Mac Catalina Wi-Fi Problems, Fix

Several users said that wireless internet is not working properly after updating to macOS Catalina. More specifically, users stated that their browsers (Safari, Chrome etc) stopped loading websites even though the Wi-Fi seems to be connected.

You are not connected to the Internet error

If you are having this problem, then this article is for you. Please after trying each step test to see if your Wi-Fi problem is fixed:

See also: How To Disable Wi-Fi Auto-Join in macOS

1. Update your Mac if there is an update available. You can check that by going to Apple menu > About This Mac > Software Update.

2. Disable Wi-Fi (you can do so by clicking the Wi-Fi icon and selecting ‘Turn Wi-Fi Off’  in the menu bar) and wait a few seconds and then re-enable it.

turn off wifi

3. Restart everything:

  • Restart your Mac by goign to the Apple menu and Restart
  • Restart your modem and router

4. Create a new network location:

  1. On your Mac, click the Apple menuApple Menu System Preferences
  2. Click System Preferences
  3. Click NetworkNetwork
  4. Click the Location drop down menu (This says Automatic, unless you changed it before)Location
  5. Click Edit LocationsEdit Location
  6. Click the plus (+) sign to add a new locationadd location
  7. Rename the new location if you want
  8. Click Done
  9. And click Apply (Network pane).
  10. Now try to test if your Internent problem is resolved.

See also: Your Mac or iPhone Can’t Connect to a Public Wi-Fi Hotspot (Captive)? Fix

5. If you are still having this problem, restart your Mac in safe mode. Here is how:

  1. Turn off your Mac
  2. Turn on your Mac and immdediately press and hold the Shift key until you see the login screen.
  3. When you see the login screen, you may release the Shift key.
  4. Login
  5. Your Mac will start in safe mode. In safe mode, do you have Wi-Fi problems?
  6. Restart your Mac. This time restart normally.

6. Remove Wi-Fi and readd again. Here is how:

  1. On your Mac go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Network
  2. Select Wi-Fi (left menu)
  3. Then click the minus (-) sign to remove it remove wi-fi
  4. Then Click Apply
  5. After that now click the plus (+) sign. You will see a window saying “select the interface and enter a name for the new service.” Select Wi-Fi and click Create then Apply. add wi-fi

 

After trying the steps above, are you having issues with getting connected to a Wi-Fi network with your Mac? Then it is time to contact Apple Support.

See also: How to reset network settings on Mac 

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University.

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60 thoughts on “Mac Catalina Wi-Fi Problems, Fix”

  1. I think Catalina on my new 2020 Mac Air is too fast for my slow wifi network and it gives up too soon. I can go anywhere quickly if I connect to the net through my iphone. However, if I connect through my wifi device to the network, which is very slow much of each month, I can only go to the few built-in websites (google, wikipedia) slowly. All of the other websites fail with the message “Safari can’t find the server.”

    On the other hand, if I use my Macbook Pro running Mojave, I can use either my iphone or go through the slow network connection to go to any website.

    Is there anyway for Catalina to allow more time for Safari to locate websites?

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  2. Same problem here with a MacBook Pro since the upgrade to Catalina. Every time just reset the PRAM, reset the SMC, safe mode start etc etc and yes, a few hours wifi if I am lucky.
    Sad to read how this mishap is handled by the Apple kingdom. Feels we are just here to serve that company with money to do their things…… no customer orientation at all….

    Will start to call their helpdesk see what they can add to a possible solution.

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  3. Try go to Date & Time and check if the box for “Set date and time Automically” got unchecked. If yes, place the check back.

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  4. I had the similar issue and followed the network steps provided by many sites and they did not work, but exactly worked for me was i delete the SSID of the network that i wanted to join and then rejoined same SSID it prompted for the password and SWEET it did work

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  5. Not all heroes wear capes! Mine worked with creating a new network, thanks so much! I hope it lasts haha, a big thank you.

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  6. I had this issue of no internet after installing Catalina and it turned out to be my VPN stopped working correctly, but even when disconnected from it I couldn’t get back on the internet.

    To resolve I went into network settings and removed the VPN. Immediately I could get back online. I opened the VPN again afterwards and it is on the network list again and no problems since. (This took place about a month ago).

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