Fix Pixel WiFi Problem
UPDATE (7/26/2017): It is now almost three weeks since I have taken this simple step on my Google Pixel XL, and the Wifi has been working flawlessly since. I’d have to call this solution confirmed, but without a reason that I can explain!
What is the problem?
There are many possible problems you can have with your Google Pixel, Pixel XL, or any Android phone. Of those problems, one of the most annoying is a problem with accessing data. If you are having problems accessing data over LTE through your carrier, you might be best trying a factory reset or contacting your carrier to report the problem.
The problem I’m addressing here is one specifically with WiFi – a problem with WiFi that is so strange (with a solution that is even stranger), that when I happened upon it to fix the issues I was having, I immediately came here to write about it.
I’ve been a network engineer for over two decades. I’ve tried troubleshooting this WiFi for a few months, including restarting, resetting, resetting the network, resetting my WiFi router, adding range extenders, moving around the house, packet capture, and countless other things. The solution that I’ve found, which seems to work so far, isn’t logical as far as I can tell, but it also works.
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of my particular Wifi Problem on my Google Pixel XL are as follows:
- Pixel XL Connects to the WiFi Network
- Pixel XL Connects to both 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks, but I’m usually connected to the 5ghz band
- It works fine at first
- Once there is even slight weakness in the signal, internet access over WiFi slows to a crawl
- Switching to LTE resolves the problem.
- Disconnecting WiFi and reconnecting solves the problem.
- Doing nothing, the problem will resolve itself after several minutes, but then revert back to being slow
It’s an extremely frustrating problem because the connection to WiFi and the internet is made, and after a minute or two, if there is any slowdown, I’m always expecting the worst – that’ it’s going to go into that seemingly half-connected mode (not a technically accurate term, but I don’t have an accurate term because I still don’t know why the solution works).
If you’ve found a solution on the internet, I’ve tried it. And so should you.
Mostof the possible solutions I found on the internet were logical and could have/would have fixed various problems with WiFi on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. But none of them worked for me. Once you’ve tried all of those – since they represent actual problems you can have with your WiFi connection on your Pixel or Pixel XL, try this.
The solution I’m about to give you doesn’t make any sense. Based on what I know about networking (a lot), there’s no reason it should work. Based on what I know about radio communication (some), there’s no reason it should work of which I’m aware, but I am hoping someone can tell me in the comments.
For now, this fix is a mystery to me, but it does fix the slow and intermittent connection on my Google Pixel XL. I’d love to find out why.
Solution to Pixel WiFi Problem
The solution to the WiFi problem on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL that I’ve found to work – after trying everything I could think of and everything I could find for months – is as follows:
- Turn on Bluetooth
Then try your Google Pixel XL again and see if the problem with WiFi is corrected.
If you aren’t familiar with turning on bluetooth, just pull down the notification shade from the top of the screen, then pull down a second time to show all the settings. Tap on the bluetooth symbol, which looks like the icon below.
Did I mention that the solution was simple? It’s mind-bogglingly simple. But it increases my performance from barely being connected to the internet and about 80mb/s upload and 80mb/s download speeds.
Here’s a link to the result. SpeedTest.net result
I don’t know why this works to correct my particular problem with Google Pixel XL WiFi, but it does. Maybe I’m the only one in the world for whom this has worked or will work. But as silly as it seems as a solution to a slow WiFi problem, I would suggest at least giving it a try. I’m glad I did.
If it works for you, please let us know in the comments below. Also, if anyone has any insight into why this does work, I’d love to know that in the comments as well.