Why won't my iPhone automatically connect to the strongest wifi network?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wannabelean, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. wannabelean macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    What are the possible reasons for this? I'm using an iPhone 7 plus. I'm on 10.3.2. This is somewhat a problem with my iPad as well.

    Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    What do you mean by automatically connect?
    If you are within range and you connected to that wifi before it will auto-connect.
    Are you having multiple wifi networks available that you connected to before and you want the phone to automatically keep switching from one to the other depending on your distance and how close/far you are from it?
  3. malikkamran macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2016
    yes depending on distance want it to switch to strongest
  4. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    The iPhone doesn't work this way. Never has.

    Even on jail-broken devices...I have a tweak which supposedly connects to the strongest wifi signal, but it doesn't always work as intended.
  5. wannabelean thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    Yes. For example my phone connects to a wifi network on a higher floor instead of connecting to a wifi network which is right beside me. The higher floor signal is like one bar and the one next to me is all 5 bars. For most times, I have to manually select the 5 bars network.

    Automatically connect reference was getting connected automatically to previously joined or known networks.
  6. mollyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2016
    My stuff does this too; our main router is in the basement and we have a repeater in the living room; the repeater is almost always stronger than the main router, but my devices usually connect through the main router first. Drives me bonkers. I've thought about deleting the main router, but we have a generator, so if the power goes out, the main router still works, and the repeater does not. Our password is very long and I don't want to fumble to find it in the dark if it comes to that, so I leave it in the connections.
  7. Hiperglow macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2017
    Have you tried giving them the same SSID, my issues disappered after I did that. Now it selects the strongest iPhone 7+ and iPad Air 2
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    As above, give your routers, or access points the same SSID but put them on different channels. This is to avoid interfering with each other. Now your phone or other device will automatically select the strongest signal. :)

    Larger networks are always set up with one SSID. As you move around you will switch to the strongest signal.
  9. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    This sounds like a good opportunity to mention my new favorite app which I found a few months back.

    @Applejuiced, I believe I mentioned it to you as well.

    WiFi Priority. It's in the app store.
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Yeah it's not going to happen if they have different SSID's.
    That's not an option currently.
  11. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    This is how my WiFi at home is setup, one downstairs and one in my office upstairs, both have the same SSID etc and it connects to whichever I am closest to.

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