MacBook WiFi is not configured? Resolve this issue quickly

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • If your MacBook WiFi isn't configured, you will not have access to your WiFi network.
  • To fix this issue, we recommend that you re-add the WiFi service, boot from the recovery drive, and also make sure that your hardware is working properly.
  • You can check our Mac Troubleshooting Hub for more helpful Mac guides.
  • For more comprehensive information on this subject, bookmark our Mac webpage.
MacBook wifi is not configured

Many MacBook users reported Not configured message while hovering over the Wi-fi icon. This can be a problem and prevent you from using your Wi-Fi connection. However, there’s a way to fix this problem once and for all.

What to do if my MacBook Wi-Fi isn’t configured?

1. Add the Wi-Fi service

Not configured messages can sometimes appear if you’ve removed the Wi-Fi service by accident. This can be easily fixed by following these steps:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Navigate to the Network section.
  3. Click the plus icon to add a service.
  4. Set Interface to Wi-Fi and enter Wi-Fi as a Service name. Click the Create button.
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After doing that, check if the problem is still there.

2. Boot from Recovery Drive

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If Wi-Fi is not configured on your MacBook, you might be able to fix the problem simply by booting from the Recovery Drive. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your MacBook.
  2. Hold the Option key while the MacBook boots.
  3. Now select your Recovery Drive to boot from it.
  4. After booting, go to the top right corner, click the Wi-Fi icon, and choose Turn Wi-Fi off. Repeat this step but this time also enable the Wi-Fi.
  5. Restart your MacBook.

After doing that, check if the problem is still there.

3. Inspect your hardware

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If the issue still persists, there might be a problem with your Wi-Fi adapter. The only way to fix it is to replace the Wi-Fi card, and in order to do that, you’ll need to contact an Apple-certified center.

There you go, these are just a couple of solutions that can help you if your Wi-Fi is not configured on your MacBook. Most users reported that they fixed the problem simply by adding a Wi-Fi interface, so we strongly encourage you to do that.

FAQ: Learn more about MacBook WiFi

  • Why is my MacBook not connecting to WiFi?

Your MacBook might not be connecting to your WiFi because of a problem in your configuration, or because of your WiFi router.

  • Why does my WiFi have an exclamation mark?

If your WiFi shows you an exclamation mark, that means that even though you are connected to the network, there is no Internet access.

  • Does resetting your router change your IP?

No, resetting your router doesn’t change your IP address. If you want to do this, you will need to contact your Internet provider.