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How to Activate and Deactivate Your Android Tablet Wi-Fi

Activating Wi-Fi networking on your Android tablet works in two different ways, depending on whether you have the Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system on your tablet.

For Jelly Bean tablets, activating Wi-Fi works along these lines:

  1. Touch the Apps icon.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Ensure that the button by Wi-Fi is in the On position.

    If not, touch the button. It changes from Off to On and changes color.


For Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, follow these general steps to activate the Wi-Fi radio:

  1. Touch the Apps icon.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose the Wi-Fi item.

    The Wi-Fi window appears on the right side of the screen.

  4. Slide the button by the Wi-Fi item to the right.


After the tablet’s Wi-Fi radio is activated, it can connect a Wi-Fi network. If the tablet has already been configured to connect to an available wireless network, it’s connected automatically. Otherwise, you have to choose an available network.

To turn off Wi-Fi, repeat these steps. Turning off Wi-Fi disconnects the tablet from any wireless networks.

  • Using Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet doesn’t incur data usage charges.

  • It’s perfectly okay to keep the tablet’s Wi-Fi radio on all the time. It does drain the battery, but you really need that Internet access to get the most from your Android tablet.

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