If you’ve ever experienced your expensive LG TV not connecting to WiFi when you’re looking to stream a little Netflix or take advantage of the LG app store, you’ll understand why we felt the need to write this post. It’s not a fun experience, but it is often an easily solvable one.
Here are the top recommendations on how to fix your LG TV not connecting to the WiFi problem
- Power cycle your TV
- Change Time And Date Settings
- Change DNS settings to 22.214.171.124
- Turn Off Quick Start/ Simplink Features
- Straighten the wires leading to the Wifi module
That should do the trick.
Read on, and we’ll go through how to handle your LG TV not connecting to WiFi in case the method mentioned above didn’t work for some reason. Check out the list of the Best Streaming Devices on Amazon now! They are much smarter than your Smart TV and won’t have any issues connecting to WiFi.
Why won’t LG TV connect to WiFi?
When faced with a problem like your LG TV not connecting to WiFi, there are a number of potential culprits that need to be checked off one by one in order to find the problem.
Most WiFi connectivity problems can be remedied with a simple reboot of either the TV or the router, but occasionally it can be because of issues with your Internet provider, and very rarely, there can be physical hardware faults somewhere in your home network or TV.
If you are connecting to a network for the first time, double-check that you have the correct network and the password is typed accurately.
Troubleshooting LG TV not Connecting to WiFi
Now that we have talked about why your LG TV won’t connect to the WiFi, let’s get to the part that you all came here for, which is fixing the issue. We have prepared a list of the possible things to try. There are a few tips under the “Recommended” section, we want you to try them out first, if they don’t work, try the rest of them.
1. Change Time And Date Settings(Recommended)
I know this method sounds a bit strange, but some people out on the Internet swear by it, that’s why we have included this point. All you need to do here is to change your time and date manually and see if it works for you. Go to Settings⇒General⇒Date and Time⇒uncheck Set automatically⇒set your local time and date manually. Also, make sure you disable the automatic setup of the date and time on your TV.
2. Change DNS settings to 126.96.36.199(Recommended)
Changing DNS settings might also do the trick, so let’s try to do that, just follow our instructions.
- Go to Settings⇒All Settings
- Select Network⇒Wired Connection (Ethernet)/WiFi Connection
- Select the item that has the status “Connected to the Internet“
- You will see your current DNS server setting, click Edit below
- Uncheck the Set Automatically box
- Select the DNS Server field
- Enter “188.8.131.52”
- Click Save
3.Turn Off Quick Start/ Simplink Features(Recommended)
Some features that were meant to make your TV smart sometimes have the opposite effect. Let’s try tweaking a few settings to see if they were the culprits. On your remote, simply go to Settings>All Settings>General>Quick Start/Simplink>Off. After you do that, turn the TV off, wait a minute, turn it back on.
4. Straighten The Wires Leading To The Wifi Module(Recommended)
This seems complicated, but this exact solution has helped loads of people. All you need to do is to take the back of the TV off and remove the connector to the WiFi module and straightened the wires out with your fingers.
Here is what you need to do:
- Unscrew the back of your TV
- Locate the WiFi module and the ribbon cable with the blue tape over it
- Get rid of the blue tape and straighten the folded over WiFi ribbon cable
- Gently straighten any other WiFi module cables that seem bent
5. Use A 2.4 GHz Wireless Connection
Start with renaming your WiFi spot. It is an easy thing to try and it worked for some people with the same LG TV WiFi issue before. To do this, you will need to search for WiFi configuration and name your 2.4 and 5.0 wireless connections differently, then turn on your TV and connect to the 2.4 GHz wireless connection.
6. Check Your WiFi Network/Details
Before you begin poking around your TV, make sure that other devices in your home are connecting to the WiFi network. If nothing is connecting, the problem is unlikely to be with your TV. For this, try connecting your smartphone to the TV using a hot-spot feature and see if it works.
- The next thing to check is that your WiFi details are correct. Make sure your TV is trying to connect to the right network and that the password is correct.
- Check if your router has a maximum number of connections per channel set up. If this number is higher than your router is set up for, it won’t establish a connection. Turn off the devices you are not using, such as Xbox, and see if it helps.
7. Try Turning Your TV On/Off
It is always a good idea to try turning your TV off and on again. It’s something of a cliche at this point, but it’s a cliche for a reason. Simply turn your TV off, wait a few minutes, turn it back on.
8. Try Unplugging Your TV
This is a very simple, yet effective solution that has proven useful for many people. Just unplug your TV from the wall, wait about 1 minute, then plug it in again. This will reset your TV and hopefully fix the WiFi problem.
9. Use Ethernet Cable
Let’s try to use an Ethernet cable to connect your TV directly to the router. I did this before regarding a similar issue, and it did help with establishing a WiFi connection to my LG TV.
10. Reboot Your Router
Try rebooting your router. Routers can develop connection issues over time as they are left running for long periods. Sometimes a simple power cycle can put things right. Before you begin poking around your TV, make sure that other devices in your home are connecting to the WiFi network. If nothing is connecting, the problem is unlikely to be with your TV.
- Keep your router plugged in>Find its reset button>Use a paperclip to hold down the reset button for 30 seconds>Release the button>Wait for the router to power back on.
If all fails to work, you will probably need to consider buying a new WiFi module.
11. Check if Your Software Is Up To Date
Sometimes there might be some new updates available that might fix your problems, go to the Settings of your TV, and check for the available updates.
12. Check For The USB Sticks
It is possible that the USB hard drive connected to the TV might be the cause of the problem. Try removing all the unnecessary devices from your TV and see if it works better.
13. Check For Any Interference
It is not a very likely scenario, but I think I should mention it anyway. Some electronic devices can cause your WiFi connection to fail. Check for the following:
- You have a few routers on the same frequency. Such interference can often occur when you live in a block of flats. Try changing the frequency and see if it helps.
- Make sure that there are no electronic devices, such as microwaves, placed near your TV or router.
14. Get a Streaming Stick
This requires you to spend some extra money, but you will certainly fix your problem. Getting a streaming stick like Amazon Firestick or Roku is much cheaper than trying to get new parts for your LG TV or a new TV altogether. Streaming sticks are renowned for being much smarter than Smart TVs.
15. Factory Reset
The last thing we think you should try in case all the above methods have failed you is to factory reset your TV. It will bring your TV settings to the moment your TV was brand new out of the box. Go to Home>Settings>General Menu>Reset To Initial Settings.
Fixing LG TV not Detecting any WiFi Connections Issue
Assuming you have made sure your WiFi network is active and accessible by other devices and that your WiFi is enabled on the TV, if your TV is not registering any WiFi networks, the most likely cause is a faulty WiFi module. If your TV is still under warranty, it would be best to get your retailer to handle things. If you don’t have a warranty to fall back on, and you are comfortable taking electronics apart, some LG owners have had luck removing the WiFi module and reseating it. Failing that, replacement modules can be found online.
Fixing LG Smart TV WiFi Won’t Turn on Issue
Your WiFi refusing to enable on your LG TV is a problem that can often be fixed by rebooting your TV; however, in some cases, you may need to do a full power down and restart. If neither of those things works, unfortunately, you are probably looking at a faulty WiFi module. You can also try doing the following:
- Reset your TV/Router. Unplug your TV from the wall, wait about 1 minute, then plug it in again. This will reset your TV and hopefully fix the WiFi problem. Keep your router plugged in>Find its reset button>Use a paperclip to hold down the reset button for 30 seconds>Release the button>Wait for the router to power back on.
- Turn off Quick Start/Simplink features. On your remote, simply go to Settings>All Settings>General>Quick Start/Simplink>Off.
- Factory reset your LG TV. On your remote, go to Home>Settings>General Menu>Reset To Initial Settings.
Fixing LG TV”Could not establish a connection to the access point” Issue
Unfortunately, the remedies for this specific problem are no different from the WiFi not turning on the issue.
- Reboot your TV
- Create a guest network, give it a password, and see if it works
- Reboot your router
- Unplug the modem, wait for 30 seconds, plug it back in
- Disconnect the port connection for 10 seconds and reconnect it again
- Make sure your password is correct
- If all else fails, you may have a faulty WiFi module
How to Reset WiFi on LG Smart TV
The easiest way to reset the WiFi on your LG Smart TV is to power down your TV. If you want to be extra thorough, you could disconnect the power supply and leave the TV for a minute or two to ensure it is properly powered down.
How to Connect LG Smart TV to WiFi
To connect your LG TV to your WiFi network, power up your TV, and, when it is ready, hit the Smart, Menu, or Settings button, depending on what remote you have. Find the Network submenu and hit “Start Connection“. From there, your TV should automatically search for WiFi networks. If everything is working, it should prompt you for a password. Once that’s entered, you are good to go.
Why is Your Smart TV Not Connecting to the Internet?
If your Internet is working fine and other devices can connect to it, there may be a problem with your LG TV (see solutions above). It is possible-though unlikely-that you could have too many devices on your home network, and that is causing your TV to fail to connect, but few homes have so many wireless devices that their network can’t keep up. Check out the list of the Best Streaming Devices on Amazon now!
Losing (or not being able to gain) WiFi connectivity on your smart TV can be frustrating, but there are usually simple fixes for this kind of problem. It is important not to get too disheartened if the first couple of things you try don’t work. And, remember, rebooting things work more often than you might think.
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