In today’s society, almost everyone has a smartphone. As a matter of fact, phones are used more frequently to access the Internet or send text messages than they are to make phone calls. One of the most popular smart phones on the market today is the iPhone. Naturally, one of the biggest questions that iPhone users want to know is how to connect iPhone to WiFi.
Whenever a Wi-Fi connection is available, you should have no trouble connecting your iPhone to it. In fact, iPads and iPods can also be connected to any available Wi-Fi connection. In the event that Wi-Fi is not available your iPhone will automatically connect to your cell phone carrier’s Internet network, but this can be slow. Connecting the iPhone through your data plan can also get very expensive. Most people prefer to connect their iPhone to a Wi-Fi connection, whenever it is possible because a Wi-Fi connection will typically be faster than going through the cellular network.
When you use a feature on your iPhone that requires access to the Internet, the phone will automatically go through several steps:
First of all, it is going to attempt to connect to an available Wi-Fi network. You will be given a list of available Wi-Fi networks and you will select the one you want it to connect with. Once connected the iPhone will prompt you to input the network password. If there is not a Wi-Fi network available, then your device is going to connect to your cell phone carrier’s network instead. This is why cell phone carriers require their users to have a data plan and usually recommend a contract with an unlimited data plan.
How to Connect iPhone to WiFi: Connecting
You phone already knows how to connect iPhone to WiFi, but sometimes it needs a little help. If your phone doesn’t automatically look for and find a Wi-Fi connection, then you can do it manually. Figuring out what Wi-Fi networks are available in range of your iPhone is fairly easy if you follow these simple steps:
- Select the “Settings” menu on your iPhone and make sure that the Wi-Fi is turned on.
- Under “Choose a Network” select which Wi-Fi network you want your iPhone to connect to.
- Input the network password (if there is one required).
Once you have followed these three simple steps, your iPhone should be connected to the Wi-Fi network you have selected. You can confirm this by looking for the Wi-Fi icon which should have appeared in the status bar on your iPhone. Keep in mind, the more bars the icon has, and the stronger the Internet connection is.
When connecting to a public Wi-Fi network in places such as McDonalds or Starbucks, you will usually be directed to a company specific terms-of-use page that you have to agree to before you can access their Internet. The pages usually contain some legal mumbo-jumbo that boils down to you agreeing not to do anything illegal and that they are not responsible for anything you do or that may happen while you are connected.
When connected to any public Wi-Fi network, use caution. You don’t want to give hackers any valuable personal information that they could later use. Before connecting to any Wi-Fi network ensure that you are connecting to the correct one. Look at the network names carefully and if you see similar names, then confirm which is the correct one before logging in. It’s unfortunate, but many identity thieves will set up “spoof” wireless connections that mimic the names of the correct networks, frequently putting a digit in the name, misspelling it, or putting a symbol or hyphen in it. Once you are connected to the dummy network they can easily access your iPhone and possibly grab valuable information. If you don’t recognize the name, or you think there is something off about it, then maybe you shouldn’t connect.
Your iPhone (along with any other Apple device) can also be wirelessly connected to your printer and your home network. Your home network is probably the most secure Wi-Fi for doing any personal transactions.
The process for connecting to your the home network works the same way as connecting to the public Wi-Fi. If you have an AirPrint capable printer you can access it directly from your iDevice, you just have to scan for the printer and connect to it. Keep in mind, when you try to connect to your home network, you might have to get on your computer and give your iPhone permission to share media with your computer. If your printer is not AirPrint capable then are programs such as ActivePrint which allows you to print using a home computer as a host.
Knowing how to connect iPhone to WiFi should save you download time and money — especially if you have a good High Speed Internet service.