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Connect to a Wi-Fi network

Wherever there is a Wi-Fi network, you can use your Windows Phone to connect to it, in addition to connecting to a cellular network. You'll probably prefer a Wi-Fi connection because it's typically faster than your cellular data connection. It can also save on costs if you're not on an unlimited data plan, or if you can't connect to your cellular network for some reason. Some Wi-Fi networks are secured and may require a password before you can connect to the network.

To connect to a Wi-Fi network

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon > Wi-Fi.

  2. Make sure that Wi-Fi networking is set to On Toggle control icon.

    This ensures that your phone is actively searching for available Wi-Fi networks. If a network is found, your phone will list it here and let you know whether it's an open or secured network.

  3. Tap the network you want to connect to.


  • Depending on how your phone is set up by your phone manufacturer or mobile operator, you'll be notified periodically when there are available Wi-Fi networks in your area. You can tap the notification to connect to the network, or to turn off notifications. If you don't want to be notified when a Wi-Fi network is available, return to Settings Settings icon > Wi-Fi and clear the Notify me when new networks are found check box. When notifications are turned off, you can still check for Wi-Fi networks by returning to Settings Settings icon > Wi-Fi.
  • If there aren't any Wi-Fi networks listed when you're somewhere that you expect one or more to appear, turn Wi-Fi networking off, and then turn it back on.
  • Some phones might not support Wi-Fi, so Wi-Fi network settings might not be visible.
  • If you want to connect to a secured network, you might have to enter a user name and a password. If so, tap Done when you're finished.
  • Some Wi-Fi networks, such as ones you might find in coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, or elsewhere, may require you to enter a password in your web browser before you can connect.
  • To disconnect from a network, tap and hold it, and then tap Delete.

To connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network

A Wi-Fi network might be hidden, which means the network name isn't broadcasted. In this case, it won't appear in the list of available networks on the Wi-Fi Settings screen and a notification won't appear when the network is in range. To connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network when it's in range, you'll need to enter the network name and password.

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon > Wi-Fi.

  2. Make sure that Wi-Fi networking is set to On Toggle control icon, and then tap Advanced.

  3. On the Advanced screen, tap Add Add icon, type the network name in the Network name box, and then tap Add.

  4. On the Sign in screen, type the password in the Password box, and then tap Done.


  • The network name and password are case sensitive.
  • This feature might not work on your phone without a software update from your phone manufacturer.

To find the MAC address for your phone

If your Wi-Fi network uses Media Access Control (MAC) address filtering for security, you'll need to know the MAC address for your phone, and then add it to the access list for that network before you can connect.

  • On Start, flick left to the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > About > More info, and then note the MAC address.

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