Ever struggled to connect to a network for seemingly no reason while on your android device? Despite there being a signal and you entering the correct password?
If that is the case you may be seeing the ‘AP Currently Not In Use' error.
This is an annoying, but generally easy to fix error. Read on to find out what you can do to sort out the problem.
What Does The “AP Currently Not In Use” Error Mean? Can It Be Fixed?
The issue in play here is that your device thinks that access point you are trying to connect to is not being used. In this sense, access point can mean your router, wireless dongle, or basically whatever you are trying to use to access the network.
The reason it thinks your AP is not in use is likely because your phone or tablet is struggling to connect to the network. In fact, if you look at the access point you are trying to connect to you probably have a fairly weak signal.
Phones often don’t have as strong an ability to pick up wifi signals when compared to laptops or desktop computers. As such, even if you can get a good connection using another device, you won’t necessarily get a good connection with your android tablet/smartphone.
The good news is that there are a number of easy fixes that you can use to try to sort out this problem! Read on to find out what they are.
How To Fix The “AP Currently Not In Use” Error
Restart Your Device (and Router)!
Yep, sometimes the old 'turn it off and turn it on again' saying works wonders!
Try restarting? your Android device first. If no joy, then restart the router (if you are able to).
Sometimes a restart is all you need...?
Choose A Different Connection
This is certainly the simplest option. While not always possible, if there is a connection with a stronger signal it will generally be better to connect to it.
Remember, even if you manage to connect to the network you are seeing the error on, the poor signal strength may result in a less than optimum experience.
Move To Somewhere With A Better Signal
The first fix is certainly the easiest. If at all possible just move to somewhere that is either closer to the access point/router, or in a place with less interference. This could be as simple as moving to a different seat in your home or office.
Uncheck The ‘Avoid Poor Connections’ Option
The 'Avoid Poor Connections option on your phone is simply an option that is supposed to ensure that you always have a good internet connection. However, sometimes if there are no other connections available or if you don’t want to use data, you may find that a slow connection is better than no connection.
To turn this setting off simply go to:
Settings --> Wifi --> More settings --> Advanced
and then make sure the box next to ‘Avoid poor connections’ is unchecked.
It should be noted that some Android phones do not have the ‘Avoid poor connections’ option. If this is the case, please try one of our other tips.
Here's a video that might help (apologies for the music!)?
Uncheck/Recheck Automatic Date and Time
Again, within settings, go to 'Automatic Date & Time' and uncheck. Then check it again.
Restart your phone/tablet after?
Use A Static IP Address
This is another simple solution that should have you connected to the internet in no time!
The first thing you will have to do is find your network subnet, and then, find your network’s DHCP range.
Once you have this, you will simply need to choose an IP address that is both within the subnet and outside the DHCP range and then enter it into your phone.
To do this just follow the steps below:
We hope this helped you out! Did it work for you? Or maybe you have some other fixes?
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