9 MacBook Pro Slow WiFi Causes and Potential Solutions
9 MacBook Pro Slow WiFi Causes and Potential Solutions

Your deadlines are just around, and you’re ready to send your project report but can’t mail it because of slow WiFi. We know it would be very frustrating. Slow or poor internet connection, whether it is iPhone or Mac devices, is becoming a very common problem nowadays. No one likes refreshing a webpage multiple times.

This article will cover some of the most common MacBook Pro slow WiFi problems and their potential solutions.

Fix Router Interference

Thick walls or other large blockages, for example, a row of metal filing cabinets, can affect the router’s functioning. A router may not properly send the electronic waves. So, check the router’s position. If it is in a closet, buried behind a file cabinet, or placed anywhere weirdly, then place it in an open and central area. When the router’s placement is not the cause, consider the place you are sitting. Try to reduce the distance between you and the router.  

Reset WiFi Settings

If your network speed is still slow, reset your Mac’s WiFi settings. But, remember that it will remove all previously-connected WiFi networks. So, you have to re-enter the password. If you forgot your network password and searched how to find my WiFi password on a Mac, use Keychain access. Keychain saves all the accounts and passwords securely on the local drive.  

Resolve Router Error

Sometimes either the MacBook Pro, the router, or both may fail due to an error. It can’t be noticed from the eyes. Even identifying the cause also becomes difficult. In that case, turn off the WiFi. Also, turn off the router by disconnecting it physically. Now restart your MacBook and turn on the router again. Wait for some minutes until all lights get on and the signal starts sending. Last, turn on your WiFi again.   

Update the macOS Software

9 MacBook Pro Slow WiFi Causes and Potential Solutions

Regular Mac operating system updates are essential for smooth MacBook functioning. Keeping the latest version of macOS also improves WiFi connectivity. Click the Apple Logo and then tap System Preferences. Next, tap Software Update and Download and Install Software Update. Or, you can simply hit the Apple Logo. Then, tap About This Mac and select Software Update.  

Troubleshoot WiFi Connection

As touched above, you may experience a spotty WiFi connection if you are too far away from the frequency. To solve this problem, go closer to the router. Another method is to use another frequency band instead of what you usually prefer. Rather than the default 2.4GHz band, use router models with strong 5GHz. If there is a large space in your home, you can use the extender to amplify the signal.

Perform Wireless Diagnostics

If other methods fail to fix the issue, try running wireless diagnostics checks. For this, close all the open applications and then press & hold the option key. Hit the WiFi icon in the menu bar when you press the option key. Tap Open Wireless Diagnostics. Enter your admin password and tap Continue in the window appearing. Next, work upon the onscreen instructions and select ‘Monitor my WiFi connection’.  

Use Public Google DNS

Another method to fix MacBook Pro slow WiFi problems includes the use of Public Google DNS. It will help to configure the private home or workplace network. And don’t worry; it will not block any data or connection. If you find it difficult to access some website domains, use GoogleDNS or OpenDNS in WiFi preferences. For this, click Apple Logo and tap System Preferences. In Network, hit DNS. Then, tap ‘+’ and enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. 

Create a New User

9 MacBook Pro Slow WiFi Causes and Potential Solutions

Create a new Administrator account on your Mac to fix the file system of macOS. It will help in accessing the fresh Network files and solve the software problems that cause slow WiFi while gaming. Tap Apple Logo and then System Preferences. Next, click Group & Users. Add a new account as an administrator by clicking the + icon. Sign out of this account and then sign in to the newly created account.

Reset SMC

Resetting SMC (System Management Controller) can greatly assist in fixing the network connectivity problem in MacBook Pro. Turn off your MacBook and connect with the power supply. Now, press the Shift, Control, and Option keys at the same time. Hit the power button to start your system. Release them after 10 seconds to reboot the MacBook. It will help in resetting all the System Configurations.

The Conclusion

A slow WiFi connection can ruin many things, including frozen video calls, the increased loading time of webpages, and more. To avoid this painful experience, first test your WiFi speed and then try any of these methods. The ways to fix WiFi issues depend on the causes and symptoms. If nothing works, contact customer support for an effective solution.