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iPad doesn't automatically connect to WiFi anymore

by Josh K / July 4, 2011 1:23 AM PDT

I have an iPad 1, WiFi only. No problems until a few days ago, and now all of a sudden I have to manually connect to my home network after starting the device. It connects without issue but I have to do it manually. Any ideas why this would be happening?

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Clarification Request
Just wondering
by birdmantd Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 1:26 AM PDT

Which version of the OS is currently installed on the iPad? Any recently downloaded apps prior to the issue?

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iOS is v4.3.3....
by Josh K / July 4, 2011 1:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Just wondering

....which is the latest version. The only recently added app is a kids' game called Cityville. Free game, installed yesterday, and just might be the culprit. I'm in the middle of a couple of large downloads right now, but I'll try removing the game and rebooting and see if that does it.

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Did you try prior discussions?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 1:26 AM PDT
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The brightness?
by Josh K / July 4, 2011 1:53 AM PDT

Wow, that's pretty random. I'm going to try removing a recently installed app first, then try this.

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I don't recall but,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 4:23 AM PDT

isn't there a "join known networks automatically" feature on the iPad1?

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There is, and it was turned on
by Josh K / July 4, 2011 6:20 AM PDT
In reply to: I don't recall but,

Removing that recently installed app and increasing the display brightness didn't help. I then went into Network settings, had it "forget" my home network and then re-added it to the list of known networks, and that appears to have resolved it.

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(NT) A winner!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 9:15 AM PDT
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