LG TV Won’t Connect To Wi-Fi

One of the most common issues with smart TVs is connecting your TV to Wi-Fi. This is no different with LG TVs. It’s important to have your LG TV connected to your Wi-Fi, otherwise, you won’t be able to use any of your apps or cable TV. If you’re having trouble connecting your LG TV to Wi-Fi, fear not, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to troubleshooting and fixing your internet connection to your LG TV.

Common Causes For LG TV Not Connecting To WI-FI

There are several different reasons why your LG TV may not be able to connect to Wi-Fi. Some relate to hardware failures but many are software related. 

Busy Network 

If you have a busy network your LG TV may struggle to connect to Wi-Fi. For example, if your Wi-Fi network is being stretched by multiple devices trying to connect to it, there’s a good chance it can’t compete. 

Weak Signal

If your router is too far away from your LG TV, it may lose connection. 

Outdated Software

If your TVs software version is not up to date, there may be issues connecting to your Wi-Fi network. This can easily be resolved by updating your software version.

Incorrect Time and Date

Surprisingly enough, if your time and date settings aren’t correct, it can mess with your LG TVs ability to connect to Wi-Fi. 

How To Fix LG TV Won’t Connect to WI-FI

Now you know the most common causes as to why your LG TV may not be able to connect to your Wi-Fi network, let’s go over several different fixes.

1. Power Cycle Your LG TV

The first thing you can try is to drain the power from your TV. This is a simple step that can sometimes reset your LG TV and help it to reconnect to the internet. All you need to do is turn your LG TV off and then unplug it. Leave it unplugged for several minutes to drain the power and then reconnect it. It’s important to note that this is usually a short-term fix and you may find yourself having to do this every day if not multiple times a day.

2. Update Your Time and Date Settings

As mentioned, if your time and date aren’t correct, it can affect your LG TV connecting to the internet. Fortunately, this is also easy to fix. All you need to do is to go to your settings and then update your time and date. You should have different time zones already listed as options that you can choose from.

Here’s how to do it;

Go to Home > Settings > Update Time and Date.

3. Check Your Network Details

Sometimes you can fix your Wi-Fi connection by simply checking your Wi-Fi details. Make sure you’re entering the right password first. You can also check if any other devices are able to connect to your Wi-Fi. If other devices can connect, you know your TV is the problem.

4. Power Cycle Your Router

If none of your devices can connect to your router, try power cycling it. Unplug your router from the mains and let it sit for three minutes before plugging it back in. You can also try pressing the reset button. Routers will usually show if something is wrong by showing an amber light.

There may even be issues that are out of your control. If your router is down, your network provider could also be down affecting thousands of other people. In this instance, you’ll have to wait until your network provider’s engineers have fixed the problem. To check your network providers service you can use things like www.downdetector.co.uk.

5. Check For Interference

Your LG might not be able to connect to your Wi-Fi due to interference. If your satellite dish is damaged or overly wet, your internet connection can become weaker or stop working altogether. Try and check your dish for any signs of damage. You can also see if this is the case by checking the cable channels on your TV. If there are some that are not working, you’ll know there’s a fault with your dish.

6. Change DNS Settings

Something else you can try is to change your DNS settings. If your DNS settings are wrong, or you’re connected to a poor LG server, your LG TV won’t connect to the internet. This can be amended in your TVs Settings.

Here’s how to do it;

  • Go to Home.
  • Settings.
  • Network.
  • Network Status.
  • Edit and then Enter.
  • Set Automatically.
  • Enter 8.8.8.8.

8.8.8.8 is LG’s most reliable server.

7. Use an Ethernet Cable

A simple solution to get your LG TV back online is to do it the ‘old fashioned way’. That means going back to a wired connection. Whilst wireless internet is great, you can’t beat the stability of a wired connection. A wired connection will hold your internet connection a lot better than wirelessly. Of course, this will require you to have your LG TV close to your router and it will also mean you’ll need to purchase an ethernet cable.

Ethernet cables are very inexpensive. You can pick one up on Amazon for only £6.

8. Connect Via WPS

Connecting your LG TV to your Wi-Fi can also be done via WPS. 

Here’s how to do it;

  • Got to Home.
  • All Settings.
  • Network.
  • WI-FI connection.
  • Select WPS.
  • Enter your WPS pin.

9. Update Your Software

As mentioned, if you’re running on an older version of your LG TVs software, you may have trouble connecting to the internet as well as issues accessing apps. Smart TVs will usually update automatically, every time a new version of the software is available. 

Here’s how to check your software version and update it if needed;

  • Go to Settings.
  • General.
  • About this TV.
  • Make sure auto-updates is toggled on.
  • If an update is available, select it.

Once your update is complete, your LG TV should restart.

10. Limit Devices

Because each device competes for your Wi-Fi, it’s a good idea to limit the amount that have access to Wi-Fi. For example, you can turn off your Wi-Fi on your phones and use your data instead. This gos for tablets and iPads too. Tablets are notorious for aggressively competing for Wi-Fi. 

11. Turn off Quick Start

LG TVs and smart TVs in general use built-in features to make your experience easier. Quick Start is one of these. Quick Start is a feature that puts your LG TV on standby after you’ve turned it off so that it turns back on quicker. You can disable this feature as it may be messing with your ability to connect to your Wi-Wi.

Here’s how to do it;

  • Settings.
  • All Settings.
  • General.
  • Quick Start > toggle off.

12. Factory Reset

If all else fails you can always perform a factory reset. A factory reset will reset all of the settings on your LG TV as if your TV is fresh out of the box. So, just be aware, any saved settings will be wiped from your LG TV.

Here’s how to do it;

  • Go to Home.
  • Settings.
  • All Settings.
  • General.
  • Reset to Initial Settings.
  • Enter your Security Key.

Once your LG TV reboots, try and reconnect to the internet.

LG TV Won’t Connect To Wi-Fi Conclusion

There are many reasons why your LG TV won’t connect to Wi-Fi but by using these simple steps, you should be able to get your TV back online. Make sure you try each fix one by one. If you’re still having trouble after you’ve tried each of our fixes, there may be something wrong with your hardware or you may have a damaged component. If this is the case, you might need an LG engineer to take your TV apart. This is simple enough to do by contacting LG support but there is usually a small fee involved. 

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About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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