How to Fix “Select a Wireless Network” Popup Message on iPhone

Is your iPhone stuck in a loop “Select a Wireless Network” popup message?

This annoying message prompt usually happens when there’s a Wi-Fi in range. It is a nuisance to constantly see this message on your screen while using your iPhone. The only way to answer a call or go back to your internet browsing is to tap on the ‘Cancel’ button.

For some, this is a simple issue and can be resolved by adjusting your iPhone settings. But for others, it is a complicated one that can vary from data file corruption to iOS errors. Whatever is the cause, there is a fix for each and every factor.

Today we have arranged these factors from simple up to the complex ones. With this, you will learn how to fix the “Select a Wireless Network” popup message on your iPhone. For some, you might find the answer before the end of this article.

Let’s get started!


1. Change Wireless Settings.

The main reason why you keep getting the “Select a Wireless Network” message is because the feature that is responsible for prompting you with available wireless networks is enabled in your settings.

To disable this feature, you need to go into your iPhone Settings and then tap on the Wi-Fi option. On the lower portion of the screen, toggle on the Ask to Join Networks button to disable it.



After changing the settings, make sure to refresh your Wi-Fi connection.

On the same screen, toggle on the Wi-Fi button to disable the service. Tap the button again to enable it again.

Doing this will not notify you of new available Wi-Fi connections and thus the message will not prompt again.



2. Disable Application Conflict.

Some of the features that are related to the Wi-Fi service of your iPhone can be a factor as well. This can happen if there is a glitch in the related features.

The temporary workaround for this is to disable them in the meantime while waiting for a bug fix. One feature that you can disable is called the ‘Wi-Fi Assist’’.

To do it, go to the Settings of your iPhone and tap on the Cellular option. On the lower portion of the screen, find and toggle the Wi-Fi Assist button to disable the feature.


"Select a Wireless Network" Popup Message on iPhone


If a bug fix is available and you need this feature, you can just enable it again.

Another feature that can possibly cause conflict due to glitches is the ‘Location Services’. To disable it, go to the Settings, then Privacy, and then tap Location Services.

Next, tap on System Services and find the Network & Wireless option on the list. Toggle the button beside it to disable the feature.


"Select a Wireless Network" Popup Message on iPhone



3. Update to the Latest iOS Version.

If you find that this issue still persists after trying both of the above methods, then a more permanent way to fix it will be to download the latest patches from Apple directly. This bug fix is usually bundled when you download the latest iOS Version.

To do this, go to your iPhone Settings, then General, and then Software Update. To complete the process just follow the instructions provided.



After you’ve installed the latest iOS updates, try testing by using your iPhone as you would normally to see if the “Select a Wireless Network” popup message still occurs.


4. Reset Network Settings.

Despite having fixed the glitches on your iPhone with software updates, it’s still possible that there could be corrupted network services on your device. Sometimes, changes in the system can affect the current settings of a device.

To fix this, you will need to rebuild the network settings on your iPhone and that includes your Wi-Fi connection.

You can do this by going to your iPhone Settings, then General, and then the Reset option. Now on the screen, choose Reset Network Settings to proceed.


"Select a Wireless Network" Popup Message on iPhone


Finally, if asked, provide your device passcode to complete the process. Now you can set up all your connections from scratch after rebuilding the network settings.



5. Restart the Device.

After all the changes that you have made on your iPhone, make sure to refresh all your connections. This is to be sure that the updated settings have been correctly implemented.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and turn off your Internet Wi-Fi modem or router using the Power button or unplugging it.
  2. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings, then General and tap Shutdown. If you cannot do this, do a force restart on your iPhone.


"Select a Wireless Network" Popup Message on iPhone


  1. Next, turn back on your Internet Wi-Fi modem or router and wait until the internet and Wi-Fi LED light stabilizes.
  2. Finally, power back on your iPhone and make sure you connect it to the Wi-Fi internet.

This is also applicable to those who have experienced seeing a blank wireless message prompt screen. That is one of the obvious indications that your network profile has been corrupted.

By now, after trying the above methods, you should not be able to get the annoying “Select a Wireless Network” popup message on your iPhone again.



6. Check with Other Wi-Fi Services.

Try to connect your iPhone to a free public Wi-Fi zone. Wait for a few minutes. Then test if you are still having the same problem.

If the message still prompts, the problem lies with your iPhone in which case you will need to proceed to the next method for the fix.

However, if the message doesn’t appear anymore, then it’s most likely that the issue lies with your internet modem or router. In such a case, it’s best to reach out to your internet service provider who’s responsible.

They may need to reset the equipment, reconfigure or even update the firmware.



7. Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode.

If the issue still persists, you may have a corrupted operating system on your iPhone. To fix it, you will need to restore your iOS to a healthy state. You will need a computer to do this though.

If you do not have one, you will require the help of an Apple-certified technician. You can proceed to the next method if that’s the case.

If you do have a computer nearby, make sure you have the latest version of macOS with a Finder app or the latest version of iTunes installed. Also, it’s worth mentioning that before you do this process, it’s always a good idea to back up the data on your iPhone in case if anything happens. That way, if something goes wrong, you have a way to recover it.

Once you’ve backed up your iPhone, here’s how you can restore it:

  1. Go ahead and connect your iPhone to your computer via lightning USB cable.
  2. Next, launch the Finder app on your Mac or iTunes app on your PC.
  3. Now put your iPhone into recovery mode:
    • If you are using iPhone 8 or later, press and release immediately the Volume Up button. And immediately this time Volume Down button. After that, press and hold the Side button until the recovery-mode screen appears.
    • If you are using iPhone 7, press and hold the Volume Down button together with the Side (or Top) button until the recovery-mode screen appears.
    • if you are using iPhone 6 or earlier, press and hold the Home button together with the Side (or Top) button until the recovery-mode screen appears.
  4. Then, find your iPhone on the Finder or iTunes application and click on the Restore option on the screen.



  1. Wait for the download to complete in your computer even if your iPhone exits the recovery mode. After that, just repeat Step 3.
  2. Finally, when your iPhone restarts and completes the process, set up your iPhone like it is new.

Give it a few hours or a day to observe it still persists. Once it is gone, you can opt to restore your important data from your backup.



8. Get in Touch with Apple.

If you’ve done all of the methods below, but you don’t see any success then we recommend that you reach out to Apple and obtain their help. Issues like this don’t necessarily cost anything since there are no hardware repairs being done.

As aforementioned, this issue is not a hardware issue but rather a software issue. The folks over at your nearest Apple Store will have the technical know-how to address such issue as well as identify if such issue is widespread for a lot of users.



But what do you do if your community is still under quarantine due to COVID 19 pandemic and there’s no nearby Apple Store which is open?

Well, no worries. In fact, there are still other available Apple repair services and authorized service providers in your country which will most likely be opened. The important thing is you can monitor the repair progress online. To begin, all you have to do is book a repair appointment.



As we end this article, we hope that you learned how to fix the “Select a Wireless Network” popup message on your iPhone. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below. Continue to be vigilant and always stay safe.


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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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