How to fix the Weak Security warning in Wi-Fi settings on iPhone and iPad

Weak Security Message for Wi-Fi on iOS

Nothing is perfect and iOS 14 (including iOS 14.1 and iOS 14.2) has had its share of problems so far. We’ve heard complaints about missing text messages, cellular data errors, and Microsoft email accounts nagging about passwords. To add to the list, many iPhone and iPad users are seeing a Weak Security warning in their Wi-Fi settings.

If you’re seeing this message, here’s what you can do to “fix” it.

Weak Security warning

In Settings > Wi-Fi, you would see this message that states “WPA/WPA2 (TKIP) is not considered secure” as in the screenshot below.

Weak Security Warning for Wi-Fi on iPhone

The message goes on to explain how to correct this which means changing your Wi-Fi network settings to use the WPA2 (AES) or WPA3 security type.

Seems simple enough, right? Well, it actually is if you’re able to change your Wi-Fi settings to one of these two more secure options without adverse effects. After all, WPA2 (AES) and WPA3 are more secure, thus protecting you and your personal information better overall.

The problem for many is that their other, mostly older, devices won’t be able to connect to these advanced security protocols.

Change your Wi-Fi network security settings

If you are able to change the security settings on your router, you’ll not only rid yourself of the annoying iOS 14 message but be more secure. Check the documentation for your router for instructions on changing the encryption protocol to WPA2 (AES) or WPA3. You may have to restart your iOS device afterward to make the Weak Security warning vanish.

If you’re concerned about your other devices not being able to connect to your Wi-Fi network after this change, then you can choose to wait and deal with the pesky message in your iPhone settings. And then hope that Apple updates the latest version of iOS 14 to remove the message.

Have you received this message and plan on changing your Wi-Fi network security settings? Or, do you have other devices that won’t work if you do? Let us know!

You can keep up with the discussion on this topic or add to it on the Apple Community forum.