A common issue that is faced by mobile users who are connected to the Wifi is the Authentication Error. This issue is quite annoying while doing an important job. This issue is easy and simple to fix.
Why does the Wifi Authentication Problem occur?
The Android Wi-Fi authentication problem occurs when you unsuccessfully try to connect to a Wi-Fi network with the correct password. Rather than connecting and saving the password as would be the usual practice, the device pops up with a notification saying that it’s authenticating.
However, after a while, you see an ‘authentication problem’ or a note of the ‘authentication error’ pops up right under the network name.
The first thought is to make sure that the password name entered is accurate, since it among the leading causes of the WiFi authentication problem. However, if the user is confident that the password is the issue could be more complex than it seems.
An authentication error arises when you cannot connect your phone to a WiFi network successfully, even though you use the correct password. Under normal circumstances, if you have connected to such a network previously, your phone would automatically connect to the network.
Unless the aircraft mode is disabled unexpectedly, your phone won’t connect to a network. The question is more, however, occasionally. Several of the common reasons why you have a WiFi authentication error are as follows:
- Recent software upgrade
- Unstable network link
- The number of people has connected the Wifi Network.
Fixing the Wifi Authentication Error:
Reset your Android Phone’s Wi-Fi connection:
First of all, reset the connection between your Android device and your wireless router. You can delete the wireless network from your phone and reset the wireless link to most Android WiFi authentication issues.
Step One: Navigate to the Settings app on your phone, then scroll and find Network Settings. Select Wifi from the Menu.
Step Two: Under Wi-Fi networks, find the network that you want to connect to and long-press on its SSID. A menu will pop up with 2 options: Modify Network and Forget Network. For me its change password, it does vary from device to device.
Step Three: Tap on the Forget Network option.
Step Five: Reconnect the same network, and enter your password again. You’ll be able to authenticate and connect to your network if everything goes as it should.
Change the wireless network configuration.
Whichever device you connect to a wireless router, an IP conflict can cause the connection to go down. The same goes for Android phones, where you can encounter an authentication error with WiFi due to an IP conflict.
You can solve this problem with ease by changing your Android device’s wireless network configuration from its default DHCP configuration to Static IP.
Step One: Navigate to the Settings app on your Android device and choose Wi-Fi from Network Settings.
Step Two: Long-press or hold the SSID that you want to access and then choose the modify network configuration in the pop-up menu that appears. In some devices, this option will be named as modify network connection.
Step Three: Check the box next to show advanced options and then navigate to IP settings. Change from DHCP to Static. An IP Address field will appear below.
Note down the information included in the static IP address field then delete it, re-enter it again, and save the information. If you don’t know what the details are, contact your ISP to get the Subnet Mask, DNS, and IP Address.
Check if the Android device software is up to date:
Fixing Wi-Fi related problems can be as easy as keeping the latest software up to date on your Android phone. If you are delaying update files, you might be facing bugs that are fixed in the update file that you have delayed.
Step One: Navigate to the Settings app on your Android device and scroll down to find the ‘About phone” tab.
Step Two: Find the menu option named “System Updates”, or “Updates”, which should show the available updates for your device. Some devices also have a separate System Updates tab in the Settings menu, or as an entirely separate app. If you see any software updates available, download and install them right away and reboot your device.
Network settings reset on Android:
Sometimes the only way to fix an issue to reset the whole setting. This is an option that should be the last resort. Although this particular reset does not result in you losing any sensitive data, all information about your network will be wiped off. This simply means that all of the wireless networks you’ve connected to, all of the Bluetooth devices you’ve linked with, and the mobile will be wiped clean.
Step One: Navigate to the Settings app on your Android device and scroll down to find “Backup & reset”.
Step Two: Navigate to the “Network settings reset” option present in the Menu
Step Three: Tap on the “Reset Settings” button at the bottom of the page and wait while the process completes. When it’s complete, head over to the Wifi settings and try to connect again.
Restart the Router
Sometimes the good old way of fixing the issue is just restarting that device. Restarting the router does fix the issues as the ISP assigns it a new IP and a new node. This might fix any issues that are present from the ISP side.
Step One: Press the switch and turn off the wireless router. Wait for 30 seconds and then turn on the router.
Step Two: Wait and see if the bootup procedure is correct and how it connects to the fiber. Connect to the network now and see if the issue is fixed.
These steps are guaranteed to fix the issues but if the issue persists, maybe the user should head out to the Service Centre to get some professional help.