borrowing it from a friend or a neighbor to test the theory out.

Tip: Try using a different wall outlet for a change. If you are using a surge protector, plug your router directly into the wall outlet.

5. Check For Software Updates

If you’re still seeing a blinking white light on your Verizon router, the next step is to check the router’s firmware.

It is possible that the firmware update didn’t finish correctly.

To check for the software updates on your Verizon router:

  1. Log in to the router’s Admin Web GUI.
  2. Click System Settings.
  3. Click Check for Software Update.
  4. If there’s a new firmware version available, download and install it.

Once the firmware is up-to-date, restart your router and check to see if the blinking light is gone, and you can finally see the solid white light that indicates that the booting process is complete.

6. Factory Reset Your Router

If you’ve tried all of the above, and you can’t seem to get rid of that blinking white light on your Verizon router, the last step is to reset the router to its factory settings.

This will erase all of your custom settings, so be sure to back up any important data before proceeding.

We will give you 2 ways of how to do it.

The first one will be performed through the administrative page of your router, and the second, simpler one, will involve you pressing the reset button on your router.

To reset your Verizon router through the settings:

  1. Log in to the router’s web interface.
  2. Go to Advanced settings.
  3.  Click Utilities > Save & Restore.
  4. Click Factory Default > Restore configuration.

Verizon routers usually have a button that restores the factory settings with one click.

To reset your Verizon router through the reset pinhole:

  1. Find a paperclip or any similar object.
  2. Press and hold the reset button at the back of the router for about 10-15 seconds.
  3. After a few minutes, your router should reboot and restore your connection.

Once the router is reset, try connecting to the Internet again.

Conclusion

If you are still experiencing the blinking white light on your Verizon router, there are a couple of things that you can do.

First, try restarting the router by unplugging it and plugging it back in.

Check that your router doesn’t feel hot, and inspect all the cables properly.

If that doesn’t work, you may need to reset the device to its factory settings. 

If nothing works, call Verizon or your local Internet provider to find out is there is a problem on their end.