Why Does My Wi-Fi Speak “Weak Security on iPhone?
If you’re connected to Wi-Fi using the help of your iPhone when you notice a message in Settings concerning “Weak Security,” it could be confusing and alarming. This is what it means and how to resolve it.
Wi-Fi Security Standards Have Changed
Since iOS 14.3, Apple began warning iPhone users of Wi-Fi networks using older security standards for networks that include WEP, WPA, or WPA2 (TKIP). These are encryption methods that are specifically employed by Wi-Fi to safeguard your personal information from being spied on by hackers, and to prevent unauthorized users from using your Wi-Fi network.
If you’re looking through your Wi-Fi connection within Settings within your iPhone and you see an entry labelled “Weak Security,” it signifies that Apple warns your that the device you’re connecting to is using an older and less secure technique of encryption. The activities you’re performing on the Internet could be viewed by others.
What you can do about it will depend on whether you have control over the Wi-Fi network you have connected. It’s a technical issue that affects the router, not your iPhone. To ensure that your iPhone satisfied you’ll have to set your router up to utilize the most current WPA3 security mod, WPA2 (AES) or a combination of WPA2/WPA3 mod.
What Is WPA3, and When Will I Get It On My Wi-Fi?
Since WPA3 was launched in the year 2018a number of older devices aren’t compatible with the latest standard. If you decide to switch the router you use to WPA3 solely, older devices will not be connected with your WiFi network. In contrast, many modern routers can support a WPA2/WPA3 transitional mode that is compatible with devices that support WPA2 and WPA3.
If you’re still using legacy (pre-2018) WiFi devices then the transitional method could be the best choice. If you do not have a transitional WPA2/WPA3 option for your router, it may also opt for WPA2 Personal (AES), insofar as it’s the version known as WPA2 (TKIP) that has been proven to be insecure.
How can I tell if it is an error that that I’m getting?
Make sure you check your settings Settings WiFi before clicking on the icon for information (i) on the Wi-Fi connection which has weak security. The message you will see that looks like this:
What should I do?
The message that appears in your device is asking you to switch on WPA2 (AES) as well as WPA3 If it’s accessible. To ensure that your Wi-Fi is secure you’ll need change the settings on your router.
Before you attempt to fix the error message You’ll need to make sure that your devices are running the latest software updates which can be checked within your device’s settings. It is also important to confirm that your router is running the most recent firmware update. This can be checked by going to the router’s manufacturer’s site, and then searching for the model you have.
Use these suggestions to get rid of the error message.
Make sure that your devices are equipped with the most recent software updates.
Log in to your router using the router’s IP address in the URL bar of your browser. Certain router manufacturers (such the TP-Link) might allow you to sign in to your router via an app or on a dedicated site.
Install the latest firmware update for your router.
Find the Security/Encryption settings in your router, and then make the switch to WPA3. You might need to do this for each SSID you have (both in the 2.4Ghz and the five-Ghz bands).
You might need to erase your connection to the network that you have on your phone following changing the settings of your router to ensure that your device is using the new settings after joining the network.
How To Make Your Wi-Fi Network More Secure
The update of the security settings on your router can result in that Weak Security notification on your iPhone disappear. If you’re using the public Wi-Fi network there’s little you can do as you’re not able to alter the settings of your router.
If your Wi-Fi router at home says Weak Security You can modify the router’s settings. It may sound daunting however, you don’t require any technical knowledge to fix the issue in your iPhone.
To begin, you must open your router’s settings by entering 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 into a web browser. The majority of routers utilize either of these addresses.
If neither option works, go to Settingsthe Wi-Fi tab and click on the Information button on the right side of your Wi-Fi network. Click on the router and enter the sequence of number into your browser.
After you’ve entered the right IP address of your router’s wireless, enter the administrator username along with the password. Most times it’s the username administrator while the password will be the password. If you’re in need of to log in, this info can be found on a sticker that is placed on the wireless router.
After you’ve signed into your router, you can check its security settings. The settings will differ based on the router you use, so browse around and look for the term “security” or encryption.
Once you’ve located those security settings you can set the Wi-Fi connection in the direction of WPA2 (AES) and WPA3 (AES). There will be an save and an apply button to confirm the settings.
It’s fine to not find an WPA3 option, since the majority of people don’t have a WiFi router that can support it. It is important to update the security settings on your 2.4 5GHz and 2.4 GHz networks in the event that you own both.
Now I Can’t Connect To My Wi-Fi Network!
Once you have connected to connect your iPhone to a WiFi network at first, it will save details about the best way you can connect the network. If anything about the procedure changes, such as the security settings on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to the iPhone may not be able to connect to the Wi-Fi network.
The best way to solve this is to delete that network from your iPhone and then set it up as new. Open Settings and tap Wi-Fi. Next, click the info icon (look at the blue I) in front of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to. Then click Forget This Network on the upper right-hand side of your screen.
If the network is lost, return to Settings > Wi-Fi, then select your Wi-Fi network in networks. Enter the WiFi password to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network.
Take a look at our other post in case you’re experiencing issues connecting to your iPhone via Wi-Fi.
No More Weak Security
You’ve solved the issue and your Wi-Fi is now secure! Be sure to share this post on social media to show your loved ones what to do if their iPhone displays weak security.