[Fix] WiFi won’t connect on Google Pixel 3 and 3XL Troubleshooting Guide

These two smartphones, Google Pixel 3 and 3XL support a bunch of connectivity features and it is conventional to encounter problems related to them. To access the Internet, we mostly rely on two sources, either we consume our SIM-based Internet data plan or use some WiFi resources. While connecting with a certain WiFi router, we find our struggle and our device won’t connect with it. In this tutorial, we’ll help you to fix WiFi connection problems on Google Pixel 3 and 3XL. We have different troubleshooting solutions to cure WiFi won’t connect problems on these two smartphones.

This is a general troubleshooting guide that helps to resolve different WiFi problems that can happen to Google Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones. If you are looking for a solution for a different Android problem, then you must contact us through the comment section below. We would provide an appropriate solution to the problems you’re facing. While writing to us, ensure that you provide as much as details about the issue you’re facing. If possible, you could share the snapshots too. That will help us provide more accurate solutions to your problems.

There could be different WiFi problems that you might be facing. Sometimes it happens that we try to connect to a certain WiFi connection and our device couldn’t connect with it. You might face errors like Authentication failed, an unknown problem occurred, no Internet connection after connecting to a WiFi network and similar ones. Till the time problem is linked to our phone, we can fix it through a general troubleshooting solution. If you’re unable to connect your Google Pixel 3 or 3XL to certain WiFi network, there’s nothing to worry about, we have got this guide to cover you.

No matter, whether you’re connecting to a new network or known one. These connectivity issues could happen randomly and there’s no way to justify the exact reason behind that problem. Therefore, during this tutorial, we will move from basic towards same advanced solutions to troubleshoot the connectivity problems on these two smartphones. Most probably, these problems should be fixed through the basic solutions. If that none of them work to resolve, you might need to format your phone. So, you should know that you would lose the data stored within your phone.

Before we start, you should verify that both the devices are working fine. You must ensure that the WiFi facility is working on each device. Though it looks easy, sometimes users realize this thing after attempting some troubleshooting. Now, we shall proceed further and apply different solutions to fix WiFi problems on Google Pixel 3 and 3XL:

Force restart your Google Pixel 3 and 3XL to fix WiFi won’t connect issues

Sometimes, your device just needs a reboot to fix most of the connectivity problems. The reboot process will refresh all the run-time services and programs. If there’s nothing causing problem, it would be resolved after a reboot. Apart from you the usual restart, we have one more option called ‘Force reboot/restart’. We will perform this reboot on your phone to see if the problem is resolved.

Here’s how you can perform force reboot/restart on your phone:

  1. Press and hold the Power OFF.
  2. Keep holding this button till your phone gets turned OFF.
  3. Then, release this button.
  4. Allow your phone to restart.

That’s how we usually perform a force reboot on Android phones. It refreshes almost all startup and run-time apps and services. Now, try to connect to the available WiFi network. This time, it should work or else, just keep reading this tutorial other solution.

Reboot WiFi router to find if that’s causing the problem

There’s always a chance that the device we are trying to connect is the one causing this problem. If you’re connecting to your home WiFi or friends’, you better have hands on that device as well. We recommend you to restart that device. If that’s the one causing trouble, this reboot should fix that. Basically, the routers are programmed to work on real-time processes. And just like our phone, they can malfunction as well or they create problems with certain devices.

Therefore, you should try to start that router. In case you don’t have the access to the router, you better try to connect a different device. If that connects successfully, that means the WiFi router is working fine. And there’s something not working properly on your phone.

If you find that other devices are able to connect to the WiFi network, follow the below recommendation. Hopefully, one of them should help you fix this WiFi connection problem on your Google Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones.

Forget WiFi connection and reconnect on Google Pixel 3 and 3XL

If you find other devices are able to connect them with the given WiFi network, then it is sure that the problem is with your device. The next thing you could do is to forget the WiFi connection that you’ve made. Then, reconnect to that network and fill up the password again. That will let you know if some changes related to password or something similar have been done or not.

Then, reconnect with that WiFi source. The following instructions should help you get through:

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Tap on WiFi Settings under Network and Settings.
  3. Now, tap Saved Networks.
  4. Then, select the WiFi Source and tap on ‘forget’ option.

This action will wipe off the saved details of this WiFi network. Now, give a fresh start and connect to the WiFi network again. Most probably, you shouldn’t any issue further.

Reset the Network Settings on Google Pixel 3 and 3XL

Just like we reset our phone when it malfunctions, we can reset the Network setting too. That won’t touch any other aspect of your phone. Performing this reset will wipe all the corrupt setting and files causing network related problems on your phone. Therefore, this action should ensure that all connectivity issues are resolved.

However, there’s one thing that you should consider knowing. This reset wipes all the data/login details and saved connections on the phone. That means all of your existing connections, including WiFi, Bluetooth and SIM network will be deleted.

So, you should write the important passwords of existing connections before you apply to this action. Now, just follow the below steps to perform this reset on your phone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on System>Advanced.
  3. Then, tap on Reset.
  4. Then, tap on Reset Network Settings.
  5. On the next screen, tap on RESET SETTINGS and confirm it once again.

That’s you’ve successfully reset the Network Settings on your phone. Thereafter, have your phone restarted. Now, connect to that WiFi Network and this time it should connect properly. The Internet service will work properly on your phone.

There are the basic solutions that you apply on your phone. If none of them worked so far, you can proceed further to some advanced doings.

Wipe cache partition on your Google Pixel 3 and 3XL to fix WiFi won’t connect issues

The cache files and data are associated with apps installed within the device. Each time we open an application, it generates some temporary files that store within the cache partition. Over time, this cache data become expired and turns into junk. These expired files and data cause multiple problems related to general performance and stability.

While we clear the cache partition on these two phones, it ensures that each and every application is refreshed to work normally. This action will calibrate the performance on your phone. If you’ve been using your phone for a long time, this action is recommended to you. There are many applications that keep accumulating the huge cache files. Wiping the cache partition would free some good amount of storage space within your phone.

Either you can →follow this tutorial or below steps to wipe cache partition on your phone:

  1. Turn off your phone.
  2. Now, boot into the recovery mode using this tutorial.
  3. Under the recovery mode, tap on ‘Wipe Cache Partition’ and wait till this action is completed.
  4. Exit the recovery mode on your phone.

Thereupon, your phone will restart and boot up normally. You should observe some performance improvements, and this must have removed the existing connectivity issues on your phone.

Thus, you should have settled the WiFi won’t connect issues on your Google Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones. If still you’re not able to connect and you’re pretty sure that WiFi device is working fine, you could factory reset your phone.

Factory reset Google Pixel 3 and 3XL to fix WiFi connection problems

You must think this solution as the last thing you could do. If that doesn’t work, you better take your phone to a service center and seek some technical help. Before you factory reset your phone, you must check the WiFi router and your phone. Whether you’re able to connect to other WiFi sources or not.

Double check the WiFi network. Or else, you might face this problem after performing this reset on your phone. You must know that perform a factory reset will wipe the internal memory of your phone completely. And we cannot undo this action. Thus, you better back up your phone. You can use the inbuilt apps like Google Drive and Photos to back up most of your media and document files. Or simply, transfer your files to your computer through USB cable.

Now, just follow the below instructions to perform a factory reset on your phone:

  1. Turn Off your phone using the Power Key.
  2. Now, enter into the recovery mode.
  3. Then, tap on Wipe data/factory reset.
  4. Perform this action.
  5. Once this process is completed, exit the recovery mode.

Or follow this guide: How to factory reset Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Now, let your phone boot up. For the very first time, it can take several minutes. There’s nothing to worry. It is quite normal to happen. Soon your device will boot up and take you to the setup page. There, enter your Google account details and configure your phone.

After that, connect to that particular WiFi network, and that should work now. If nothing works, probably there could to reasons: either that WiFi router is causing a problem or there’s something within your phone stopping it from being connected to that network. We recommend you to visit the service center and seek some technical help.

The wrap-up

That ends our list of general troubleshooting tips and solutions to fix WiFi connectivity problems and bugs on Google Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones. Hopefully, through this guide, you should be able to make fix such issues on your phone. If you still stuck to some problems, do let us know through the comment section below. We would love to help you further. Please make sure to provide details as much as possible. So, we can help you with proper solutions.

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