Connect to Wi-Fi networks on your Android device

To use Wi-Fi the way you want, you can change how and when your phone connects.

When you have Wi-Fi turned on, your phone automatically connects to nearby Wi-Fi networks to which you've connected before. You can also set your phone to automatically turn on Wi-Fi near saved networks.

Important: Some of these steps only work on Android 12 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on & connect

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Internet.
  3. Tap a listed network. Networks that require a password have a lock Lock.

Tip: After you connect, the network is 'Saved'. When your phone is near and Wi-Fi is on, your phone automatically connects to this network.

Connect via notification
When Wi-Fi is on, you get notifications of available, high-quality, public networks. On these notifications:
  • To connect to the network, tap Connect.
  • To change Wi-Fi settings, tap All networks.
  • To not receive notifications for that network, clear the notification. Learn how to control notifications.
Connect from the Internet panel
  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Internet.
  3. In the panel that appears, select a network.
Tip: To get a better connection, you can use the Internet panel to quickly switch to another network. Your preference is saved temporarily.
Compare networks' strength
  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Internet.
  3. The network's signal strength is on the Wi-Fi icon Wi-Fi. A fuller icon means a stronger signal.
Reset your Internet connection
Important: If you reset your connection while you’re on a call, your call will end.
  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Internet.
  3. At the top, select Reset .

Change, add, share or remove saved networks

Change a saved network

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Internet.
    • To move between listed networks, tap a network name.
    • To change a network's settings, tap the network.
Add

Option 1: Reload network list

If the network that you want isn't listed, but is nearby, wait for the list to refresh.

Option 2: Add network

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Internet.
  3. At the bottom of the list, tap Add network.
    • You may need to enter the network name (SSID) and security details.
  4. Tap Save.

Share Wi-Fi information with a friend

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Internet.
  3. Tap your Wi-Fi network and then Share.
  4. Your phone will give you a QR code. To join the same network, scan the code on another device.
Remove saved networks

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Internet.
  3. Touch and hold a saved network.
  4. Tap Forget network.

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