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How do I connect my iPhone or iPad to a wireless network?

How you connect to a wireless network varies depending on whether you are joining:

There are risks associated with joining an unsecured network. If the network is your own, you should consider adding security. For more information, see Why should I be concerned about the security of my wireless network?

To connect your iPhone or iPad to an unsecured network:

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
  3. Make sure Wi-Fi is on.
  4. In the Choose a Network list, unsecured networks do not carry the Secured Network Icon icon. Select the unsecured network to which you want to connect. A check mark is displayed before the network name, and Wi-Fi Signal Icon is displayed at the top of your screen.

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To connect your iPhone or iPad to a secured network:

  1. Make sure you have the following information for the network you want to join:
    • Network name (SSID).
    • Security type.
    • Password. The password may also be referred to as a passphrase, network security ID, or key.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Wi-Fi.
  4. Make sure Wi-Fi is on.
  5. In the Choose a Network list, secured networks carry the Secured Networkicon, but all secured networks might not be displayed. Select a network from the list, or select Other.
  6. In the Name text box enter the network name, or SSID.
  7. Select Security
  8. Select the security type from the list. Check Mark Icon is displayed for that security type.
  9. Select Other Network Button. You are returned to the Other Network screen.
  10. Enter the network Password.
  11. Select Join Button. You are returned to the Wi-Fi Networks screen. Check Mark is displayed before the network name, and Wi-Fi Signal Icon is displayed at the top of your screen.

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Connecting Your iPhone or iPad to a Known Network

Once you have connected to a network, your device finds that network and connects to it automatically if your device is in range. This is true if you leave Ask to Join Networks off on the Wi-Fi Networks page. If you turn it on, a message is displayed each time a network is detected, asking whether you want to join that network.

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