How do I display the WiFi symbol when connected to WiFi? iOS 8 used to show the WiFi symbol in place of LTE when connected to WiFi. Now, after the iOS 9 update, it always display LTE, even though I'm connected to WiFi. It shows I'm connected to my router in settings, and I also pinged my local router with a ping app.

iPhone 5, iOS 9.0.1.

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    If it isn't off already, try turning off Wi-Fi Assist at the bottom of Settings > Cellular. The behavior you describe doesn't seem normal, and it may not help, but it's worth a shot.
    – 0942v8653
    Oct 2, 2015 at 23:22
  • I tried that, but it still showed LTE.
    – Chloe
    Oct 2, 2015 at 23:27
  • Sounds like a bug; have you tried backing up and restoring from scratch? (But only after backing up, and making sure you backed up. Did I mention to backup first? ;-)
    – Brian M.
    Oct 3, 2015 at 2:17
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    I see the same thing, especially after it's been on for a few days. Turning it on and off fixes it but it's probably a bug
    – lc.
    Nov 10, 2015 at 15:35

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It should show up so the fact that it doesn't indicates a problem. In the past, Apple has focused on reliability for newer models and then subsequently released a X.1 version with under-the-hood work done for older devices. So it wouldn't surprise me if it is a deeper problem.

Two simple things to try right off would be a hard reboot of the device if you haven't already. You can do that by holding the home and power button down until you see the Apple logo. Also, make sure that you are on the latest version of iOS. iOS 9.0.2 is out now, so update and hopefully that will solve your issue.

If that doesn't work, you have to take it up a notch. You could try resetting all preferences to see if that solves the problem. Go to Settings - General - Reset - Erase all Settings to perform that function. If that doesn't work, the other main thing to try would be to restore the phone. Make sure you have a backup (I always like to have two), wipe the device, then restore.

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    Thanks, that was it. I turned it off then on, and now it works!
    – Chloe
    Oct 3, 2015 at 7:05
  • Rebooting solved the issue for me. I'm on ios 9.2.1 On iPhone 6S Plus. Feb 19, 2016 at 6:17
  • Off then on didn't work. Restart didn't work. Soft reset didn't work. For me, 'Reset All Settings' did the trick. iOS10.0.2. Note that it is not 'Erase All Content and Settings'. That would have been my next choice.
    – oyalhi
    Oct 27, 2016 at 14:21
  • This issue can also happen if you connect with USB to a Mac that has internet connection sharing turned on. iOS will turn off the wifi icon, which can leave you with the impression that your cellular data is being used, when it isn't! Apr 3, 2017 at 16:30

It seems like soft resetting the iPhone is the only way to restore the symbol. I have an iPhone 5 too, and also have this problem.

I am able to connect to the router and can even browse the internet with my data service disabled from my carrier's end, but it still shows up as 3g or lte in place of the wifi symbol.

As stated before, the wifi assist which is turned on by default was turned off by me.

Might try a reset but not sure if I want to put that much effort into this. It appears to be using wifi data rather than cell data after all. It's just confusing to know which I'm connected to at a glance without going into the settings ño double check every time.

  • Just turn it off & on.
    – Chloe
    Oct 22, 2015 at 19:41

A hard reset worked for me. I was not showing the icon on 5S but wifi was working.

  • You don't have to reset it. Just turn it off & on.
    – Chloe
    Nov 7, 2015 at 19:50

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