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Connect to Wi-Fi networks

You can connect to Wi-Fi networks, add and remove networks, and change your device's settings for saved networks.

Your device will remember Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to before, and will connect to them automatically when in range.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.

Turn on Wi-Fi and connect to a network

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. At the top, tap the On/Off switch.
  4. On the list of available Wi-Fi networks, tap a network name. If the network is secured and you need a password, you'll see the Wi-Fi lock Wi-Fi lock.
  5. Once you're connected:
    • "Connected" shows under the network name.
    • The Wi-Fi network is a "Saved network." When in range, your device automatically connects to it.

Tip: Wi-Fi is available as a Quick Setting.

Add, change, or remove saved Wi-Fi networks

Add a Wi-Fi network

Most Wi-Fi networks show in the list automatically. You can also add a Wi-Fi network that isn't listed, doesn't broadcast its name (SSID), or is out of range.

Reload the Wi-Fi network list

If the network you want isn't listed, but is in range, tap More More  and then Refresh.

Add a Wi-Fi network

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. At the top, make sure that the switch is On.
  4. At the bottom of the list, tap Add network.
    Tip: On Android 5.0 and 6.0, first tap More More.
  5. If needed, enter the network name (SSID) and other security details.
  6. Tap Save.
Remove a Wi-Fi network

If you don't want your device to automatically connect to a saved Wi-Fi network, you can forget that network. To remove a Wi-Fi network from your device:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. At the top, make sure that the switch is On.
  4. Tap a saved network.
    Tip: On Android 5.0 and 6.0, first tap More More and then Saved networks.
  5. Tap Forget.
See Wi-Fi network details or change settings

To view a saved Wi-Fi network's details or change its settings:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Connect to the desired network. See Connect to a network above.
  4. To see details, tap the network name. You can see:
    • Connection status
    • Signal strength
    • Link speed
    • Frequency
    • Security
  5. To change network settings, touch & hold the network name. You can choose to:
    • Forget the network
    • Modify the network

Advanced Wi-Fi settings

Configure proxy settings

To connect to a Wi-Fi network via a proxy:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Touch & hold the Wi-Fi network name.
  4. Tap Modify network.
  5. Next to "Advanced options," tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  6. Next to "Proxy," tap the Down arrow Down Arrow. Select:
    • None
    • Manual
    • Proxy Auto-Config
  7. If necessary, enter the proxy settings.
  8. Tap Save.

Note: Proxy settings must be set up separately for each Wi-Fi network.

Edit advanced options (certificates, Wi-Fi Direct, WPS, etc.)

You can choose to change the advanced Wi-Fi settings on your device.

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap More More and then Advanced.
  4. Tap an available setting option. Options vary by device and version of Android.
    • Install certificates
      Digital certificates can identify your device for many purposes, including VPN or Wi-Fi network access. Learn about certificates.
    • Wi-Fi Direct
      Let your device connect with other Wi-Fi Direct-capable devices without a network.
    • WPS Push Button
      Turn on Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) for a WPS-capable network.
    • WPS Pin Entry
      Enter the Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) personal identification number (PIN).
    • Network notification
      Get a notification when your device finds a Wi-Fi network to which it can connect.
    • Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep
      Choose how your device handles Wi-Fi when it's asleep.
    • Wi-Fi frequency band
      Specify the frequency range of operation.

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