How to Connect to Wi-Fi With an iPhone

The iPhone can browse the Web over your cellular connection, but whenever possible, you should connect to Wi-Fi to save on data costs. Wi-Fi is usually faster and more stable than a cell connection, as well. Every time you connect to a new wireless network -- when you first buy your phone, when you replace your router (or change its password), when you visit a friend's house and so on -- you need to pick a network in the Settings app. Afterward, your iPhone reconnects to the network whenever it's in range.

Connect to a Wireless Network

Step

Open the iPhone Settings app and tap Wi-Fi. If the Wi-Fi slider is off, tap it to switch it on.

Wi-Fi settings
Sliders in iOS 7 and 8 turn from white to green when enabled.
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Step

Tap the name of the network you want to join. If you don't know the name of the wireless network in your home, look for a sticker on the back or bottom of the router.

Choose a network
You might need to scroll down to find your network.
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Step

Enter the password for the network and tap Join. Unlike some other devices, you don't need to know or input the type of security your router uses when picking a network off the list.

Joining a network
WPA and WPA2 passwords are at least eight characters long.
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Step

After the connection is made, the network icon in the status bar changes from displaying your cellular data connection — such as 3G, 4G or LTE — to displaying the Wi-Fi connection strength.

Wi-Fi signal
Wi-Fi bars indicate signal strength, not speed.
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If You Don't See Your Network

The iPhone usually shows every network in range, except for hidden networks. If your network doesn't show up in the list and you're sure it's running, enter it manually.

Step

Tap Other at the bottom of the wireless network list and enter the network name (SSID) by hand.

Other network
Other always appears at the end of the page.
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Step

Tap Security and pick the security type for the network. As of iOS 8, the iPhone supports WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA Enterprise and WPA2 Enterprise security systems. For open networks, choose None. After picking a security setting, press Back.

Wi-Fi security
You must pick the same security type as in your router settings.
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Step

Enter the network password and tap Join.

Joining other network
The Join button lights up after you enter a password.
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