The Fastest Way Connect to a Wi-Fi Network on an iPhone or iPad

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Do you know how to connect to Wi-Fi, or change the network you're using, directly from your iPhone or iPad's Control Center? This method is much quicker than sorting through the Settings app to find available networks. Let's get started learning how to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network, or change the network you're connected to, via the Control Center.

Related: How to Switch between Bluetooth Devices in the Control Center

The Fastest Way to Connect to Wi-Fi on Your iPhone

  1. Open the Control Center.
    On an iPhone X or later, or an iPad running iOS 12 or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    For iPhones earlier than the X, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

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  2. Touch and hold the Network Settings card at the upper-left of the Control Center.
  3. A menu will pop up; touch and hold the Wi-Fi icon

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  4. You'll see a list of Wi-Fi networks within range.
  5. Tap a network from the menu to connect.
  6. If the network requires a username and password, you'll be automatically taken to Settings, and a window will appear where you can enter that information, then tap Join

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Your device will remember the username and password once you've joined a network, so all you'll need to do next time is tap the name in the Wi-Fi menu to join. Any time you'd like to change the network you're using, follow the same steps, and tap a different option on the Wi-Fi network list.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.