If you are having trouble connecting to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device on your Android smartphone or tablet, it may be time to reset your network settings. This can remove any conflicts. To do that, you need to follow these steps.
Before we begin, a warning. Android fragmentation issues are known and documented, with even the settings menu varying from device to device. Fortunately, many Android manufacturers are now choosing to use the “standard”
If you are not sure which steps to follow, follow the steps for “stock” Android, as they will likely match (or closely match) what you see on your device to achieve the same end result.
Reset network settings on Stock Android devices
If you are using a device running ‘standard’ Android (8.1 Oreo or newer), it means that you are probably using the Google-issued Android interface (or something similar) and should follow the steps below to reset your network settings.
However, Samsung device owners should follow the steps in the next section.
Open the settings menu to start resetting your network settings. You can do this by tapping on the ‘Settings’ app icon in your app drawer. You can also swipe down from the top of your screen to reveal the notification shade, then tap the gear icon in the top right corner.
In the “Settings” menu, tap the “System” option.
Then select “Reset options” to view the available options for resetting your device. You may have to tap Advanced> Reset options instead, depending on your device.
In the menu “Reset options” you can reset various system settings. To reset your network settings as a whole, tap the “Reset Wi-Fi, Cellular and Bluetooth” or “Reset Network Settings” option, depending on your version of Android.
You must confirm that you want to continue. Tap “Reset Settings” to start the process.
Enter your screen lock PIN, password, fingerprint or other form of authentication and tap “Reset Settings” again to confirm.
Once this is done, your Android device’s network settings will be reset to the default settings and you will need to restart your device for the changes to take effect. You will then need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi or mobile network or restore any previous connections to your Bluetooth devices.
Reset network settings on Samsung devices
While most manufacturers are moving to Android uniformity with the “standard” interface, Samsung is one of the few manufacturers to continue to use its own interface (most recently called “One UI”) for Android smartphones and tablets.
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If you’re trying to reset your network settings on a Samsung Android device, start by tapping the “Settings” app in your app drawer. You can also swipe down from the top of your screen to reveal the notification shade, then tap the gear icon.
In the “Settings” menu, tap the “General management” option.
From the “General Management” menu, select “Reset” to see the available options for resetting your device.
Tap the “Reset Network Settings” option in the “Reset” menu to proceed to the next step.
Resetting your network settings on Android will erase all previous settings for your Wi-Fi and mobile data connections and all previously connected Bluetooth devices.
If you want to continue, tap the “Reset Settings” option.
You may be required to confirm your identity with a PIN, password, fingerprint, or some other form of authentication. Specify this and then tap “Reset” to start the process.
After you reset your network settings, restart your Samsung phone or tablet. Once this is done you will need to reconnect to your devices and Wi-Fi or mobile network connections.