Wemo Light Switch Not Connecting To Wifi? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

You just decided to add more gadgets to your smart home, so you decided to rely on Wemo. It’s a reliable choice. The light switch has been installed and you’re ready to get some of that delightfully automated goodness. It’s been placed on the wall and it looks nice. Unfortunately, it’s not connecting to your wifi and you need that to make it work. What gives?

In most cases, this means one of the following:

  • Your Wemo Needs Proper Connection (Orange Blinking)
  • The Light Switch Needs Restarting
  • The Wemo Bridge Needs Restarting
  • The Wemo App Needs Restarting

For the most part, getting your Wemo devices to connect to your wifi is going to be a simple endeavor. This guide will help you figure out what to do.

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Why Is My Wemo Light Switch Not Connecting To My Wifi?

Wemo is great when it comes to connectivity and ease of use. In most cases, a quick restart should be more than enough to make things work well once more. Here’s how you can figure out what needs to be done.

Your Wemo Needs Proper Connection (Orange Blinking)

The first thing that you should check out is to see whether there’s an orange light blinking on your device. If so, this means that your Wemo isn’t connecting due to a network issue. Here’s what to do:

  • Start by checking that you entered the right password in the app. Passwords can be pretty awkward to spell. Double-check to see if the password is correct. If it’s not, then fix it. Reenter your password and you should be able to see an improvement.
  • Then, make sure you chose the right network. This is the other major issue that you may have. You need to have a 2.4 Ghz wave to make it happen, not a 5 Ghz. Switch things over if you need to.
  • After you have done this all, unplug and replug your light switch. This should get the orange light blinking to stop entirely. If not, check to make your wifi is connective.

The Wemo Light Switch Needs Restarting

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of getting your light switch restarted. Like all tech, a little restart can make a huge difference. If your orange light is not blinking, try this first. In most cases, this will make your device automatically reconnect to the switch as long as it has been properly connected before.

Note: If you have a very old mobile device, there is a small chance that you might not be able to properly run the app. However, this is something that will probably become noticeable when you access the app in the first place.

The Wemo Bridge Needs Restarting

Wemo light switches need a bridge in order to work. If you have multiple light switches that suddenly don’t work, or just have a single Wemo device that doesn’t connect, it could be that your bridge is going bad. In a lot of cases, this is a simple fix. Unplug the bridge, wait three seconds, and plug it back in again.

If your light switch and bridge were connecting well to your wifi beforehand, then this quick restart will be more than enough to make things work. This also tends to be a must if you have a dynamic IP address since the connectivity will need to be switched up.

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The Wemo App Needs Restarting

Though rare, sometimes the app is the reason for the lack of connectivity. As we all know, glitches can happen in app coding that makes the app perform poorly. In most cases, this just means that you need to restart the app on your phone. In rarer situations, it could be because the app needs an update or is experiencing a problem that needs a patch.

I Tried Everything! My Wemo Light Switch Is Still Not Connecting!

Wemo tends to make good products that are easy on connectivity, but that doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen. Once in a while, you might have a light switch that just doesn’t connect the way that it should. When that happens and you’ve gone through all the troubleshooting you could, then there’s one issue that could remain: a bad light switch.

It’s rare, but once in a while a Wemo switch won’t perform the way that it’s supposed to, even when it’s brand new. The best thing that you can do is call up Wemo and ask for advice on what to do. In many cases, the representative will ask you to bring the light to them or the retailer you bought it from for a refund or replacement.

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Wemo’s Returns And Refunds Policy

If you bought the light switch directly from Wemo, then you are most likely covered by the Wemo warranty. This is a warranty that lasts for about a year and will give you a refund or an exchange on any item you have. In order to get the refund, you have to send your light switch (or other Wemo/Belkin product) back to the company to get it.

This warranty is true for both light switches and the Wemo bridge that makes it possible for people to connect everything. So, you’re pretty well-covered. Saying that Wemo is a good company that stands by its products is an understatement, don’t you think?

What To Do If You Bought Your Wemo Light Switch From Another Company

In most cases, people who bought their light switch can still use the Wemo Returns and Refunds Policy if they contact Wemo directly. Obviously, this can take a while. So, you might want to try to go back to the store that you bought it from and ask for a refund. Most stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s will give you up to 30 days to decide whether or not you want to keep your item as long as it’s fairly undamaged.

The best way to maximize your chances at getting a return or exchange is to bring a receipt or proof of purchase to the store. In many parts of the country, you might not be able to get a refund otherwise. Should that fail, talk to the reps at Wemo to see what can be done.

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Related Questions

Which company owns Wemo?

Wemo is owned by Belkin, one of the most popular companies for tech gear and internet routers. Belkin is mostly known for computing accessories, which is why they decided to create Wemo to be the smart home branch of their operations. Both names are associated with high-quality goods and a very fair warranty, so don’t worry. You’re still getting top shelf gear.

Can my Wemo light switch be hacked?

Though it is rare, there have been cases in which hackers have gained control of Wemo light switches and made them do their own in thing. In some cases, the exploit they used also made it possible to take control of the home’s connection settings. However, having this happen is extremely rare and should not be considered the norm by any means.Adding extra security to your light switch and your phone will help prevent this from happening. With that said, most people will never have a reason to worry simply because it’s so unlikely that people would go out of their way to hack a friggin’ light switch.

Is Wemo supported by Google Home?

Though this wasn’t always the case, Google Home does support the vast majority of Wemo products still being marketed today. They also are compatible with the Google Pixel line, Samsung, and iPhone products. Most people who use Wemo products in their smart home do so with Apple products, but don’t let that stop you from using Android-based goods. It’s the same level of quality and responsiveness regardless of the type of OS you are using.

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Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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