How to Connect Your Android Device to a WPS Router

By Dan Gookin

Many Wi-Fi routers feature WPS, which stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. It’s a network authorization system that’s simple and secure. If the wireless router features WPS, follow these steps to quickly connect your phone or tablet to the network:

  1. Visit the Wi-Fi screen in the Settings app.
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  2. Tap the WPS connection button on the router.
    The button either is labeled WPS or uses the WPS icon, shown here.
  3. On your Android, choose Wi-Fi Preferences.
    This item is found at the bottom of the list of available networks on the Wi-Fi screen. If not, tap Action Overflow and choose Advanced.
  4. Choose WPS Push Button or WPS Pin Entry, depending on how the router does its WPS thing.
    If you don’t see these items, expand the Advanced category.
    For a WPS push-button router, push the WPS button on the router.
    For a WPS PIN router, look on the device’s touchscreen for a PIN. Type that number on the Wi-Fi router.

Connection with the router may take a few moments, so be patient. The good news is that, as on all Wi-Fi networks, once the initial connection is established, the connection is made again automatically in the future.