How to Connect to WiFi on iPhone – Step-by-Step walk throughs

How to connect to WiFi on iPhone

Hello everyone,

I know that the majority of you out there are using iPhones, so I decided to write this post to show you step-by-step how to connect to WiFi on iPhone.

Introduction How to connect to WiFi on iPhone

Of course, Apple’s iPhone has WiFi support in all versions of its iOS, which allows you to connect to WiFi signals nearby you which in turn, connects your device to the internet.

In this guide, you will learn how to connect to WiFi on iPhone. I will also talk about a pretty cool new method that most iPhone users don’t know about. So, let’s jump on in!

How to connect to an unsecured/open WiFi network on your iPhone

What is open WiFi?

Open WiFi has no security so there is no password set. This allows WiFi devices to connect to the WiFi network without giving a password.

You do not need to be a master to connect to open WiFi because the steps are pretty simple.

To make it easier I’ve included some screenshots that should help you along the way.

  1. Open settings. Tap on the icon that looks like a “gear” to do so.
  2. From settings, tap on the WiFi button.
  3. Turn on the WiFi switch
  4. You will see all the available WiFi networks that your iPhone is discovering.
  5. Tap on the name of the WiFi network that you want to connect to.
  6. Because the open WiFi network does not require a password, once you tap on the WiFi network name your iPhone will immediately try to connect to it.
  7. Once you are connected, you will see a checkmark below the WiFi network name. You will also see the tiny WiFi signal icon at the very top of your screen near battery percentage.
How to connect to WiFi on iPhone. WIFiNFO.com

Done! You have successfully connected to an open WiFi.

Not be able to connect to an open WiFi network?

If you have tried the above steps but you still can’t connect to the open WiFi network then the wireless router may have some restrictions implemented on it.

Basically, this will not allow unknown devices to connect to it. The owner of the open wireless network might have filters in place that only allow certain devices to connect. This can be done by the owner specifying the MAC address of the devices they wish to have access to. If you do run into this scenario then you can either try to find another WiFi network to connect to or ask whoever owns the network to give you access.

How to connect to secured WiFi on iPhone

As the name shows, secured WiFi is protected with a password. So, you will need to enter a correct password to connect to this.

how to connect to wifi on iphone on secured network

Follow the instructions below to connect to the password-protected WiFi network.

  1. Open settings. Tap on the icon that looks like a “gear” to do so.
  2. From settings, tap on the WiFi button.
  3. Make sure that the WiFi switch is turned on.
  4. Here you will see all the wireless networks that your iPhone can see.
  5. The secured WiFi networks will have a lock icon by the network name. Just tap on the signal, that you would like to connect to.
  6. You will be prompted to enter the password for the network.
  7. Type in the correct password and tap on “Join”. (wireless passwords are case sensitive)
  8. If you have entered the correct password you will be connected to this WiFi network.
  9. Once you are connected the WiFi signal icon will be shown at the very top of your screen, next to the battery symbol.
What do I do if I entered the wrong password on my iPhone? Or if I mistyped it?

If you entered in the incorrect password, your iPhone will not connect and it will display an error message like this: “Failed to authenticate”

If you run into this, just follow the steps listed below:

How to connect to WiFi on iPhone -What do I do if I entered the wrong password? WIFiNFO.com
How to connect to WiFi on iPhone, forget this network - WIFiNFO.com
  1. Tap on the info icon in front of the WiFi network that you typed in the incorrect password.
  2. Tap on “Forget this Network” and then “Forget” This will clear the password field so you can enter the password again.
  3. Now, tap on the wireless network again and enter the correct password.
  4. After you enter the correct password you will be connected to that WiFi.
  5. And a WiFi signal bar icon will appear at the top corner of the screen.
How to Connect to WiFi on iPhone quickly if you have previously connected to the network

Here is a quick method to connect to a WiFi network that you have previously connected to without needing to go through the settings.

For this, follow the steps below.

How to connect to WiFi on iPhone - if you have already used the same network
  1. Open the iPhone control center by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen. Just put your finger on the very bottom of the iPhone screen and move your finger up. The control center will pop-up once you do.
  2. From there, tap on the WiFi signal icon to turn it on. It looks like WiFi signal bars and the icon fills with color when turned on. If it is already turned on, then skip this step and move to next.
  3. Now, if you have previously entered in the password for any available wireless networks that your iPhone can see, your iPhone will automatically connect to this WiFi.
  4. This only works if the WiFi network signal is within the range of your iPhone. If not, then you need to select a different network and enter its password. To do so, just follow the steps described above in this article.

How to connect to Hidden WiFi on iPhone

Unfortunately, there are hackers out there that can potentially bypass wireless security including passwords. Because of this, some people have created “Hidden” wireless networks to add even more security.

WiFi routers can be configured to “hide” a wireless network, so any nearby devices won’t be able to see the network.

For this reason, if you want to connect to a Hidden wireless network you will need to enter the specific network details manually.

Just follow the steps to connect to a Hidden WiFi network on the iPhone.

  1. Open up settings by tapping the “gear” icon.
  2. Tap on WiFi.
  3. Turn on the WiFi switch/slider
  4. Tap on “other”
  5. Type the name of the WiFi network, aka the SSID. You can get it from your network administrator or from the router’s settings.
If the Hidden WiFi Network is not secured
How to connect to WiFi on Iphone - Hidden Network.
How to connect to WiFi on Iphone - Hidden Network..
How to connect to WiFi on Iphone - Hidden Network...
  1. Tap on “Join” if the Hidden wireless network is not secured. If it is secured/password protected, tap on “Security”
  2. From the list of security types, select the appropriate security type. Set this to WEP2. You can get this from the network owner or from the router settings. (If you would like to know how to login to your router then read my other article explaining this for most of today’s popular routers)
  3. After you select a security type, tap on other networks from the top left side to return to the previous screen.
  4. Enter the correct password in the password field. (remember these are case sensitive)
  5. Tap on “join”
  6. If the password you entered is correct, your device will connect to the WiFi network. You will see the WiFi signal icon up on the top of the iPhone screen, near your battery icon.

That’s it, All Done!

How to connect to WiFi using the iPhone Camera app to Scan the QR Code

How to connect to WiFi on iPhone - QR Code

This is a really interesting way to connect to an available wireless network. It is about the “coolest” way that most people don’t even know about. This method works if you are at a friend’s house or anywhere else with a wireless network if you don’t know the password.

You can bypass the password and connect by scanning the QR code on the back of the router. Of course, the first thing that you will need is the router in order to do this.

Note – This feature is only available for iOS 11 and above. So, if you are on an iOS version below 11, you cannot access this feature. Update your device to enjoy QR scanning through the camera app.

Turn on the “QR scanning through camera app” before trying to scan the QR code of the wireless router.

To turn on QR Scanning on iPhone, follow steps here below.
How to connect to WiFi on iPhone, setting up to scan the QR code
  1. Open settings by tapping on the “gear” icon.
  2. Inside settings, tap on Camera.
  3. Here, you will see an option that says “Scan QR codes”. Enabled and go to the next step.
  4. Open the regular Camera app of your iPhone.
  5. On the bottom menu of the camera, Tap on the photo.
  6. Point your camera at the QR code on the bottom of the router. There is an image below that will show you what a QR code looks like.
  7. After your camera successfully scans the QR code, a notification banner will appear. Tap the banner and your device will connect to the wireless router without needing to enter a password.
  8. Done, You are now connected to the WiFi network. You will now see the WiFi signal icon on top of the screen.

How to get an updated QR code

How to connect to WiFi on iPhone - setup to scan QR Codes
How to Connect to WiFi on iPhone - example of QR Code

Note: The QR code printed on the back of your router only stores the original factory wireless network name/SSID and password. If either of these two were changed you will not be able to connect using this method.

As a solution to this, you can get a new QR code based on your new password and network name.

  1. Go to https://qifi.org/
  2. Enter your network name and password.
  3. The website will generate a QR code containing information about your wireless network name and password. You can print it or take a screenshot. Now, you can use the camera app QR code scanning feature to connect to wireless, even if you want to change the factory settings of the router.
How to Share your WiFi connection to other iPhones without revealing your password.

iOS 11 and versions after, allows sharing your wireless password to another iOS device without revealing it.

Note: Make sure the person that you want to share the wireless network with is saved in your contacts list or this will not work.

To do so, ask your friend to tap on your network name showing in WiFi signals. When your friend will tap it, you will get a pop-up banner asking to allow sharing of the password. Allow it, and your friend will be able to connect to the wireless network without actually knowing it.

And don’t worry about the security of your iPhone. This technique uses security and it is an encrypted way to share your network details with another device.

And just like with the previous method of “scanning the QR code” If you would like to use this method then you need to make sure your iOS is version 11 or above.

All the guides described in this article will also work for the iPad.