Though your iPhone is always connected to the Internet via your cellular connection, you may occasionally want to use local WiFi for things like downloading big files, saving data (and avoiding overages) or if you want to reduce drain on your battery. No matter your reason, connecting your iPhone to a local wireless network is simple and easy. However, there are some key things that you need to remember when using WiFi networks both in your home and out in public.
How do I connect iPhone to WiFi?
Go to your phone’s home screen by pressing the home button. Then select the “Settings” application. Select “Wi-fi” from the menu, and slide the WiFi switch to “on.” A list of wireless networks in range should pop up. Once you see the network you want to connect to, simply tap it. If the network requires a security code, you will be prompted to enter it.
When you have successfully connected, a small wireless symbol will appear at the top of your phone, next to your carrier’s name. If you are connecting to your home network, you can set your phone to connect automatically when it is range of your home network by selecting “off” under the setting that says “ask to join networks.”
When Should I Connect to WiFi?
Ideally, any time you are within range of a trusted Wifi source, you should connect your phone to WiFi. Though it may seem a little cumbersome, you’ll find that there are many benefits to using WiFi on your phone. Not only will you be able to avoid data overages, but your iPhone will use its battery more efficiently, and you might actually find that you are able to load web content faster (especially if you are in an area with only a few bars).
What Kind of WiFi Networks Should I Connect To?
Your home network is of course the best network to connect your phone to, but certain public networks, including those offered at public parks, local libraries and even restaurants are OK to connect to. If you are connecting to a network outside your home, you may need to obtain a code to access their connection. Certain businesses also require that you be a patron of their business before using their WiFi.
For instance, if a coffee shop offers free WiFi, they may require you to make a purchase before giving you access to their network. Likewise, public parks and libraries may require proof of your membership or residence before you can access their connection.
What Kind of Network Should I Avoid?
Unsecured networks outside your home, or those that are owned by private parties. Though it may be tempting to access a private, unsecured network while you are out running errands, this is an extremely unsafe practice.
Unfortunately, many identity thieves use these wireless connections to access content on the computers that connect to these “spoof” wireless connections. This is especially vital if you have sensitive personal or work information on the computer. It is important to remember that any wireless connection can be exploited to download information from connected computers, so it is important to be careful.
A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you do not recognize a network by name, you shouldn’t connect to it, no matter how tempting it may be.
If you are having a hard time connecting your iPhone to a local WiFi signal, the first thing you can try is moving closer to the source. WiFi signals are far from standard and some have a range that spans hundreds of feet, while others are contained in a single building.
If you moved closer to the source and still can’t connect, you can try restarting your phone by pressing and holding the home button, waiting for the phone to power down, and then holding the home button down again to reboot.
Now you can help your friends and neighbors when they ask, “How do I connect iPhone to WiFi?”
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