How to reset network settings on Android

How to reset network settings on Android

If you’re having trouble connecting to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device on your Android smartphone or tablet, it might be time to reset your network settings. This could remove any conflicts. To do this, you will need to follow these steps.

Before we begin, a word of warning. Problems with Android fragmentation are well known and documented, where even the settings menu can vary from device to device. Thankfully, many Android makers are now choosing to use the “stock” Android interface (or something similar) for their devices rather than customizing them with a custom interface.

If you’re not sure which steps to follow, follow the steps for ‘stock’ Android, as they are likely to match (or closely match) what you will see on your device to achieve the same end result.

Reset network settings on stock Android devices

If you are using a device with “stock” Android (8.1 Oreo or newer), it means that you are probably using the Android interface provided by Google (or something very similar) and you should follow the steps below to reset your network settings.

Samsung device owners, however, will need to follow the steps in the next section.

To start resetting the network settings, open the settings menu. You can do this by tapping the “Settings” app icon in the app drawer. Alternatively, swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up the notification panel, then tap the gear icon in the top right corner.

  • In the “Settings” menu, tap the “System” option.
  • Then, select “Recovery Options” to view the available options for recovering your device. You may need to tap Advanced> Recovery options, depending on your device.
  • In the “Restore Options” menu, you can restore various system settings. To reset the network settings as a whole, tap the option “Reset Wi-Fi, mobile devices and Bluetooth” or “Reset network settings”, depending on the Android version.
  • You will need to confirm that you wish to proceed. Tap “Reset Settings” to begin the process.
  • Provide your lock screen PIN, password, fingerprint, or other form of authentication, then tap Reset Settings again to confirm.

Once completed, your Android device’s network settings will be reset to default settings and you should restart your device to complete the changes. You will then need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi or mobile network or re-establish any previous connections to your Bluetooth devices.

Reset network settings on Samsung devices

While most manufacturers are transitioning to Android uniformity with the “stock” interface, Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that continues to use their own interface (more recently called “One UI”) for Android smartphones and tablets.

If you are trying to reset the network settings on a Samsung Android device, start by tapping the “Settings” app in the app drawer. Alternatively, swipe down from the top of the screen to view the notification panel, then tap the gear icon.

  • In the “Settings” menu, tap the “General Management” option.
  • In the “General Management” menu, select the “Reset” option to view the available options for recovering your device.
  • Tap the “Reset Network Settings” option in the “Reset” menu to proceed to the next step.
  • Resetting the network settings on Android will erase all previous settings for Wi-Fi and mobile data connections, as well as all previously connected Bluetooth devices.
  • If you’re happy to proceed, tap the “Reset Settings” option.
  • You may need to confirm your identity with a PIN, password, fingerprint, or other form of authentication. Provide this, then tap “Reset” to begin the process.

After resetting the network settings, restart your Samsung phone or tablet. Once completed, you will need to reconnect to your devices and Wi-Fi or mobile network connections.

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