Govee Light Bulb Not Connecting to Wi-Fi: How to Troubleshoot

Not sure why you can’t get your Govee Light Bulb to connect to Wi-Fi? In this post, we’ll explain some reasons behind this and how to fix it. Let’s get started.

Govee Light Bulb Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

If your Govee Light Bulb isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, here are some reasons behind this problem:

  • You haven’t powered on the bulb.
  • You didn’t connect your phone to the bulb’s hotspot
  • Your phone and the bulb are too far apart.
  • Weak Wi-Fi signal strength.
  • Your router is broadcasting on a 5GHz Wi-Fi band.
  • Your Wi-Fi connection is faulty.

For details on how to resolve these issues, keep reading.

How to Troubleshoot a Govee Light Bulb that Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi?

Here are some troubleshooting steps to try:

1. Check that You’ve Turned On the Bulb

Your Govee bulb won’t connect to Wi-Fi if you haven’t turned it on. If you’re having a problem getting it to connect to Wi-Fi, check if the bulb has received power.

Follow these steps to turn on the bulb:

  • Ensure the bulb is inserted into a working light slot in your home.
  • Turn on the wall switch that controls the light slot (where you inserted the Govee bulb).
  • Now your bulb is turned on.

Next, try to connect the bulb to Wi-Fi again. If the bulb fails to connect, continue to the next tip.

2. Connect Your Phone to the Bulb’s Hotspot

While trying to connect your bulb to Wi-Fi in the Govee app, the app will ask you to connect to the bulb’s hotspot first. If you skip this step, the bulb won’t connect to Wi-Fi.

Here’s how to resolve this issue:

  • Restart the setup process for the bulb
  • When the Govee app prompts you to connect to the bulb’s hotspot, minimize the app. Then tap the Settings app on your phone.
  • Next, select Wi-Fi. All the available Wi-Fi networks will appear—with your bulb’s hotspot.
  • Search for your bulb’s hotspot in the Wi-Fi network list. The hotspot name should start with the word Govee.
  • Click on the bulb’s hotspot when you find it.
  • Go back to the Govee app.

After connecting your phone to the Govee bulb’s hotspot, complete the Wi-Fi connection process. Your bulb should connect to Wi-Fi now. But if the bulb isn’t connecting, move on to the next step.

3. Move Your Phone and Bulb Closer to Each Other

If your Govee bulb isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, the device may be too far away from your phone. Move your phone to about 50 feet from your bulb to resolve this problem.

If your bulb doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi after you’ve applied this tip, the problem might be with your Wi-Fi network.

Proceed to the next tip to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi network.

4. Reboot Your Router

Your Govee bulb may fail to connect to Wi-Fi because of a functional issue with the router. You can quickly fix this issue by rebooting your router.

To reboot your router, unplug the device from your power outlet and wait for 10 seconds. Then reconnect your router to your power outlet.

Has your bulb connected to Wi-Fi now? If not, go to the next tip.

5. Move Your Bulb Closer to Your Router

Another reason your Govee bulb may not connect to Wi-Fi is a weak Wi-Fi signal. This issue often occurs if the bulb is too far away from your router.

To improve your Wi-Fi signal, move your bulb closer to your router. We advise you to move your bulb to a distance of about 30 feet closer to the router. Remember to take your phone with you to avoid another connection issue.

If your bulb doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi after this, try the next tip.

6. Connect Your Router to the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Band

Your Govee bulb won’t connect to Wi-Fi if your router is broadcasting on a 5GHz Wi-Fi band. This is because the bulb only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks.

If your bulb isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, you’ll need to connect your router to a 2.4GHz band.

You’ll find details on how to switch to a 2.4GHz band in your router’s manual.

Did your Govee bulb connect to Wi-Fi after you changed your Wi-Fi band? If not, check the next step.

7. Cancel and Restart the Setup Process for Your Bulb

Your Govee bulb may have encountered an error while connecting to the app. Due to this issue, the bulb may fail to connect to Wi-Fi.

To eliminate this error, close the Govee app and clear it from your phone’s memory. Now, relaunch the app and select your bulb model to reconnect the device to Wi-Fi.

If the bulb still isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, move to the next step.

8. Connect Your Bulb to Your Phone’s Hotspot

If your bulb isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, chances are your Wi-Fi connection is faulty. To confirm this issue, try connecting your bulb to your phone’s hotspot. If your bulb successfully connects to the hotspot, your Wi-Fi connection is malfunctioning. As such, you’ll need to contact your ISP.

However, if your bulb fails to connect to your phone’s hotspot, there might be an issue with the bulb. In that case, you’ll need to report the problem to Govee Support.

Closing Thoughts

If your Govee Light Bulb isn’t connecting to Wi-Fi, check that you’ve turned on the bulb. Then connect your phone to the bulb’s hotspot. In addition, you might need to move your phone and bulb closer to each other.

But if these tips fail to connect your bulb to Wi-Fi, reboot your router. Another way to resolve this problem is to move your bulb closer to your router.

Switching to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band might also help fix the issue. You can also cancel and restart the setup process for your bulb.

However, if all these tips don’t work, connect the bulb to your phone’s hotspot. Depending on the results of this solution, you may decide to contact Govee Support or reach out to your ISP.

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