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How to reset network settings on Android?

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If you ever get into issues with the network connection, your Wi-Fi is misbehaving, or maybe your Bluetooth won’t pair to a car system — someone will suggest resetting the network settings. Today, we made sure to explain how to reset the network settings on Android and what is the aftermath of this procedure. Read the explanation below.

What will resetting network settings do?

Resetting Network settings on your device mean that you are restoring the connection-related settings to factory values. Just like if you just purchased the device and started setting it up. These settings include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and VPN settings.

This includes clearing all your saved network SSIDs along with passwords, all Bluetooth pairings, APN and Mobile Data settings, and VPN configuration.

We are afraid that you’ll need to add Wi-Fi passwords again, although you can use a third-party app to back them up. An app that comes to mind is Swift Backup, which you can find on Play Store.

So, you’ll either need to enter manually or back up your Wi-Fi networks. Also, in comparison to Wi-Fi networks, you’ll need to add manually all Bluetooth devices you previously paired with your phone or tablet. Depending on how many devices you have, this can be quite a cumbersome task.

In regards to APN, although this action resets APN, as long as your SIM card is inside your phone, these will restore automatically. VPN, on the other hand, requires reconfiguring after the reset.

Beyond that, no personal data will be deleted with this procedure. So, if you can live with the aforementioned changes and have a dire connectivity problem on your device, resetting network settings on your Android is the way to go.

How to reset network settings on my Android

Now, the question is why would one want to reset network settings on Android? The answer lies in connectivity issues, be that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Mobile Data.

If you have certain issues that fall into this category, resetting Network Settings is a quite good troubleshooting step.

With all that in mind, here’s how to reset network settings on Android 12 with ease:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose System or General management.
  3. Select Reset options or Reset.
  4. Tap Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
  5. Tap Reset settings.reset network settings android

As simple as that. Once you reset network settings, restart your device and check for improvements in regards to connectivity issues you’ve experienced.

If the problem persists, consider resetting your device to factory settings. That is definitely time-consuming and requires meticulously backing up your data.

On that note, we can call it a wrap. Thank you for reading.

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in December 2020. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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