How to Reset Network Settings on Mac: 4 Methods

Last Updated on Aug 2, 2022

Wi-Fi and network-related problems usually create trouble for Mac users, and there are very few workarounds that could easily fix these types of problems. One of the best solutions is resetting network settings on Mac [With Terminal Command], this will definitely help you troubleshoot the network connectivity issues. Often Mac keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi, Safari won’t load websites, FaceTime doesn’t connect, and many more things could appear while using the Mac, and the only worked trick is to reset network settings on MacBook, Mac, and other macOS devices.

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However, resetting network settings on macOS is quite different than the iOS, and a bit tedious process, while iOS and iPadOS have separate options to one-click reset network settings. So follow the below two methods to reset network settings on Mac, and MacBook.

How to Reset Network Settings on Mac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

Method 1: Remove and Re-Add the Wi-Fi Interface

If the above method doesn’t work for you, then delete and add the Wi-Fi interface from the Mac. Here’s how to do it. In this process, Your mac will generate a new connection file for WiFi. If you have a problem with the Ethernet connection then Delete & Re-add the Ethernet Interface profile to Mac Network settings.

We can create more than one WiFi interface with different service names at once and Switch any time.

On MacOS Ventura:- Reset Network Settings

Step 1→ Go to the Apple Logo from the top menu > System Settings.

system-settings-on-macos-ventura-on-mac

Step 2→ Next, Open Network Option > Right click on WiFi Profile > Choose “Delete Service…“.

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Step 3→ Now, Click on DeleteDo you really want to delete the service titled “Wi-Fi”?

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Step 4→ Now, Re-add a New WiFi profile under the More service option, at last, down arrow > Add Service.

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Step 5→ Select Interface: Wi-Fi and Give the name of your WiFi network. Click on Create.

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That’s it. Follow the below steps to Reset Network Settings on MacOS Monterey & Earlier.

On MacOS Monterey & Earlier:- Reset Network Settings

  1. Click on the Apple icon from the Top Mac Menu. Select System Preferences.Finder System Preferences option on Mac
  2. Choose the Network option.Networks Settings on Mac
  3. Click on the Wi-Fi on the side panel and then click on (-) minus to delete it.Create a New WiFi on Mac
  4. Lastly, click Apply. again click on the (+) plus button to add the Wi-Fi Interface. In the Interface, option choose Wi-Fi and then select Create.
  5. Next, Delete old WiFi, Select WiFi from the side of the window, and click on the Minus sign to delete it completely. Delete old WiFi configurations on Mac

Connect new WiFi from the top WiFi menu or From WiFi settings,New WiFi profile joined on Mac

If all the above method doesn’t work then try to connect WiFi from another User login. We can create multiple Administrator accounts and user accounts to test WiFi connection. Follow the below steps to create a new account.

Method 2: Wipe Wi-Fi Settings on Your Mac computer

Deleting the Wi-Fi settings from Mac is equivalent to resetting network settings. Doing this will refresh the Wi-Fi settings, and most importantly all the supportive files that might be corrupted and causing this issue will be removed. After restarting the Mac, the same files will automatically generate.

  1. Turn Off Wi-Fi on the Mac.
  2. Open Finder and click on Go > Go To Folder… from the top Mac menu.
  3. Type the following path,
    • /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/System Configurations plist file on Mac
  4. Click Go.
  5. Select the following files,
    • com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
    • com.apple.network.identification.plist
    • com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
    • NetworkInterfaces.plist
    • preferences.plistBackup and Delete Network Plist file from Mac
  6. For a backup, copy all these files on the desktop.
  7. Next, move these files to the Trash from the SystemConfiguration Folder.
  8. Delete all the files from Trash.
  9. Restart the Mac, click on the Apple icon, and select Restart.

Reconnect WiFi from top WiFi Shortcut on Mac menu. Enable the Toggle after clicking on the Wi-Fi icon, Then select WiFi name and Enter the password to connect successfully.

Alternatively, we can reset the network settings by Removing the WiFi internet and Re-add

Method 3: Reset Network Settings Mac Terminal

Use the below command line to restart the wireless Networking service and Reset Network adapter. Follow the below command to turn off and turn on WiFi services on Mac using the Terminal command and fix the internal network issue.

  1. Open Terminal on Mac using Spotlight search. and Type below command, Make Network service down,
sudo ifconfig en0 down

2. Again run the command to turn on Wireless network service again,

sudo ifconfig en0 up

Note; if the above command is not working on your Mac then try the below command,

ifconfig -a

if the problem is with your hardware damage or internal software then I recommending the below solution,

  • Safe mode on Mac: Safe mode on Mac procedure is different on intel and M1 mac, here’s the full guide. and Safe mode determines the software issue on Startup Mac. Repair itself. Check again the issue is fixed after Exit safe mode.
  • WiFi Network Card & Hardware issue:- If you have performed all the troubleshooting like Reinstall MacOS [Without Data lose, Still we highly recommend Backup your Mac]. Use External USB WiFi Adapter on Mac and Save dollars from the high repair costs.

Note: M1 Mac users can do earse all content and settings to fix all the internal software issue.

Method 4: Try on Another Administrator Account

A new Administrator account will create a new File system and Delete the old Administrator account, For that we need to create another account for you with password protection. I assume that you are in an admin account, So, you can create another admin on the same mac. Follow the below steps to create another one.

  1. Click on the Apple Logo from the Top Mac menu > Click on the System Preferences option.
  2. Next, click on Users & Groups > Unlock the lock by clicking on it.Users & Groups settings on mac system Preferences
  3. Click on the Plus sign and Select Account Type “Administrator“.Enter Admin Profile details
  4. Fill up all the details and click on Create User.
  5. That’s it.

Test your New Administrator account on Mac, Sign out your Mac, and log in again with another account. and set up the network connection.

Later on, you can delete the older administrator account completely to free up space. and Don’t forget to take a backup of your Mac. And Get Advantage of Startup Disk Full on Mac.

Select the User from the left side of the window > Click on Minus sign to delete the administrator account.

How to Reset an Ethernet Card For an iMac

Are you worried about Cable internet connection on your iMac? Becuase of ethernet card not starting on Mac Restart or on turn on.

  1. Click on Apple Logo from top Top Mac menu > System Preferences.
  2. Next, Click on “Network” > Click on the Small Arrow > Select Network Port Configurations.
  3. Uncheck “Built-in Ethernet”. and Click on Apply Now.
  4. Now, Restart your Mac and Check again.
  5. Again Check & Select “Built-in Ethernet” and apply.
  6. That’s it.

🕶Still the issue is not fixed yet, then Check your Mac warranty status online and Get free diagnose from apple support with Book Appointment at Apple Genius bar.

Above all tricks are useful to Reset network settings on Mac and Fix all the network issues for all time. Write us for more help in the comment box.

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