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Surprisingly Easy Ways You Can Reset Network Settings on Mac!

Issue With Network Connection? Fix-It In 5 Minutes!

A network connection allows you to browse the internet on your Mac computer. Without the internet, we won't be able to free-call or message other people on the messaging apps or use specific programs. So, knowing how to fix your Wi-Fi connection is important.

Surprisingly Easy Ways You Can Reset Network Settings on Mac!

When your internet connection stops working, you might get confused about what to do to make it work again. The best option is to reset network settings. It will reset the connection and reset its settings to default.

This guide will walk you through 3 simple fixes that anyone can do by following provided steps. You will learn how to reset network settings using the Terminal app, System Preferences, and by deleting configuration files.

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Why Should I Reset Network Settings on Mac?

Issues with the internet connection are not that rare. You might experience problems with the network either due to system, server errors or due to your own setting tweaks.

Network settings are pretty sensitive, and even some simple changes can influence the connection. That's why if you're having issues, resetting network settings should help fix them.

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Reset Mac Network Settings Using the Terminal App

The easiest and fastest way to reset network settings is by using the Terminal app. All you need to do is copy and paste two command lines.

To reset network settings using Terminal, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Terminal app. You can find it in Launchpad, Finder Applications folder, or open it by using Spotlight search.
2. In the Terminal window, enter the following command: sudo ifconfig en0 down
This command should disable your network connection.
3. Enter your admin account password. The characters won't be shown in the window.

Enter first command in Terminal

4. Then, enter the following command: sudo ifconfig en0 up
This will re-enable the Wi-Fi connection.

Enter Terminal second command

If the second command doesn't turn on the Wi-Fi, enter the following command: ifconfig -a

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Reset Mac Network Settings In System Preferences

The second method is also fairly simple, but it requires more steps. You will have to delete and re-add your Wi-Fi connection.

To reset network settings in System Preferences, follow the steps below:

1. In the menu bar click on the Apple logo.
2. Go to "System Preferences".
3. Then, click on "Network".

Go to Network

4. Select "Wi-Fi".
5. Click on the "-" button.

Remove Wi-Fi

6. Wait for a few seconds and click on the "+" button.
7. Click on the drop-down menu and select "Wi-Fi".
8. When done, click on "Create" and, when exiting, select "Apply".

Click on Create

9. Select your Wi-Fi name and enter the password.

Now check if your Mac is connected to the network.

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Reset Mac Network Settings By Deleting Network Configuration Files

If the other two methods don't help, try to reset network configuration files. This method is a bit complicated, but your network should start working if you follow everything step-by-step.

To reset network settings by deleting configuration files, follow the steps below:

1. Disable Wi-Fi on Mac.
2. Make sure Finder is open and from the menu bar, click on "Go".
3. Click on "Go to Folder".

Select Go to Folder

4. In the path bar, enter the following path: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

Go to System Configuration folder

5. When a Finder window appears, locate and select these files:

com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
com.apple.network.identification.plist or com.apple.network.eapolclient.configuration.plist
com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
NetworkInterfaces.plist
preferences.plist

Select and delete files

6. Make copies of those files and save them to another folder in another location. Only when the files backup is created proceed to the next step.
7. Then, select the files again, move them to Trash, or delete them as you prefer. If asked, enter your Mac's password.
8. When done, permanently delete the files from Trash and restart the Mac.

The files you deleted will be created again automatically. This will reset the network settings.

After the macOS reset, you can delete the files backup you created.

We hope you found what you were looking for and successfully reset network settings.

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