Cellular data not working on your iPhone? 7 ways to fix it

  • If cellular data is not working on your iPhone, there are several ways to most likely solve the problem.
  • To fix your cellular data, try toggling Airplane mode and mobile data in Control Center and reinstall your SIM card.
  • Here are seven of the best ways to fix your iPhone when your cellular data is not working.

The mundane problems with technology are the most frustrating. Your iPhone is on and appears connected, for example, but you can’t get data in any apps and you’ll see an error message in Safari saying your phone isn’t connected to the Internet. If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, your cellular data is clearly not working – what should you do? Here are the top seven ways to troubleshoot your problem when cellular data is not working on your iPhone.

Turn off your Wi-Fi

Sometimes your iPhone can get stuck between Wi-Fi and a cellular network, and stick to Wi-Fi even when that is the wrong choice. If you’re outside your home, for example, you might be out of the practical range of your Wi-Fi network, and your iPhone should switch to cellular data. But since the phone can still connect to Wi-Fi – hardly – it stays connected, even though it can’t exchange any data. treatment? Swipe down from the top right of the screen to see Control Center and tap Wi-Fi icon to temporarily disable it. Now your iPhone will have to switch to cellular data and use that instead.

Toggle Airplane Mode

While there are plenty of reasons why your cellular data might not be working, one quick and easy trick to get it working again is to simply turn your wireless connection off and back on again. Swipe down from the top right of the screen to see the Control Center and find a file Flight mode icon. If it’s already on, that’s probably your problem – Airplane mode disables cellular data, so it might have been disabled by accident. But if it is off, tap the icon and wait a moment, tap it again to restart the wireless connection.

Control Center on iPhone is marked with Airplane Mode.

Try toggling Airplane mode and Wi-Fi to address connectivity issues.

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Switch your mobile data settings

Similarly, you can control your iPhone’s mobile data from the Control Center and it’s possible that it was accidentally turned off even if Airplane mode is not enabled. Swipe down from the top right of the screen to see the Control Center and find a file mobile data Icon, an antenna to the right of Airplane mode. If it is off, tap on it to turn it on. Otherwise, tap it to disable, wait a moment, and tap it again to turn it back on. Now test your internet connection and see if that solves your problem.

Control Center on iPhone is marked with cellular history selected.

You may be used to using Airplane mode, but there are times when you may need to toggle the nearby but lesser known mobile data button.

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Check for carrier settings update

Although this is rare, it’s possible sometimes that your phone carrier’s settings are the reason for your lack of data connection. This is especially true if your cellular provider recently updated their configuration and the changes failed to update automatically on your phone for some reason. To check carrier setting updatestart the Settings application and then click generalfollowed by Around. If an update is available for your carrier, you will be asked to install it now.

Reinstall your SIM card

You may need to reset your SIM card, especially if it’s a new phone or you changed SIM cards recently. It is not difficult to do, but you will need to find a SIM removal tool that came with your phone. If that no longer exists, you can also use a thin paperclip. Insert the tool into the slot near the SIM card tray and push it gently and firmly until the tray pops out. Make sure the SIM card is properly seated in its tray then carefully reinsert it. For more detailed instructions, here’s how to do it Remove SIM card from iPhone.

A person's hand removing a SIM card from an iPhone.

Take out the SIM card tray, make sure that the SIM card is installed correctly, and carefully reinsert it.

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Restart your iPhone

try to Restart your iPhone. This can fix a lot of network and connection related issues, and it only takes a few minutes to turn it off and then back on again.

Reset network settings

If nothing else has worked so far, it may be due to iPhone network settings corruption, which may be erased by Reset your network settings. Save this troubleshooting step for last, because when you reset network settings, all saved networks, paired Bluetooth devices, and Wi-Fi passwords will be erased, so you’ll need to manually reconnect to all your favorite networks.

1. start the Settings Application.

2. Faucet general.

3. Faucet Move or reset the phone.

4. Faucet Re-Set.

5. On the pop-up menu, tap Reset network settings.

Network settings on iPhone with reset option highlighted.

As a last resort, you can reset your network settings to solve the possibly corrupt network configuration issue.

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