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How do I connect to Wi-Fi?

Connecting to Wi-FiWhen Wi-Fi is activated, your device is constantly looking for a nearby network to connect to. If it finds a free network, it will try to connect automatically and show you the connection strength on the top left of your device’s screen. However, because most Wi-Fi networks are protected, you have to enter an alphanumeric password sometimes called an “encryption key” the first time you connect to a network. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Settings>Wi-Fi and make sure Wi-Fi is turned ON. When on, your device will display a list of networks it finds under Choose a Network.

  2. Tap on a network to connect to it. If the network is protected (noted by a small lock icon next to the signal strength icon), you will see a prompt to enter the network’s password. (You have to get this from the person or organization that owns or manages the network.) Enter it and tap on Join. The status bar in the top left will show you’re connected to the Internet.

Connect to nearby Wi-Fi networks with a single tap.

Another way:

  1. Open an app that requires the Internet (such as Mail, Safari, or Google Maps). The device will prompt you to select a nearby Wi-Fi network to connect to.
  2. Tap on a network to connect to it. If the network is protected (noted by a small lock icon next to the signal strength icon), you will see a prompt to enter the password. Enter it and tap on Join. The status bar in the top left will show you’re connected to the Internet.

Disable a network:

If you want to make sure your device doesn’t connect to certain networks, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings> Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap on the blue arrow next to the network you want to disallow.
  3. Tap on Forget this Network. Note that this will also stop your device from automatically connecting to this network when it is in range.

Turn off Wi-Fi:


When it’s turned on, Wi-Fi is constantly looking for available networks and using battery power to do so. If battery life is a concern, keep it turned off unless you’re using it. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings> Wi-Fi.

  2. Slide the Wi-Fi switch to the OFF position. This will disconnect you from all Wi-Fi networks and will stop your device from searching for Wi-Fi signals nearby. It does not disable specific networks as described above; when you turn Wi-Fi back on, it will still find them.