Do you own Google Pixel or Pixel XL? Are you having problems with WiFi connection on your Pixel phones? Well, then trust us you are not alone because we have heard many such cases around and many of them are asking us to provide sure solutions for it. Having WiFi at home and at a job place certainly saves lots of money and also gives you seamless connectivity, but that is not the case with Pixel phones, well sometimes.

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Not only the connections but it has been noticed that the WiFi goes so slow that the major apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat face loading problems and you actually not able to see pictures and the interface goes grey. We know this must be an extremely frustrating experience for you. Just read on and you will get some of the best solutions so that you can fix your Google Pixel and Pixel XL WiFi problems. If you have made your Google Pixel or Pixel XL phones as WiFi hotspots like any other Android phone then this problem needs an urgent attention for sure.

How to Fix Google Pixel and Pixel XL WiFi Problems

How to Fix Google Pixel and Pixel XL WiFi Problems

Forget those WiFi networks which you don’t need

Sometimes when you have chosen too many WiFi networks then too this connection problem is a possibility when you are hooked up with Pixel phone. So it is better to forget those networks which are not currently in use. The easiest way to do is to find a WiFi connection and long press it till you get the option of ‘Forget’. But, if you want to go through a complete procedure then follow the steps given below.

Step #1. Turn on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone.

Step #2. Swipe down the notification panel from the top of your screen and select ‘Settings’.

Step #3. Browse through the Network connections and tap on WiFi.

Step #4. Check whether your WiFi connection is OFF or ON. If it is OFF then turn it ON.

Step #5. Now, you must be seeing a long list of WiFi networks, tap on the network you wish to forget for now and tap on ‘Forget’ option.

You can ‘Forget’ as many networks as you wish to. This will only help your Pixel phone to remember less number of networks only and that should enhance your surfing experience.

Google Pixel/Pixel XL switches randomly between WiFi and Data

There is a ‘Smart network switch’ made available on both Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. This switch automatically switches networks between WiFi and mobile networks like LTE etc. This will help you to get stable networks every time you are surfing. The connection either LTE or WiFi, which gives your Pixel phones the best signals will be connected automatically, so make sure that your ‘Smart network switch is on’ all the time. But, there is a catch over here too. Sometimes the networks keep on changing more often than not and that causes you problems as well. So there are two ways to disable the effects of Smart Network switch. One is to turn off your WiFi and the other is to off the Smart Network switch itself. This is how you can do it.

Turn off WiFi on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Step #1. Make sure that your Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones are ON, if not then turn them on.

Step #2. Select Menu, then tap on Settings.

Step #3. Now tap on Connections and select WiFi.

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Step #4. If your WiFi is ON then touch the ON/OFF slider next to the WiFi option to OFF.

Disable the Smart Network switch on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Step #1. If your Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are not turned on then please turn them ON.

Step #2. Enable Mobile Network Data connection on your smartphone.

Step #3. Now follow this path: Menu → Settings → and Wireless.

Step #4. Here you will see ‘Smart Network switch’ right at the start of the page, uncheck the box next to this option.

With the steps given above your Smart Network switch will no longer be working on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones. To check whether you have done the process correctly just ON your WiFi network if it is OFF. Now you will see that your Smart Network switch is disabled on your smartphone.

How to Fix the slow WiFi problem on Pixel and Pixel XL

Another reason could be the slow WiFi, particularly in the case of facing gray images problem. So it is better that we make our WiFi faster so that your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram get loaded fast and you can enjoy them fully. Here is the procedure on how you can fix the slow WiFi problem on Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones.

Step #1. Power off your Google Pixel and/or Google Pixel XL phone.

Step #2. Now hold the Power, Volume UP and Home buttons simultaneously for a while.

Step #3. If you have followed the above step perfectly then after few seconds your Google Pixel or Pixel XL phone will vibrate and it will start in the recovery mode, so wait for your smartphone to start in recovery mode.

Step #4. Search for ‘wipe cache partition’ in the recovery mode and start it.

Step #5. It will take few minutes. Once the procedure is over your smartphone will prompt you to restart, just tap on ‘Reboot system now’.

This should get your WiFi connection work faster than before as it clears all the cache partitions on your Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Remember, if you follow this step once in a month you probably won’t get a slower connection in future.

Go for the technical assistance

This is the last resort as we all know. You can get two types of technical assistance if you have WiFi problems with your Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. One is the router problem which could be causing the slow internet or various problems related to it. For clearing this problem you should better contact the WiFi service provider and also a capable engineer who can fix the hardware problems if any concerned with the router.

The other side of it is the damaged Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone. Better visit the official service station for Google phones and ask for a competent judgment on whether your smartphone is damaged or not. If that is the case then you should ask for a replacement.

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These are the best tips or tricks you will get ever to fix the WiFi connection problems for your Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. If you too are facing the same then try using one or all of these tricks we have advised here.

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