Android 12 is slowly coming to more and more devices, but with it, besides a few nifty features, comes a couple of issues, as well. Namely, users reported slow internet speeds on Android 12. Based on reports, it seems that Wi-Fi is noticeably slower on the latest Android iteration.
No worries because we have a few solutions you can use to resolve the issue at hand.
Table of contents:
- Inspect your Wi-Fi network
- Disable Bluetooth
- Update the firmware
- Reset Network settings
- Switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Reset your device to factory settings
Why is my phone’s WiFi so slow?
1. Inspect your Wi-Fi network
From the get-go, let’s start by inspecting your Wi-Fi network. For starters, reboot your router/modem and your handset. Now, connect your PC or any alternative device and check the network speeds there.
If the discrepancy is too high, and (for example) your notebook reaches 300MBs while your Android is hitting only 50MBs, we can conclude that there’s an evident issue with your phone. We have a detailed list of troubleshooting steps for network-related issues, here.
Additionally, you can access your router settings and check for possible limitations. Don’t forget to update your router to the latest firmware version.
2. Disable Bluetooth
There are reports about conflicts between Bluetooth or NFC with the Wi-Fi antenna that lead to either connectivity issues or substantial drops in Wi-Fi speeds.
So, run the network speed diagnostics and compare results with Bluetooth and NFC off and on. If this doesn’t solve the issues, make sure to move to the next step.
3. Update the firmware
Based on reports, Android 12 users with slow Wi-Fi resolved the problem by updating the firmware on their devices. It seems that the issues were on the software side, however, we can’t say with certainty that this applies to every affected device out there.
In order to update the firmware on your Android, follow the steps below:
4. Reset Network settings
The next thing you can try is resetting your network settings. By doing so, you’ll lose all saved passwords, saved Bluetooth devices, and APN configurations. However, this is one of the most common solutions for a variety of network-related issues so it’s worth giving it a go.
Follow these steps to reset Network Settings on your Android 11 device:
- Open Settings.
- Choose System or General Management.
- Select Reset options or Reset.
- Choose Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
- Tap Reset settings.
- Confirm the selection and check for improvements.
If you still experience slow internet speeds on your Android, check the router frequency as explained in the next step.
5. Switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz
If there’s a chance to switch between 2.4GHz to 5GHz wireless frequency, we highly recommend it. Especially if you are in a crowded area. However, the vice-versa approach is also applicable if your router is not in your vicinity.
You can modify the frequency on your router. Of course, if it supports 5GHz frequency to start with.
6. Reset your device to factory settings
Finally, if none of the aforementioned solutions worked for you, we can only suggest contacting your phone’s OEM and sending a bug report concerning the slow Wi-Fi speed on Android 12. Alternatively, you can reset your device to factory settings and start from scratch. This is even advised when switching to a newer Android version. Just don’t forget to back up your data to Google Drive or to your PC before doing so.
Follow these steps to reset your Android 11 device to factory settings:
- Navigate again to Settings > System and select Reset options or Reset.
- Choose Erase all data (factory reset).
- Tap Erase all data.
- Once your device boots, follow the instructions to restore it from
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in October 2020. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.