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Beginners: Connect Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

Have you ever wanted to connect your phone or mobile device to a Wi-Fi network at home or your favorite coffee shop but aren’t sure how? Today we’ll take a look at how to connect to Wi-Fi on an iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices.

iPhone / iPod Touch

Note: We are using version 4.0 of the iPhone OS

Find and select the Settings icon on your iPhone or iPod Touch.


Select Wi-Fi from the Settings menu.


If your Wi-Fi setting currently set to Off, tap it to toggle On the Wi-Fi access.


Once your Wi-Fi is enabled you should see available networks appear below. Encrypted networks will show a padlock to the right of the name while “open” networks will not. Tap to select the network to join.


If you choose a network that requires a password, you’ll be prompted to enter it. Type in your password and select Join.


When connected, your network SSID will be indicated in blue with a check mark beside it.


To connect to a network with a hidden SSID, select Other.


You’ll need to know the SSID, Security type, and password. Enter that information and select Join.


Now you can browse to all your favorite websites and connect to other devices on your Wi-Fi network.



Note: We are using Android 2.1 for our examples.

On your Android device, select the Settings icon.


Under Settings, choose Wireless & networks.


Next, select Wi-Fi settings.


If Wi-Fi is not already turned on, tap the check mark by Wi-Fi to turn it on. When Wi-Fi is enabled, available SSID’s will appear below. Encrypted networks will by indicated with a padlock icon. Select the network to which you’d like to connect.


If password protected, type in your password and select Connect.


You should now see that you are connected to the network.


To connect to a Wi-Fi network with a hidden SSID, select Add Wi-Fi network from the settings.


Then manually type in your SSID and password, and select your network security type. Select Save when finished.


Now you can browse the web through your Wi-Fi router or connect to other network devices.



Whether you want to connect to Wi-Fi to communicate to other devices or just save on your phone’s data usage, it’s pretty easy to do on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone.

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 07/29/10

Comments (23)

  1. Me

    Who doesnt know how to do this?

  2. JimmyT


    The title says “Beginners”. I take it you don’t see your self as one. That’s fine. Please move along.

    For others, I’m sure this is useful information set out in a step by step format.

  3. ေအာင္မ်ိဳး

    Thanks a lot .

  4. DeT


    A Begginer wouldn’t even get here :)

  5. A Begginer

    I got here! thanks :-)

  6. DeT

    @A Begginner

    Oh nice :)

  7. An ex beginner

    I totally appreciate the respect you guys, managing this website, have for beginners that are trying to improve with straight-forward and easy “how-tos”. Keep it up!

  8. anon

    I’m glad there are instructions like these so that people have somewhere to turn rather than wasting support centers time and effort. Is this stuff dead easy…for sure. But there are still people who just can’t figure it out on their own.

  9. Diane

    I found it very helpful. When I was in a rush to connect to wifi and never did it before.

  10. cockroach

    Hi, thanks, Ive done everything in the guide but still looking for a solution to another problem. I have android phones that are selective to wifi modems, SSID is “on” on all of modems. all android phones pick up some modems but not others. with loaded apps like wifi analyzer, all android phones pick up all wifi modems, but refuse to connect to all of them. It must have something to do with the modem because different makes of android phones all see the same modems and don’t see others. Any thoughts.?

  11. cockroach

    Hi sorry for my previous post, I found the problem, most of my networks are add-hoc and android does not support add-hoc yet.

  12. ga4a

    buy a router, cheapest routers cost bout 20-30 $

  13. shujaa

    my phone is ideos running android froyo it connects succesfuly to the wifi but cant browse the net any help?

  14. Ned

    Why would I want to connect my Droid to a wi-fi? More bandwidth (faster download)? Not enough bars on the 3G net? Doesn’t wi-fi drain more battery power?

  15. t-rent

    I would like to know, when my android is connected to my network why can’t I see any of my other devices on my network? Ie my computers or network hard drive. Is there a way to do this?

  16. robert

    i keep telling me it disconnected

  17. prince

    am using exparesso,what is the password

  18. dex

    I have a problem I hope you can help me! I live in Europe and I got an American T-Mobile G2X from LG as a present from a relative from America. And I cannot connect to all WiFi networks. To some I connect with no problems, but another are recognized but it cannot connect. It only states “Obtaining Internet IP…” but no connection… :((( Why? Are there any differences between WiFi-s in EUrope and USA? Are there any additinoal settings needed? Thanks everybody!

  19. SAGirl

    Thanks for this info. I am a beginner moving swiftly forwards and this really helped me!

  20. No Mas

    I did everything that was said to be done all it said was that it was trying to obtain a ip address and then out said it was disconnecting what would be the cause if that

  21. No WIFI

    Same as above, Droid 3 is ultra picky and won’t connect to 3 different known good hotspots. bad.

  22. Tia

    the symbol that shows on my android cell in the wifi network section is a little gray circle with two arrows going in the opposite direction, what does this mean? It use to sync, but now it doesn’t, that little gray circle shows up even after putting in the password. Please help

  23. Network Drive

    Same as T-Rent. I would like to know how I can see other network devices. I have a network drive I’d like to directly access for music, photos, and video.

    Also, can my phone appear as a digital media server, or a mobile digital media device controller on the network? How can I tell if it is DLNA cert?

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