Many times you may find yourself unable to connect to a particular web site or any website for that matter when using the iPad. There are other times when you will not be able to connect to a WiFi hotspot. In these instances, flushing the DNS cache or clearing the cache will fix the problem for you.

Often times I have to remind myself that the iPad is just another computer in a different form, I forget that the same things that happen to a normal PC or Mac can happen to the iPad, like the inability to access the web.

There are really three ways you can

flush the DNS cache

on your iPad.

1) Simply turn the iPad off and on again using the power button. A simple reboot will go a long way.

2) Turning on Airplane mode and then turning it off again will also clear the DNS cache and should be enough to fix the problem. Tap on your Settings icon, then swipe Airplane mode to On and then back off. Since Airplane mode disables the wireless features of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to comply with airline regulations, this will generally do the trick.

3) Resetting the Network settings on the iPad will flush the DNS cache. To reset the Network Settings follow these steps.

  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Tap General
  • At the bottom of the column tap Reset
  • Choose Reset Network Settings

If you reset the network settings, it will reboot your iPad. It will definitely flush the DNS cache but all the Network settings will be back to the defaults. All your saved WiFi settings will be forgotten, etc. So, in most cases its faster and easier to just turn your iPad off and back on again to

clear the DNS cache

then to go through the process of resetting the network settings. However, if nothing else works, this will.

As a last resort, you may want to change the DNS servers on the iPad to fix connectivity issues as well.


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