Last Updated on January 16, 2014 by RetiredAndAngry
Well I don’t, I don’t own any of their products, but I know a man who does.
About a year ago a new ios upgrade was released for the iPhone 4S. His was on the Vodafone network but I don’t suppose that matters very much. Having installed the ios upgrade he noted that the little radio button for turning wifi on and off was greyed out so it had become impossible to connect to a wifi network as it couldn’t be turned on
He spent ages googling the problem, discovering all sorts of ‘fixes’ suggested by folk, none of which worked for him. Then he spent hours on the phone to Apple trying to find a solution and was told “Oh we know about that, your wifi antenna has come dislodged, take it into an Apple store and we can fix that for you for £100”
Needless to say he didn’t because a) It coincided with the release of the new ios and b) it coincided with the release of the iPhone 5.
So, he reluctantly threw the phone in its box in the corner and bought an iPhone 5.
He recently had the idea of selling his old phone on eBay, and realised it would be worth more if the wifi was fixed, so off-a-googling he went again and found something on YouTube. Not only did this fix work, but allegedly it has been posted on Apple’s website several times but they keep deleting it.
The fix is simply this;
- Borrow Mum’s hairdryer (honestly)
- Use the hairdryer to heat up your iPhone until the overheating warning appears in the screen
- Turn off the hairdryer and allow the phone to cool
- Reboot the Phone
- Voila, the wifi radio button now works again and wifi can be turned on and off.
This is apparently some technical issue concerning the chip, heating it up forces the phone to recognise the chip again, and all is well. A certain hard-fruit company is aware of this (allegedly) but seemingly don’t want you to know.
If you have this problem it’s worth a try, not much too lose really. I know it works, I watched it happen.