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How to Connect to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network on Android

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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.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap Add network.
  4. Enter the hidden network’s SSID (you might need to get this info from whoever owns the network).
  5. Enter the security type, and then the password (if there is one).
  6. Tap Connect.
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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.

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