How to Fix Obtaining IP Address Error in Android Phone

 When you experience a network problem like “Failed to Obtain IP Address,” it’s worth turning your phone’s airplane mode on and then back off. Doing so disconnects your phone from all your networks and then reconnects to all networks. This should fix most minor network problems with your device.

How to Fix Obtaining IP Address Error in Android Phone


You can enable airplane mode by pulling down from the top of your phone’s screen and selecting Airplane mode. Then, wait for five seconds and turn the mode back off by tapping the Airplane mode tile.

How to Fix Obtaining IP Address Error in Android Phone:

Granted, this is really what you’re after. You want to get rid of this error and connect so you can surf the web.

Here are two methods depending on which Android version you’re using.

  • Android version up to 4.0
  • Step 1: Go to Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Wireless and Networks. Turn on Wi-Fi and enter Wi-Fi settings.
  • Step 3: Tap Menu and select Advance.
  • Step 4: Check Use Static IP. Assign IP of your choice and change the other variables according to this:

  • Gateway : 192.168.1.1
  • Net mask : 255.255.255.0
  • DNS 1 : 8.8.8.8
  • DNS 2 : 8.8.8.4

Step 5: Save settings and you are done.

Android versions 4.1 and above

  • Step 1: Go to Settings>Wireless and Networks>Turn On Wi-Fi.
  • Step 2: Long press on connected network.
  • Step 3: Press on Modify Network>IP Settings>Menu>Static.
  • Step 4: Assign IP address of your choice and leave other variables alone.
  • Step 5: Save settings and you are done.

As you go through the steps, make sure to assign a unique IP address that isn’t going to conflict with other connected devices. Otherwise you aren’t going to fix the problem.

There are also suggestions of using a third-party app, but usually one of these two solutions should work. There is a concern that the third-party apps saying they can solve this issue may be spam. If you tried one of these solutions – depending on what version of Android you’re using – and it still doesn’t work, contact Google Support or talk to your phone carrier for additional advice.

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