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How To Reset Network Settings in Windows, Android & iOS

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So, you are facing a problem with your network connection and are blaming yourself for playing with the settings because of which you are facing the network problem.

Fortunately, one can easily reset his/her network setting with the help of a few techniques that I will be discussing in this article.

The resetting your network setting will vanish any unwanted changes that you have made to the settings.

In this article, we will be aiming to solve your network problems. So, let’s get started.

What will happen if I reset network settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 is very vulnerable to human errors, i.e; wrongful twitches in settings. Because of this, your computer may face dozens of connection issues. These issues can be very irritating and very difficult to find. They can prevail either in the Wifi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, VPN, etc because of a very absurd reason that is your unguided curiosity.

To solve all this we reset the network settings. This reset is nothing but a method to get your PC back to the factory version and is often referred to as factory reset.

The resetting the network or the factory reset should be your last option as because of it you will also lose the deliberate customization that you have made to your network setting.

Now, let’s look at the effect it will have on different network devices in your computer:-

Wi-Fi:-

The resetting will stop you from connecting to all your saved wifi networks automatically as it will remove the password from your computer. Not only that resetting will also delete any customed alteration that you have made to your Wifi’s setting such as changing metered connection, DNS settings, etc.

Ethernet Network:-

Even though ethernet is just another wire inserted into your computer but the resetting will also affect that. After resetting you need to redo the MAC binding and dial-up the connection again. Basically, your ethernet will be reset to the factory mode and then you have again set the connection.

Note: As ethernet connections can be tricky to set and are often very customized by the users, therefore, it is better for you to take notes from the previous connection.

Bluetooth:-

Since the Bluetooth doesn’t really have a lot of customization going on, therefore, you might not need to worry a lot about them. Unpairing the paired network is the only effect the reset will have on your Bluetooth connection.

Network Adapters:-

Network Reset will impact your Network Adapter the most. When you reset the connection, the installed network adapters will be uninstalled, but the good thing is that you don’t need to install them manually as all the network adapters will be installed again automatically. That being said, the resetting will also undo any customization that you have done to the adapter.

Will network resetting delete all my files?

The network resetting only deals with your communication devices such as wifi, ethernet, etc, it doesn’t affect your personal data and files. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about them.

Troubleshoot the Network Issue with Reset Network Settings

Resetting Network sharing should be your last option as sometimes the problem is not as big as we think. To solve the problem we are going to reset the network issue. Microsoft provides its users with an in-built Network Troubleshooter with the help of which you can easily resolve your network errors.

The best thing about this tool is that even if you don’t exactly know the problem you can find and then fix it with the help of Troubleshooter. 

To run the troubleshooting tool in Windows 10 use the following steps:-

Step 1: Launch Settings by either opening the start menu>settings icon or by right-clicking the start menu>settings.

Step 2: From the appeared screen click on the “update and security” option.

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Step 3: Then click will redirect you to the “update and security” portal. Now you need to click on “Troubleshoot” placed in the list located on the left side of the screen.

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Step 4: Now, you need to observe the problem that you are facing.

If you are facing a problem with your internet connection then you need to click on the “Internet Connection” button placed under the list titted “Get up and running”.

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On the other hand, if you are facing problems with your Network Adapter or Incoming Connection then you need to select those as they are placed under “Find and Fix other problem”.

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Step 5: Now click on run the troubleshoot. To start fixing your network problems. After than do according to your on-screen assistance.

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Your computer will take a minute or two to find the problem out.

Step 6: After the completion of the scanning process, you will be able to see the problem in the dialogue box titled “problem found”. In that particular window, you need to click on the “Try these as an administrator” button to fix the problem and you are good to go.

One thing you should always keep in mind that at the end of the day the troubleshooting tool is nothing more than a software and it’s just capable of solving some not so serious problems, especially the one with setting errors.

If you aren’t able to solve the problem with the help of this tool then do not panic. The problem is still solvable but requires a little extra effort.

Reset Network Settings in Windows 10 with Windows settings

One thing you need to know about the troubleshooting tool is that it’s not something like a magic stick that you will just run and all the errors will be eradicated from your computer. To eradicate all the setting problems from your computer you need to know reset network settings.

If you have accidentally changed your setting then you should consider resetting the network setting. Not only that with the reset setting option one can easily reset his network adapter, protocol settings, etc.

We are going to reset the network settings with the help of the Windows settings application. To do that, you need to follow these steps.

Step 1: Launch Settings by either opening the start menu>settings icon or by right-clicking the start menu>settings.

Step 2: Now from the appeared window click on the “Network & Internet” button and then from the list placed on the left side of the screen click on Status.

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Step 3: After going to the “Status” portal you need to scroll down and then click on the “Network reset” option.

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Step 4: Then click will redirect you to the Network Reset Window, where you need to click on the “Reset now” button. After which you will be asked to confirm your decision, click on “YES” and you are good to go.

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Now, your PC’s network setting will be reset, the process requires you to restart the computer therefore save any important document that you are working on.

Reset Network Setting in Windows 10 with the help of PowerShell

PowerShell or the command prompt has always been a lifesaver for windows users. You just need to open the software, type a command, and your problem is solved. In this section, we will be using PowerShell to reset the network settings in Windows 10 operating system.

To do that you need to first launch PowerShell as an administrator by either searching it out from the start menu or by Run box(Win + R), type “powershell” and hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

We have created a list of different reset options and their respective commands.

  • Command to reset your DNS settings: Clear-DnsClientCache
  • Get the list of the network adapter on your computer: Get-NetAdapter
  • Disable a network adapter: Disable-NetAdapter-name, in the place of the “name” you need to write the name of the adapter that you want to disable.
  • Enable a network adapter: Enable-NetAdapter -name, in the place of the “name” you need to write the name of the adapter that you want to enable. This command is a follow up of the disable command mentioned prior to it.
  • Release your current IP: ipconfig /release
  • Renew your IP: ipconfig /renew, this command is a follow up of the previously mentioned release command.
  • Reset your PC’s Winsock setting: netsh winsock reset
  • Reset your PC’s protocol stack(TCP/IP): netsh int ip reset
  • Remove all the current network devices: netcfg -d

Now you can use these commands as per your needs as all of them work differently.

You might have to restart your PC once or twice in order to get this command working. Especially the “netcfg -d” command which is used to remove all the current network devices and will reset your network settings needs the computer to restarted to perform its task.

Reset Network Settings in Android:-

Android has a very user-friendly interface making the network resetting job as easy as it gets.

To reset network settings in Android you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Settings app and click on the “More” option.

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Step 2: Click on the Network settings reset button.

Step 3: Now you will be redirected to the network reset panel, there you will see the sections that this reset will effect(Wifi, Bluetooth, and Mobile Data), click on Reset settings and you are good to go.

Wrap-up:-

We have seen the nuances and the methods of network resetting. Let’s wrap up the article with a few takeaway points from this article.

  •  Network reset is nothing but a method to get your PC’s network back to the factory version and is often referred to as factory reset.
  • Network reset will delete all the saved wifi, Bluetooth, or Ethernet connections but will not have any effect on the stored files.
  • To troubleshoot the network settings, launch settings, update, and security>troubleshoot>Internet Connection/network adapter/Incoming connection(depending on your requirement)>run the troubleshoot.
  • To reset network settings from Windows settings, launch Settings, Network & Internet>Status>Network reset>Reset now>Yes.
  • To reset network settings from PowerShell, launch PowerShell in Elevated mode(admin mode), type “netcfg -d” and hit enter.
  • To reset network settings in android you need to launch settings, More>Network setting Reset>Reset Settings.

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