How to Connect Your Android Device to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network

By Dan Gookin

Some wireless networks don’t broadcast their names, which adds security but also makes it more difficult to connect. In these cases, follow these steps to make the Wi-Fi network connection:

  1. Visit the Wi-Fi screen.
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  2. Tap the ADD NETWORK button.
    The button is found at the bottom of the list of available networks.
  3. Type the network name.
    The Network Name text box might be labeled SSID.
  4. Choose the security setting.
    How do you know which item to choose? Ask the person who gave you the network name. Otherwise, WPA/WPA2 PSK is the most common option.
    If an option is available to reconnect automatically (Auto Reconnect), choose that setting.
  5. Tap the SAVE button or CONNECT button.
  6. If prompted, type the network password.

As with other Wi-Fi networks, after the connection is made, your Android memorizes the connection. You must toil through these steps only once.

SSID stands for Service Set Identifier. Any further information on this acronym would needlessly lower your blood pressure.