The recently discovered bug that disabled Wi-Fi on iPhone and iPad when users connected to specific Wi-Fi networks has been fixed in iOS 14.7 beta 5. Apple has not revealed the fix in release notes but the patch has been confirmed by YouTuber Zollotech in his newest video.
iOS 14.7 beta 5 fixes pesky Wi-Fi disabling bug
As we had covered last month, users on iOS 14.6 and previous versions found that their Wi-Fi would disable permanently when they tried to connect to a Wi-Fi network with the name “%p%s%s%s%s%n.” This issue was confirmed to be working on both iPhone and iPad, on iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6. Even users on previous beta versions of iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 were not safe from this rather annoying bug.
The fix to this permanent Wi-Fi disconnectivity was a network reset which could be performed by going to General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. It is unconfirmed whether this solution worked for everyone or if there were devices that still could not get their Wi-Fi restored after this fix.
YouTuber Zollotech posted a new video in which he did a roundup of the new features and changes in iOS 14.7 5. There are not really any new features in this beta update, however, he was able to successfully demonstrate an iPhone on iOS 14.7 beta 5 connecting to a Wi-Fi network with “%p%s%s%s%s%n” as its name. He was able to connect, disconnect and even switch to other Wi-Fi networks without any issue. Check out the video below:
It is very much like Apple to not publicly announce when it fixes such annoying bugs in iOS. The company usually rolls out the fix silently and does not release a statement, apart from a generic one to say that they are working on a solution to fix the issue which impacts ‘some devices’. However, official announcement or not, the issue has been fixed in iOS 14.7 beta 5 which should be available as a public release soon.