Manage Wi-Fi networks

If you have multiple networks saved on your Chromebook, you can choose which wireless network the device should connect to by default.

By default, your Chromebook tries to connect to networks in this order of preference:

  • Wired local area network
  • Secure wireless network
  • Unsecure wireless network
  • Mobile data network (only used if your Chromebook has a data plan)

Learn how to manage your networks 

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Automatically connect to a network

If you have multiple Wi-Fi networks in your area, you can choose to automatically connect to a specific one:

  1. Make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings  .
  4. In the "Network" section, select Wi-Fi and then your network.
  5. Turn on Automatically connect to this network.

Prefer a network

If you have multiple Wi-Fi networks in your area, you can tell your Chromebook to prefer one network over another:

  1. Make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. In the "Network" section, select Wi-Fi and then your network.
  5. Turn on Prefer this network.

Forget a network

Your Chromebook saves network information when you connect to a network. To delete that info:

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook. 
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. In the "Network" section, select Wi-Fi.
  5. Select Known networks.
  6. Find the network you want to forget, then select More  and then Forget.

Connect to a hidden network

Important: When you turn on “Hidden network,” others may be able to identify your device and learn which hidden networks are configured on your device. 

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi and connect to a network.
  3. Select your network again to open “Settings.” 
  4. Turn on Hidden network.
    • When you turn on this setting, you’ll be able to find and connect to a hidden network.

Tips:

Sync your network across devices

If you use multiple Chromebooks, you can sync them all to the same Wi-Fi network. Learn how to share the same network across devices.

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