Nexus 5 Users Report WiFi Connectivity Issues With Android 5.0 Lollipop

1280px-Wi-Fi_Logo.svgAndroid 5.0 Lollipop is officially here, introducing a wide range of new features like a Material theme, revamped notifications, and Project Volta power-saving technology. Like all major OS updates, however, it’s susceptible to several bugs, one of which involves WiFi connectivity.

Some Nexus 5 users report being unable to connect to their home/office’s wireless network after upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop, whereas others report being randomly disconnected for no apparent reason. It’s disheartening to say the least when you finally receive the Lollipop update only to discover this critical issue. Granted, you can still send and receive phone calls, access the Internet via your cell carrier’s data plan, and use your apps as you normally would, but lack of WiFi is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first WiFi issue to affect Nexus 5 smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop. When the new OS version was initially released, users reported having their battery drain when connected to a wireless network. Google has since fixed the battery drain issue, but now users are forced to deal with connectivity problems. Of course, the WiFi connectivity problem doesn’t affect all Nexus 5 devices. If you’re still running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, you should be safe from this issue. And some Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 Lollipop say their WiFi works just fine.

One Nexus 5 user posted the following message in regards to the Android 5.0 Lollipop issue:

The phone disconnects for no reason, and is not able to reconnect, even by retyping the WPA2 key, and sometimes it’s not even able to detect any wifi network… After a reboot, perfectly reconnects. Running Android 5.0 LRX21O. No problem when it was in 4.4.4 KitKat. Wifi access point uses WPA2-PSK,” wrote one user on the Google forums.

So, how do you resolve the Nexus 5 WiFi issue? Unfortunately, there’s no definitive solution as of yet. If you’re still running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, you can hold off on upgrading to Lollipop until Google has issued a fix. But if you’re already running Android 5.0 Lollipop, you’ll have to use your cell carrier’s data plan instead of WiFi. This isn’t a major issue — assuming you have a decent data plan — but it’s still something that Google needs to fix, and soon.

Note: the WiFi connectivity issue isn’t limited strictly to the Nexus 5. Reports suggest it also affects the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets.

Have you experienced WiFi connectivity or other problems after upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop? Let us know in the comments section below!

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