Mystery Wi-Fi issue still affecting Nexus models running Android 4.2.x

Mystery Wi-Fi issue still affecting Nexus models running Android 4.2.x
Based on a thread at the Google Code site, some of those using Android 4.2.x on the Google Nexus 4 or the Google Nexus 7 are experiencing a problem with Wi-Fi connectivity on the these devices. Starting in November and running to February 1st, there have been complaints about Wi-Fi just cutting off and not working despite normal signal strength. The connection is lost and no syncing is possible. The problem is known as issue 40065.

An XDA forum thread called "Wi-Fi network connectivity issues and a possible fix," started at the end of 2012 detailed a workaround for the Wi-Fi problem with the Google Nexus 4. Just before closing the Google Code thread on February 1st, Google came to the conclusion that some of the issues causing the problem with Wi-Fi had been identified, including scan failures that occurred with some routers. Other issues deal with Channel selection for non US regulatory domain and ARP filtering.  Google said it was still investigating, and that fixes would go out although it was not known when this would happen.

If the problem is happening to your Google Nexus 4 or Google Nexus 7, you can try the fix from XDA. Or, you can continue to wait for the solution from Google. The Mountain View based company has never brought the issue public, but as long as they take care of the problem like they say they will, should it matter?

source: GoogleCode, XDA via AndroidAuthority

Related phones

Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0 inches
    800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera ()
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB,
  • Battery 4325 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



46. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I got so sick of the same issue that I sold my Nexus devices and switched brand without looking back. Google was willing to replace my devices,but I always had the same problem,regardless of the wifi router. Very happy with my little Samsung Tab,Samsung S3 and happier with the LG Optimus G.

45. sundragon

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Nexus 7 16GB - just replaced by Google for the screen separation issue so it's brand new. OS: 4.2.2 The wifi says it's connected (blue) but the internet is non responsive and the wifi indicator has an arrow that is constant. Restarting the router only has a temporary effect. Restarting the tablet has a temporary effect. I've wiped and reset the tablet with no effect. I have 6 devices on my router and none experience this kind of issue. Furthermore, this issue is replicated in the wild on other people's Wifi. I've given the device its own IP address on the router to make sure it's not an IP issue and I've turned off NFC. Nothing has helped and I'm using it less and less... *frustrated rant* Coming from owning Apple devices and wanting to switch - The last device with this many issues was my iphone 3G, 4 years ago... I want to switch to Android but the issues this thing has had (I've had 3 Nexus 7s, 2 replaced by Google Warranty) since I bought it in August 2012 have made it a bad experience. Google is tight lipped as Apple when it comes to these issues. My last iPhone, iPad, and current 5 have minor issues compared to this. Wifi is a primary function of this tablet! As my non Android friends ask me about my experiences with Android, I will be telling them of this, sadly - It's the second Android Tablet I've owned and each time I've been quite unhappy :( I was looking forward to the Nexus 7^2 but I'll probably purchase an iPad Mini because of the continuing issues - I feel like I paid to be a beta tester *end rant*

44. Olly1978

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

There most certainly are serious wifi issues with all Nexus devices since the update to 4.2 - however they only manifest themselves on certain routers. This is why many Nexus owners are baffled by the talk of issues.

40. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

4.2.1 on GNex works fine without issues.

32. RGreen

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Not Android's Flagship with Wi-Fi problems , "got to love it" too many Android Guru's out there, chit I love Android but the word technology refers to the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a preexisting solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input/output relation or perform a specific function. It can also refer to the collection of such tools, including machinery, modifications, arrangements and procedures. Technologies significantly affect human as well as other animal species' ability to control and adapt to their natural environments. The term can either be applied generally or to specific areas technology information technology. "got to love it"

31. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

no issues other than battery life on my galaxy nexus. have brought a double capacity battery for it tho.

30. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

its stories like this that make me happy that i have a galaxy nexus and a nexus 10 :-)

29. judyinnyc

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I got my first Nexus 10 a couple of weeks ago, random reboots, then freezing and finally it would never boot beyond the Google logo. Got a replacement, worked great for a couple of days, now can't keep WiFi connection more than 10 minutes. I am so disappointed...

38. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

No worries, it is not the update, is just typical Android.

28. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I've been having this isssue for a few months now,I have a Google Nexus and the problem happens when I use wireless N. I have returned two routers (Buffalo and Netgear). When I call Google support we go through all the troubleshooting with no luck at all,so they always offer a replacement from Samsung,which has the same issue. Some say it is because of the wifi standard. I never thought I could come across this BS with Google.

25. linneti15

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Phonearena wifi is pretty spotty on my gnex running 4.2.1 aswell, but it has always been spotty but i think it might be slightly worse with this update

22. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

My nexus 10 has WiFi issues. Sometimes it drops the wifi for no reason. Then at times when I'm on the internet it doesn't load web pages even tho my WiFi signal is strong.

18. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I'm not having any wifi issues, but the bluetooth on my Nexus 7 has been on the fritz since the latest 4.2 update.

17. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

i own a nexus 4,7,10 and there is no wifi problem

16. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I had the same issue with my n4. Weak wifi or disconnecting. Even my iPhone 5 had it before an update took care of it. A good software update should fix that up and maybe the battery drain from the media server as well.

15. wendygarett unregistered

Just updated my nexus 7, and let's hope I have no issue on that... And hope my iDevice as well which running the ios6.1, since today is a lunar new year to me :)

35. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Oh Wendy, is their any device you haven't claimed you own?

37. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Don't pay attention at him, nor he has something, nor he will own something, he is just a troll. One day he says that he loves Apple, other day says that he hates Apple, in one comment he says that he will buy Sony Xperia Z and after few minutes in other comment he claims that he will buy Nokia Lumia 920 and so on and on...

42. cheetah2k

Posts: 2333; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Thats what PMS does to ya.. indecisions, indecisions... LOL

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Seems like a PMS every day. :D

14. tedkord

Posts: 17525; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hmmmm. I'll have to check my sons Nexus 4 when I have a day off.

13. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

oh wow what an coincident i was about to report that to google. my nexus 7 keeps disconnecting. i dont think they play well with WPA2 smh going try a new rom soon

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Issues happen, what's the big deal. Google will fix it.

9. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Funny how this story uses every excuse under the sun to make the issue look small but their earlier article about problems in the Windows Phone store gets blown out of all proportion. Meanwhile, idiots like michal fisher and joshua topolsky wonder why we get so frustrated. There's a difference between highlighting a products flaws and spewing out vitriolic fanboy garbage to disparage a competing platform, which is 'something that happens regularly at the verge and pocketnow. I suggest WP users boycott those sites altogether; I know I have.

8. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Zero problems with my N7. I've had it since July '12.

6. andrews317

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

More than a month with me N4 and its the first time I hear from this.

5. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

My Nexus 4 hasn't had any Wi-Fi issues, but my Nexus 7 has all kinds of problems. I often get a "can not connect to proxy server" error in Chrome, which is fixed after turning off Wi-Fi for a bit. Thing is, I've had this problem for a few weeks (while running on 4.1.2).

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Had the same problem with Google Chrome on my GS3 running stock 4.1.1. I un-rooted, installed Google Chrome beta, and now it seems to work perfectly.

3. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

No issues on my Nexus 4 and I use an Apple wifi network lol.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't try to deflect the issue at hand away by bashing apple. The nexus is a great device, but not perfect. Issues affect these's part of tech.

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