How to Renew the Lease for a Wi-Fi Network on an iPhone 7

When you are having trouble with the Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone, there are a lot of different factors that could be preventing it from working correctly. Some of those factors are due to the iPhone, some are due to the network, and some are due to the Internet connection provided by the Internet service provider.

While there are some common things that you can try to fix this problem, one item you may not be aware of is a button that lets you renew your lease with the Wi-Fi network. This will tell the network that you want it to assign a new IP address to the iPhone, which can be helpful when troubleshooting network issues. Our guide below will show you how to renew the lease on your device.


How to Renew Lease for a Wi-Fi Network on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. Note that many Wi-Fi networks will not require you to manually renew your DHCP lease in this manner, and it’s likely that many iPhone owners will never have to do this. But if you are troubleshooting a Wi-Fi issue on your iPhone and it has been recommended to you that you renew the lease with the network, then continue below.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open the settings app



Step 2: Select the Wi-Fi option.

open the iphone wi-fi menu



Step 3: Touch the i button to the right of the Wi-Fi network to which you are currently connected.

open wi-fi network information screen



Step 4: Select the Renew Lease button near the bottom of the screen.

refresh ip address on iphone 7



Step 5: Tap the Renew Lease button again to confirm that you wish to complete this action.

iphone 7 wi-fi renew lease



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