WiFi Issues on M1 MacBook Pro? Here’s the Fix!

Are you encountering WiFi issues with the M1 Macbook Pro? Despite Apple’s claims that the M1 is their fastest laptop offering yet, you may still encounter problems with your laptop’s internet connection. A slow internet connection can be quite irritating, especially when dealing with tasks such as video streaming, video calls, and downloading large files. 

If you are experiencing a slow connection with your MacBook, there are multiple factors you need to know about that may cause this issue. If you’re currently using a VPN service, it’s expected that your internet speed will slow down. The encryption method and VPN protocol your VPN uses may affect your internet speed.

If you are not using a VPN, then there may be an issue with either your MacBook or the router itself. The following guide will hopefully help you determine why your Wi-Fi experience is slow and show you how to speed it up. 

Perform a Speed Test

The first thing that you need to do is to perform an internet speed test. A speed test measures your current connection’s maximum speed by accessing nearby test servers. 
You can use Speedtest by Ookla to find out how quick your M1 Macbook is. You may also use the built-in Google service by typing “speed test” in search. Click on the “Run Speed Test” button to start the speed test.

google speed test to check for wifi issues on m1 macbook pro

If the speed of your WiFi connection is significantly slower than the typical speed of your internet connection, then you may proceed to check out the rest of this guide to find ways to fix this issue.

Update Your macOS

It’s possible that your MacBook’s MacOS needs updating. An update may fix any issues that you may be encountering with your device’s WiFi.

You can use the Software Update program to update or upgrade macOS. From the Apple menu, choose “System Preferences”. In the System Preferences window, select “Software Update”. 

In the space next to your macOS version, you may see one of two possible options.

  • “Update Now” installs the latest updates for the currently installed version, such as an update from Monterey 12.1 to Monterey 12.2
  • “Upgrade Now” is a major update. This option installs a new version with a new name, such as Big Sur to Monterey.
updating and upgrading macOS

If the Software Update window says that your system is already up to date, then that means macOS and all native apps are up to date. 

Check the Location of your Router

WiFi issues on M1 MacBook pro devices may actually be an issue with the router itself. When using Wi-fi-enabled devices, make sure that the router is placed in an optimal location. A long-distance between the device and the router may result in a weak connection or even disconnection.

Moving your MacBook closer to the router may improve internet speed. Consider purchasing a Wi-Fi extender if the router is still not close enough to where you usually use your device.

Restart Your Device and Router

Your router may require a restart. If restarting your router does not help, you can try doing a full reset of the router. You may look up your router’s instruction manual or go to the manufacturer’s website to learn how to reset your specific model. 

You may also check the indicator lights on your router to see whether a connection has been registered. If an indicator light has not come on, you may refer to the documentation that came with the router. If problems persist, you may have to contact your Internet Service Provider for assistance.

Rebooting your MacBook may also fix your network issues. This is especially the case if internet speed is not a problem with any other devices. You can find the Restart option under the Apple menu, as seen below.

Restart option for macOS could help in case there are wifi issues on m1 macbook pro

Run the Wireless Diagnostics Tool

Your macOS has a built-in diagnostics tool for finding issues with your Wi-Fi network. We can run the Wireless Diagnostics tool to find out other possible solutions to your connection issue.

While you’re connected to the Wi-Fi network, hold the Option button on your keyboard and click the Wi-Fi icon found in the menu bar. Select Open Wireless Diagnostics.

selecting wireless diagnostics tool

Afterward, a prompt will ask if you would like to continue the diagnosis. Click on “Continue” to allow the tool to run diagnostic tests on your system.

Once the analysis is complete, you will see a list of detected issues and possible solutions. Clicking on the information icon will bring up relevant details about each issue detected.

analysis of the diagnostics tool can help diagnose wifi issues on m1 macbook

Reset Wi-Fi Settings

To reset a Mac’s network settings, you must delete your Wi-Fi connection and add it back again.

Locate the Apple icon on your screen. Afterward, click on it and select System Preferences in the dropdown menu.

In the window, click Network, then select your Wi-Fi connection from the list shown.

Selecting network options under System Preferences

To forget the network, click on the ‘-’ minus icon under the list of connections. Next, click Apply to make the changes.

how to forget a network

Lastly, click the ‘+’ plus icon and enter your Wi-Fi connection’s details.

Remove Unnecessary Accessories

Some USB 3 and USB-C devices may affect the Wi-Fi connection of devices they are plugged into. These devices may generate radio interference in the 2.4GHz frequency, which may cause WiFi issues on M1 MacBook pro devices.

Unplug all USB 3 and USB-C devices and retest the speed of your internet connection. If accessories do turn out to be the cause of a slower connection, there are several workarounds to this issue.

  • Use higher quality accessories. Cheaper accessories may not pass all regulations and cause issues with your MacBook.
  • Shift your Wi-Fi installation to a different frequency. MacB.oks offer a 5GHz frequency, however do note that not all routers support this frequency.

Change the Network Service Order

You may also try to change the order of the network ports your MacBook uses to connect to the network. 

On your Mac, choose the Apple menu and click on System Preferences. Select the Network option and click on Set Service Order.

setting the service preferences

A pop-up window will list the available network options. Your device will prioritize whatever is at the top of the list. You may drag the services in the order you want. Click OK, then click Apply to make the necessary changes.

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