This iOS bug can break your phone’s Wi-Fi: How to Fix It?

Apple iOS is considered one of the best operating systems in the world. But this time, even the iOS has been spotted with an error. Users can get into some trouble if they recklessly join hotspot networks with unusual names. The Wi-Fi connectivity of the iPhone gets disabled and this bug is caused by a Wi-Fi naming bug in iOS.

The bug was first noticed by the security researcher, Carl Schou. He got to know about the bug after he tried to connect with his personal Wi-Fi network with the SSID name “%p%s%s%s%s%n“, and found out that his Wi-Fi functionality got “permanently disabled.” Also, attempts to fix the problem by changing the hotspot’s SSID and even rebooting makes no difference. Also, some system networking features like AirDrop are getting disabled because of the bug.

According to some other users and experts who tried to find the same bug, the most probable reason for the error is in the name of the hotspot network. The initial “%” in the network name might have caused the input issue, as the iOS could infer the percentage sign as a string-form specifier by mistake.

This special character specifier holds a unique connotation in the C and C-style programming languages and is interpreted as a command rather than a simple text name.

However, this iOS Wi-Fi bug can be resolved by following simple steps:

  • Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

But clearly, this resolving process is a pain in the head if you just wanted to connect to your hotspot rather than using your cellular data.

There is no such naming bug reported in Android yet. But one thing is for sure that you must take into consideration before assigning a name to your hotspot network. We can expect Apple operating system developers to fix this network name issue shortly.

Yuvraj Singh

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