How to Connect an iPhone to Wi-Fi

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To get the fastest internet connection for your iPhone, you have to connect to Wi-Fi. And if you've got an iPod touch, the only way you can get online is Wi-Fi, since the touch doesn't support cellular data connections.

Wi-Fi is a high-speed wireless networking connection that is commonly found in your house, office, coffee shop, restaurants, and many other places. Even better, Wi-Fi is generally free and doesn't have the data limits imposed on cellular data use by phone companies' monthly plans.

Some Wi-Fi networks are private and password protected (your home or office network, for instance), while some are public and available to anyone, either for free or a fee.

How to Connect an iPhone to Wi-Fi

To get online using Wi-Fi on the iPhone or iPod touch (and the iPad, in fact), follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen, tap the Settings app.
  2. In Settings, tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Slide the slider to on/green to turn on Wi-Fi. At this point, your device will start looking for available networks. In a few seconds, you will see a list of all available networks under the Choose a Network heading (if you don't see the list, there may not be any within range).
  4. There are two kinds of Wi-Fi networks: public and private. Private networks have a lock icon next to them. Public don't. The bars next to each network name indicate the strength of the connection—the more bars, the faster connection you'll get.
    1. To join a public network, just tap the network's name and you'll join it.
    2. If you want to join a private network, you'll need a password. Tap the network's name and you'll be prompted for a password. Enter it and tap the Join button. If your password is correct, you'll join the network and be ready to use the Internet. If your password doesn't work, you can try entering it again (assuming you know it, of course).
  1. More advanced users can click the arrow at the right of the network name to enter more specific settings, but the everyday user won't need this.

Tips

  • If you're running iOS 7 or higher, use Control Center for one-touch ability to turn Wi-Fi on and off. Access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (unless you have an iPhone X. In that case, swipe down from the top right corner).
  • Control Center won't let you choose the network you want to connect to; instead, it will automatically connect you to networks your device has already been connected to in the past, when they're available. That makes it great for a quick way to connect at work or at home.