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.

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Select Wi-Fi from the Settings menu.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Android

Note: We are using Android 2.1 for our examples.

On your Android device, select the Settings icon.

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Under Settings, choose Wireless & networks.

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Next, select Wi-Fi settings.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Conclusion

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.