Connect to Wi-Fi networks on your Pixel phone

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 you've connected to before. You can also set your phone to automatically turn on Wi-Fi near saved networks.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on & connect

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn on Use Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap a listed network. If it needs a password, you'll see the Lock Lock. After you connect:
    • "Connected" shows under the network name.
    • The network is "Saved." When your phone is near and Wi-Fi is on, your phone automatically connects.

Tip: You can also swipe down on your screen to get to Wi-Fi settings. Learn how.

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 get notifications for that network, clear the notification. Learn how to control notifications

Tip: You can also connect to these networks without notifications. Learn how to connect automatically to open networks.

Compare strength & speed

From the listed networks, pick one that can do what you need.


Signal strength shows on the Wi-Fi icon Wi-Fi. A fuller icon means a stronger signal.


Connection speed shows under the names of public networks. Speed can change with signal strength.

  • Slow: You can send and receive emails and texts. Images appear slowly.
  • OK: You can read webpages, use social media, and stream music and standard-definition (SD) videos.
  • Fast: You can stream most high-definition (HD) videos and make video calls.
  • Very Fast: You can stream very high-quality videos.

If you don't want to see network speed, open your phone's Settings app And then Network & internet And then Wi-Fi And then Wi-Fi preferences And then Advanced And then Network rating provider And then None.

Turn on automatically near saved networks

On your phone, you can have Wi-Fi automatically turn on near saved networks.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi And then Wi-Fi preferences.
  3. Turn on Turn on Wi-Fi automatically. If needed, first turn on Security & location And then Advanced And then Location And then Advanced And then Scanning And then Wi-Fi scanning.

Wi-Fi won't turn on automatically when:

  • Location is off
  • Battery saver is on
  • Airplane mode is on
  • Tethering ("hotspot") is on
  • Background Wi-Fi scanning is off

Change, add, share, or remove saved networks

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
    • To move between listed networks, tap a network name.
    • To change a network's settings, tap the network.

You can add Wi-Fi networks that don't automatically show in your list.

Option 1: Reload network list

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

Option 2: Add network

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is on.
  4. At the bottom of the list, tap Add network.
  5. If needed, enter the network name (SSID) and security details.
  6. Tap Save.


You can share Wi-Fi information with a friend so that they can connect to the same network.
  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is on.
  4. Tap a network And then Share.
  5. You’ll find a QR code on your phone. Your friend can scan the code to connect.

If you don't want to automatically connect to a saved Wi-Fi network, you can "forget" that network.

To remove a Wi-Fi network from your phone:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is on.
  4. Touch and hold a saved network.
  5. Tap Forget network.

Advanced network settings


A proxy is like a gate or tunnel between phones. For example, you could need to connect through a proxy when you connect to your work network from your home.

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

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap a network.
  4. At the top, tap Edit Edit And then Advanced options.
  5. Under "Proxy," tap the Down arrow Down arrow. Pick the configuration type.
  6. If needed, enter the proxy settings.
  7. Tap Save.

Each Wi-Fi network needs proxy settings set up separately.

Automatic connections, Wi-Fi Direct, & more
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. At the bottom, tap Wi-Fi preferences.
  4. Tap an option. These vary by phone and Android version.
    • Turn on Wi-Fi automatically
      Have Wi-Fi automatically turn on near saved networks. Learn about saved networks (above).
    • Connect to open networks
      Automatically connect to high-quality open networks. Learn how to connect automatically.
    • Open network notification
      Get a notification when automatic connection to high-quality open networks isn't available.
    • Advanced
      • Install certificates
        Digital certificates can identify your phone. Learn about certificates.
      • Network rating provider
        See what service rates Wi-Fi networks for your phone.
      • Wi-Fi Direct
        Let your phone connect, without a network with other devices that can use Wi-Fi Direct.
Metered Wi-Fi

If your network has a data limit, you can set your Wi-Fi as metered. By setting a network as metered, you have more control over how much data your phone is using through downloads and other apps.

  1. Connect your phone to Wi-Fi.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap the Wi-Fi network you're connected to.
  5. Tap Advanced And then Metered And then Treat as metered.

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