Helpful tips

Why is Wi-Fi greyed out on my Mac?

Why is Wi-Fi greyed out on my Mac?

If you click the Wi-Fi icon and the dropdown menu reads “Wi-Fi: Not Configured” then the adapter has been disabled. If that’s the case, you can re-enable it: Select the Wi-Fi adapter in the list at left. It will be grayed out and have the label Inactive beneath it.

How do I get my Wi-Fi back to the Network Preferences on a Mac?

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network. Click the Add button at the bottom of the list. Click the Interface pop-up menu, then choose Wi-Fi.

Why is my Wi-Fi option greyed out?

In my experience, a grayed-out Wi-Fi button usually indicates a hardware problem with the Wi-Fi antenna on your iPhone. On Robert’s model, an iPhone 4S, the Wi-Fi antenna runs directly under the headphone jack, and often times some debris or a little drop of liquid can short it out.

Why is my Wi-Fi on my Mac OS X not showing?

Make sure your router is cool, check it’s location and make sure nothing is blocking the signal. Use Apple’s Wireless Diagnostics. Check for competition from other networks, change your network name, change your Wi-Fi channel – consider using the 5GHz band. Check your security settings.

How do I fix no hardware installed on my Mac?

Here is how:

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Then restart your Mac, immediately press and hold down the Command + Option + P + R keys together until you hear the reboot sound (about 20 seconds).
  3. Your Mac will reboot. Now check if the Wi-Fi icon still shows the X icon and Wi-Fi: No hardware installed message.

How do you reset System Preferences on a Mac?

Restore Your Mac to the Factory Settings Click the Apple menu icon () and then select Restart. As the Mac restarts, hold down the Command and R keys until the Mac OS X Utilities window appears. Select Disk Utility, and then click Continue. Select your startup disk on the left side of the screen, and then click Erase.

Why is my Mac not connecting to Internet?

The first thing to do is to restart your MacBook and your wireless router. You should restart your router even if other devices can connect to the Internet. If you haven’t already, try connecting your MacBook to a different Wi-Fi network. Contact your Internet service provider for help on how to fix it.

Why are My System Preferences greyed out on my Mac?

The visibility of the ‘Profile’ icon suggests that it may be the latter. To confirm the first, type the following two commands separately and see whether a result comes up. To confirm the second, check if the file ‘’ exists in /Library/Managed Preferences. There are two possibilities.

How can I get rid of the greyed out button on my Mac?

Look for relevant keywords, such as ‘systempreferences’, ‘icloud’ etc. Ultimately, if the profiles are responsible, then your only option is to remove them. Depending on whether the profiles are allowed to be removed of course. I am a bit puzzled why there is no directory for the managed preferences though.

Where are the System Preferences on a Mac?

To confirm the second, check if the file ‘’ exists in /Library/Managed Preferences. There are two possibilities. Either this was set in a local preference or it was forced upon the machine via a configuration profile.