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By Humpie, Senior Member on 17th April 2014, 08:54 PM
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From what I have seen on the internet I'm not the only one with this problem, but as far as I know, I'm the only nexus 5 owner with this problem. See, two days ago, all of a sudden (I must confess, because the phone often forgets wifi networks, I was using the Wifi password recovery & backup app, but that can't be the problem, I use it all the time), but all of a sudden, after a reboot, my wifi is turned off. I already found that to be strange, but then it became even stranger: when I tried to turn it on, it kept on 'turning it on' but never actually turned it on! (the switch is still dark gray in the 'on' fase). I tried to figure out why it was doing this, the last apps I installed were Tasker, Autovoice and secure settings, so I uninstalled them, no difference. I tried disabeling my xposed framework, no difference. I tried wiping Cache and Dalvik cache, no difference. I accedently (swipe to wipe is dangerous!) completely wiped my phone, but still no difference. Then, using the Nexus Root Toolkit, I reverted back to stock and unrooted. Then finally, my wifi came back on . So I slowly installed everything again (stupid me had no backup) and the wifi kept working for a day.... And till now it's been off, not willing to turn on . It must be some app I installed I guess. I also tried to change kernels but again with no succes... Oh and my mac-adress is also nowhere to be found, is that normal when the wifi is turned off?
I'm sorry for the long personal story, but I would be very grateful if someone had a working idea
tnx in advance guys
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17th April 2014, 09:50 PM |#2  
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Not much, but now I am sure my wifi is stuck. tnx wifi fixer... They also advice me to factory reset (Already did) or flash a custom rom (maybe I will if I can't find a solution, or I'll wait for 4.4.3)
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18th April 2014, 11:17 PM |#3  
I'm running cyanogenmod 11 right now and everything seems to be working fine I really hope it will keep on working

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18th June 2014, 10:56 AM |#4  
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From what I have seen on the internet I'm not the only one with this problem, but as far as I know, I'm the only nexus 5 owner with this problem. See, two days ago, all of a sudden (I must confess, because the phone often forgets wifi networks, I was using the Wifi password recovery & backup app, but that can't be the problem, I use it all the time), but all of a sudden, after a reboot, my wifi is turned off. I already found that to be strange, but then it became even stranger: when I tried to turn it on, it kept on 'turning it on' but never actually turned it on! (the switch is still dark gray in the 'on' fase). I tried to figure out why it was doing this, the last apps I installed were Tasker, Autovoice and secure settings, so I uninstalled them, no difference. I tried disabeling my xposed framework, no difference. I tried wiping Cache and Dalvik cache, no difference. I accedently (swipe to wipe is dangerous!) completely wiped my phone, but still no difference. Then, using the Nexus Root Toolkit, I reverted back to stock and unrooted. Then finally, my wifi came back on . So I slowly installed everything again (stupid me had no backup) and the wifi kept working for a day.... And till now it's been off, not willing to turn on . It must be some app I installed I guess. I also tried to change kernels but again with no succes... Oh and my mac-adress is also nowhere to be found, is that normal when the wifi is turned off?
I'm sorry for the long personal story, but I would be very grateful if someone had a working idea
tnx in advance guys

Hey all,
After more than a week with NO WIFI, i have finally figured it out.
Here are the detailed.
ISSUE: After OTA update of 4.4.3 on new nexus 5, the phone was rebooted automatically and after reboot WIFI button was greyed out. It only showed "TURNING ON".
FAILED SOLUTION ATTEMPTS: Following step DID NOT HELP
1. Factory reset
2. Battery drain and recharge after full drain
3. Power off for few hours and restart
4. Whacking the set on palm (yes, whacking, it was a recommended solution on a thread)
5. Opened the handset and checked all the hardware link, every thing was fine
6. Bootloader unlock, recovery installation (TWRP), downgrade to 4.4.2 (downloaded from google's web page)
7. Downgrade to 4.4
8. OTA update from down graded firmware
9. Sideloading the 4.4.3 update on firmware 4.4.2
10. Rooting, and installation of custom ROM (slimKat, Cynaogen mod)
11. Installation of custom kernel (linaro)
12. Flashing of 4.4.2 & 4.4 Radio/Boot images on stock rom of 4.4.3
13. Clean install of 4.4.3 (removing everything from phone except recovery)
14. *#*#4636#*#*, goto wifi and restart.
15. *#*#4636#*#*, wifi state shown "UN-INITIALIZED"

Actual Solution that worked
***** Install Paranoid Android ROM on rooted Nexus 5. The issue is with Kernel , which control the HW/OS communication. Apparently Kernel of this ROM removed the issue (but installation of SlimKat/CyanogenMod/Custom Kernel).
I then restored the backup of stock 4.4.3 from recovery and did a factory reset. Wifi & every thing else works fine now *****
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23rd July 2014, 07:52 PM |#5  
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Hey all,
After more than a week with NO WIFI, i have finally figured it out.
Here are the detailed.
ISSUE: After OTA update of 4.4.3 on new nexus 5, the phone was rebooted automatically and after reboot WIFI button was greyed out. It only showed "TURNING ON".
FAILED SOLUTION ATTEMPTS: Following step DID NOT HELP
1. Factory reset
2. Battery drain and recharge after full drain
3. Power off for few hours and restart
4. Whacking the set on palm (yes, whacking, it was a recommended solution on a thread)
5. Opened the handset and checked all the hardware link, every thing was fine
6. Bootloader unlock, recovery installation (TWRP), downgrade to 4.4.2 (downloaded from google's web page)
7. Downgrade to 4.4
8. OTA update from down graded firmware
9. Sideloading the 4.4.3 update on firmware 4.4.2
10. Rooting, and installation of custom ROM (slimKat, Cynaogen mod)
11. Installation of custom kernel (linaro)
12. Flashing of 4.4.2 & 4.4 Radio/Boot images on stock rom of 4.4.3
13. Clean install of 4.4.3 (removing everything from phone except recovery)
14. *#*#4636#*#*, goto wifi and restart.
15. *#*#4636#*#*, wifi state shown "UN-INITIALIZED"

Actual Solution that worked
***** Install Paranoid Android ROM on rooted Nexus 5. The issue is with Kernel , which control the HW/OS communication. Apparently Kernel of this ROM removed the issue (but installation of SlimKat/CyanogenMod/Custom Kernel).
I then restored the backup of stock 4.4.3 from recovery and did a factory reset. Wifi & every thing else works fine now *****


Hello all, I have developed the same problem on my wife's Nexus 5, some 2 weeks ago, WI-FI failing to turn on, just hangs at 'turning on'.
She had a 5 month old, unrooted Nexus 5 running 4.4.4 and had just added a new WIFI access point.

Initially I thought it may be a hardware issue with WIFI and tried similar fix as is detailed below to my WIFI antenna: (No success)
YouTube (Nexus 5 GPS Signal Antenna Fix)

I installed WIFI fixer app as first poster did which identified a possible software issue within know issues section.
Finally I found the monty possible fix above, thanks BTW, and thought I would give it a go.
I have completed the following actions (good learning curve) but still no WIFI.
  • Attempted numerous reboots, factory resets and wipes from recovery mode. Ran battery down etc.
  • Rooted Nexus 5 with windows app, CF-Auto-Root, required windows google driver for nexus 5 though
  • Installed TWRP recovery
  • Factory Reset
  • Installed ROM (pa_hammerhead-4.44-20140722) from XDA
  • Factory reset
  • Rebooted
  • No WIFI
  • Installed ROM (N5_4.4.4_KTU84P) stock from XDA
  • Factory reset
  • Rebooted
  • Still no WIFI

Do I require to also install a PA GAPPS like (pa_gapps-stock-4.4.4-20140720-signed) with paranoid android?
Do I require to also wipe kernel somehow?
Can anyone advise if I am missing something obvious, exact ROMS to use or a better fix as phone is pretty useless without WIFI?

Thanks alot for any help, knowledge is power but helping may save mankind!
25th July 2014, 12:31 PM |#6  
What helped me in the end was flashing Cyanogenmod. It solved all my problems and my wifi never failed again.

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28th July 2014, 08:51 PM |#7  
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I flashed CM and gapps listed below:

cm-11-20140727-NIGHTLY-hammerhead
gapps-kk-20140606-signed

Still no wi-fi with same issue.
Did a restore to stock I installed.

Is there an easy way to check its not just a hardware failure?
I tried catlog but it was just gobbledegook....
31st July 2014, 11:07 AM |#8  
That is strange... It may be a hardware issue then, but I don't know for sure since my knowledge doesn't reach that far... Maybe someone out there on the forums know more

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1st August 2014, 07:55 AM |#9  
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I had the same problem and I managed to resolve it eventually. I performed a factory reset and flashed CWM, had the WiFi working intermittently. I then killed Bluetooth Share and folder /data/misc/wifi/, seems to be working fine now...
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2nd August 2014, 11:25 PM |#10  
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I had the same problem and I managed to resolve it eventually. I performed a factory reset and flashed CWM, had the WiFi working intermittently. I then killed Bluetooth Share and folder /data/misc/wifi/, seems to be working fine now...

i have the exact same problem. i tried to do what helped you. after deleting those files, the wifi would actually turn on. it even scans and identifies the signals. but then it doesnt connect. as soon as i tap connect it give me an error "failed to connect to network" and goes back to searching infinitely.
any other thoughts you got about fixing this?
7th August 2014, 04:01 AM |#11  
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i have the exact same problem. i tried to do what helped you. after deleting those files, the wifi would actually turn on. it even scans and identifies the signals. but then it doesnt connect. as soon as i tap connect it give me an error "failed to connect to network" and goes back to searching infinitely.
any other thoughts you got about fixing this?

I tried just about every way I could think to fix this issue. Safe mode, factory reset, root, then installed franco kernel, then installed CM11, installed stock 4.4.2 to see if reverting helped. all and wifi still stuck just saying "wifi turning on..."

I think it must be a hardware issue, sending back to LG soon.
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