Nothing is more annoying than when your PS4 is not connecting to WiFi within the time limit. And this results in the inability to download games, update your system, access online game features, and interact with friends.
Even though a PS4 has a reliable LAN port, it can be problematic, mainly if your network router is distant from your console. Sometimes, your PS4 is not connecting to WiFi because of incorrect network settings or corrupt software.
But besides that, there are various reasons your PS4 may be experiencing WiFi connectivity issues. And this article will answer the question—why is my PS4 not connecting to WiFi? It will also teach you how to fix the same problem.
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Why Is My PS4 Not Connecting To WiFi?
For many reasons, your PS4 may not connect to WiFi. However, below are the most common reasons this will occur:
- You’re trying to connect with an invalid password or username.
- The DNS settings on your PlayStation are improperly configured.
- Your WiFi network is not connected or having network problems.
- The PlayStation Network is probably offline.
- Your PS4 is far from the wireless router, leading to intermittent signal loss.
Why Is My PS4 Not Connecting To WiFi Within Time Limit?
Typically, routers have a time limit of a few seconds to finish the linking process.
However, if your PS4 is not connecting within the time limit, then your WiFi connection is probably unstable or not strong enough.
Thus, you need to ensure you have a working internet connection. Besides this, other things can stop your PS4 from connecting to WiFi within the time limit.
- No connection to the proxy server: The server is taking longer than usual to respond to a request for data from your PS4.
- IP configuration failure: Usually, the router will assign an IP address to a connecting device. But if it fails, the device cannot connect to a WiFi network within a time limit.
- The router cannot connect to your PS4: One thing that can cause your router to not connect to your PS4 is if the PS4 software is outdated. There’s probably something wrong with the DNS cache. Or your internet might be down, or your Ethernet cable doesn’t connect well.
- PlayStation Network is down. Therefore, it cannot connect within the time limit.
- There might be some issues with your network devices—router or modem.
- Some DNS server-side problems might have occurred.
How To Fix PS4 Not Connecting To WiFi
Now that you know why your PS4 is not connecting to WiFi, these steps will show you how to fix the problem.
1. Check whether the PlayStation Network is online.
If you can come online but can’t access the PlayStation Network, ensure it’s online.
To do this, you can use another device to visit the PSN Network Status Page. Check if the status is green. Otherwise, hold on for a while for the problem to be fixed.
2. Determine if other devices can connect to the internet
If your PS4 is not connecting to the Wi-Fi network, it may be a device issue. Therefore, you might want to trace the problem by determining whether it’s from your PS4 or WiFi network.
- Check if other devices are working: See if other devices (e.g., tablet and computer) on your home network are connecting to the internet.
- Double-check your connection type: Ensure that all devices on the same connection type are working. For instance, if you connect your PS4 to the router with a wired Ethernet cable, plug a computer into the router too. If your PS4 is using WiFi, use your phone to connect to WiFi and check if it works.
- Reboot your modem and router: If none of your devices can connect, turn off your modem and router. Then, wait for a while and turn them back on. In addition, you can restart your PS4 after restarting your modem and router.
3. Check your PS4’s internet connection to the router
Your PS4’s connectivity issue may not be from your console. It could be your wired or wireless connection causing your gameplay disorders, including your device’s settings.
Follow these tips to check whether your internet connection or console is the issue.
- Swap your Ethernet cord: If you’re connecting using Ethernet, swap off the cable to check if it’s a problem. However, you can try plugging your cable into another Ethernet port on the router (if the present port has blown).
- Move your PS4 console closer to your wireless router: The reason you’re experiencing intermittent signal loss could be a result of the distance or walls between your router and console. Therefore, try bringing them closer if they aren’t. But if it doesn’t work, reboot your router and modem.
4. Re-enter your WiFi password
Always make sure that you’re using the correct WiFi password. Meanwhile, you can as well re-enter it on your PS4 to check if it refreshes your connection. These steps will guide you on how to do it:
- With the PS4 controller, choose Settings.
- Choose Network, then select Set Up Internet Connection.
- Select Use WiFi.
- Choose Easy.
- From the list, choose your WiFi network and enter your password. Then, wait for it to connect.
5. Check your PS4 DNS settings.
If the above steps do not fix the problem of the PS4 not connecting to the WiFi, check your PS4 DNS settings.
Several users have discovered that changing the PS4’s settings (it’s like an address book that instructs your PS4 on how to find locations on the internet) can fix this issue.
Here’s how to go about it:
- Go to Settings with the PS4 controller.
- Select Network and choose Set Up Internet Connection.
- Tap either Use WiFi or Use a LAN cable based on how you’re connecting.
- Choose Custom. Otherwise, select your WiFi network from the list (if necessary).
- Select Automatic. Then choose Do Not Specify, then Manual.
- Choose Primary DNS and enter 188.8.131.52.
- Pick Secondary DNS and enter 184.108.40.206.
- Tap Next.
- Pick Automatic.
- Choose Do Not Use.
The above fixes apply to situations where your PS4 is not connecting to your WiFi network, even within the time limit.
If your PS4 has not been connecting to your WiFi network within the time limit or you’ve been experiencing connectivity issues with your PS4, this article can help you identify the cause of such problems.
We have also provided possible fixes for those problems. However, if you have tried all the solutions in this post but still can’t resolve the issue, contact PS4 Support for further professional assistance.
FAQs on Why Is My PS4 Not Connecting To WiFi
• Put your Airpods in syncing mode.
• Pair them with a Bluetooth adapter such as Twelve South Airfly Duo.
• Using your PS4, navigate to Settings → Devices → Audio Devices.
• Then make sure the Output Device is set to Headphones Connected to Controller and Output to Headphones is also set to All Audio.
• Long-press the PlayStation button and the Share button at the same time. Then the controller light will blink.
• Using your Android device, select Bluetooth → Wireless Controller.
• Click Yes to pair the controller with your device.
• On your iPhone, turn on Bluetooth.
• Now, go to the controller and long-press the PlayStation and Share buttons simultaneously.
• Then, the controller light will blink, meaning it’s ready to pair.
• Finally, the PS4 will appear on the iPhone Bluetooth settings screen.
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