You can’t connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network the usual way. Hidden Wi-Fi networks require a different approach since the network is not visible on your device. So, how can you connect to such a network?
In this article, we’ll show you how to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on Android.
What’s a Hidden Wi-Fi Network?
By definition, a hidden network is a network that does not broadcast its SSID—simply, the Wi-Fi name. As a result, a hidden Wi-Fi network is not visible on your device when you navigate to the available networks section under Wi-Fi, and it won’t be detected automatically.
Hiding the Wi-Fi SSID means that you’ll have to go through extra steps to connect to that network.
Normally, you only need to know the password to connect to Wi-Fi, but you require so much more for hidden Wi-Fi networks—the network’s SSID, security type, and password.
How to Connect to a Hidden Network on Android
If you’re having troubles connecting to a hidden Wi-Fi network, the following procedure should help you out. The specific steps may be slightly different on your device, but the idea is the same.
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Wi-Fi.
- Tap Add network.
- Enter the hidden network’s SSID (you might need to get this info from whoever owns the network).
- Enter the security type, and then the password (if there is one).
- Tap Connect.
You will be connected to the Wi-Fi network instantly. If it doesn’t connect, re-enter the details and try to connect to the network again. Also, check the specific procedure from your phone manufacturer.
Connect to a Hidden Network Easily
Hidden Wi-Fi networks come with their inconvenience when connecting your device(s) to them. If the hidden network has a password, you’ll need more than a password to be able to join the network. However, if you know the exact network SSID, password, and security type, it’s a simple process.