Cannot connect to public WiFis after upgrading to iOS 11.3

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by tkwlee, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. tkwlee, Mar 31, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018

    tkwlee macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    I can connect to WiFi with password but not the ones in malls requiring authentication after upgrading to 11.3 for my iPhone X. Just see the pic below.

    Resetting network setting doesn’t work. How can I solve the problem?

  2. embotix macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2016
  3. ectospheno macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2005
    If a guy setup a booth across the street from you with an ethernet jack and a big sign that said "Bob's Free Internet" would you cross the street and plug your laptop in?

    This is essentially what you are doing each time you connect to "free wifi". Food for thought.
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    There are various ones that people can certainly make use of at least for certain things and plenty of people protect themselves even more if they need to use such a service through the use of something like VPN, for example.
  5. ectospheno macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2005
    If you can afford a good vpn then you can afford a real data plan and skip the wifi entirely.
  6. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    False equivalences almost make for good deflections.
  7. Banglazed macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    I had no issue connecting to Starbucks and other free WiFi. If you're tight on your data plan, you can use WiFi Anywhere-Hotspot Analyzer app which will detect free public WiFi with their associated password.
  8. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    in similar situations it sometimes helps to click the circle i button and "Forget this network" and then try re-joining. the issue could be improper settings on the wifi setting itself and this will give you another fresh chance to join it.
    if that doesn't work, the more drastic option is to Settings/General/Reset/ Reset Network settings. but this wipes out all your stored network settings.
  9. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    I’ve had this issue for a long time for Wi-Fi connections at well trusted places. If you let it sit for about 30-60 seconds you’ll see it connect then go to or any webpage and it’ll throw you to the walled garden page where you accept terms or in the case of some pages enter your login info or passcode to use the Wi-Fi.

    Not sure why only post connect with pages do this but it did it in iPhone 7+ and iPhone X for me since iOS 10 early days. Super annoying. Not sure why it does it. Resetting doesn’t work just waiting it out and it’ll connect will eventually work.

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