How to Connect an iPhone to Wi-Fi

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To get the fastest internet connection for your iPhone, connect to Wi-Fi. If you have 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 that phone companies' monthly plans impose on cellular data use.

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 an iOS device like an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen, tap the Settings app.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi, and then slide the slider to on/green to turn on Wi-Fi. A list of all available networks will appear under the Choose a Network heading.

    If you don't see any available networks, none may be in range.

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  3. Two kinds of Wi-Fi networks exist: public and private. Private networks have a lock icon next to them, and public ones don't. The bars next to each network name indicate the strength of the connection—the more bars, the faster connection you'll get.

    To join a public network, tap the network's name, and you'll join it. To join a private network, you'll need a password. Tap the network's name, enter it, and then tap the Join button.

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  4. 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.

Is your iPhone not connecting to Wi-Fi even after following these steps? Check out how to fix an iPhone that can't connect to Wi-Fi. If your Wi-Fi menu is disabled, find out How to Fix Grayed-Out Wi-Fi on an iPhone.

Accessing Wi-Fi Through Control Center

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.

If you have an iPhone X or newer, 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 used in the past when they're available. That makes it great for a quick way to connect at work or at home.