How to Connect Your Android Device to a Wi-Fi Network
After you’ve activated the Wi-Fi radio, your Android phone or tablet automatically connects to any known Wi-Fi network, one that you’ve accessed before where the password is still valid. If not, you can hunt down an available network. Follow these steps:
- Visit the Wi-Fi screen in the Settings app.
- Select a wireless network from the list.
Available Wi-Fi networks appear on the screen, similar to what’s shown in the figure. When no wireless networks are listed, you’re out of luck regarding wireless access from your current location.
- If prompted, type the network password.
Tap the Show Password check box so that you can see what you’re typing; some of those network passwords can be long.
- Tap the CONNECT button.
The network is connected immediately. If not, try the password again.
- If prompted to remember the network, do so.
Some Androids may ask whether you want to automatically reconnect to the same Wi-Fi network in the future. Choose that option.
While your Android is connected to a wireless network, the Wi-Fi Connected status icon appears atop the touchscreen, looking like the one shown here. This icon indicates that the Wi-Fi radio is on and the device is connected and communicating with a Wi-Fi network.
- Some public networks require that you sign in to their web pages after connecting. The sign-in page may appear automatically. If not, open the web browser app and visit any page to be redirected to the sign-in page. Heed the directions there to gain network access.
A wireless network without a password is considered unsecure. The absence of security makes it easier for the Bad Guys to do bad-guy things on the network. My advice is to use the connection but avoid sending sensitive information over a nonsecured public network.
- The Wi-Fi connection works best when you plan on being in a specific location for an extended time. That’s because the Wi-Fi signal goes only so far. If you wander too far away, the signal — and your connection — are lost.
- The Wi-Fi connection stays active until you wander out of range. To deliberately disconnect from a Wi-Fi network, turn off the device’s Wi-Fi radio.