Wi-Fi Says Not Configured on Mac, Fix

Several Mac users have reported that they can’t connect to Wi-Fi because Wi-Fi appears to be disabled. Users are experiencing these issues:

  • An X in the Wi-Fi menu’s icon in the menu bar appears. The Wi-Fi icon is also grayed out.
  • When the Wi-Fi icon is clicked, the dropdown menu says “Wi-Fi: Not Configured”.

This article explains how you can fix this issue. Please also note that a similar issue (WiFi: No Hardware Installed Error) may also occur on your Mac.

Not configured error fix

Please try these steps:

1. Re-add the Wi-Fi connector

A. On your Mac, click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Network.

B. On the left, you will see a list of network services. At the bottom, click the add (+, create a new service) icon.

C. A popup menu will appear. Select Wi-Fi as the Interface pop-up menu and give it a name such as Wi-Fi etc and then click Create. A Wi-Fi service will be created.

D. Now, select the new Wi-Fi service in the list, and then click the Turn Wi-Fi On button.

E. Now, you configured a new Wi-Fi service. Does Wi-Fi work now?

2. Renew DHCP Lease

If adding a new service does not work for you, try this:

A. On your Mac, again go to System Preferences > Network, select Wi-Fi and click Advanced.

B. Select the “TCP/IP” tab and then click the Renew DHCP Lease button. Then click Ok.

3. Safe Mode

Simply restart your Mac in Safe Mode. First, you need to determine if you have an Intel-based Mac or a Mac with Apple silicon. If you are not sure, go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview. Depending the Mac you have, follow the appropriate steps:


  • Turn off your Mac.
  • Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold the Shift key.
  • Keep holding the key until the login screen appears.
  • Log in. You may be asked to login a few times.

Apple silicon

  • Turn off your Mac.
  • Press and hold the power button until the startup options screen appears.
  • Select your startup disk.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and click “Continue in Safe Mode.”
  • Log in. You may need to login more than once.

Now your Mac is in Safe Mode. Test your problem. Is Wi-Fi working in Safe Mode? Restart your Mac (this will also leave Safe Mode) and test again.

4. Reset NVRAM and the SMC

Some users have said that they fixed this problem by resetting one or other of these.


You can only do this on Intel Macs. Here is how:

  • Turn off your Mac.
  • Locate these four keys: Option, Command, P, and R.
  • Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold the four keys (Option, Command, P, and R.).
  • Keep holding these keys for about 20 seconds. And then release them.
  • Your Mac will restart. Then test your problem.

If restating NVRAM does not fix, reset the SMC of your Mac.

If you are still experiencing this problem, this may be a hardware problem. Contact Apple.

See also:

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. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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