What Does Renew Lease Mean on Wi-Fi?
If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can find the “Renew Lease” button under “Settings,” but for Mac, the button is under “System Preferences.” Below you will find a step-to-step guide on accessing the button for all Apple devices. But first, let’s break the “Renew Lease” button to the bare bones.
What is Renew Lease on Wi-Fi?
You can only know the real meaning of the “Renew Lease” button on Wi-Fi settings if you understand Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a system that assigns your device a unique IP address once it connects to a network. An IP address is simply a unique address that represents your device on a network. Note that the IP assigned to your device is not permanent but on lease for a set period. However, most leases renew automatically upon expiration. So. you’ll rarely need to renew your network IP address lease manually unless there’s a problem with automatic renewals.
Renew Lease on iPad and iPhone
- Open “Settings.”
- Open “Wi-Fi.”
- Tap the “info” button next to the network name
- Scroll down and find the “Renew Lease” button.
Renew Lease on Mac
- Open “System Preferences.”
- Select your network in the “Network Name” menu.
- Click “Advanced.”
- Select “IP/TCP on the top.
- Locate and click the button labeled “Renew DHCP Lease'”