There are several things you have to do before you can make Wi-Fi function properly on Android powered device. This means that you have to enable wireless on your phone and then join the proper Wi-Fi network.
How to Activate Wi-Fi
The next few steps have to be conducted if you want to enable Wi-Fi on your phone.
- Take a look at the Home screen. Once there tap on Apps.
- Next, tap on Settings.
- Check whether Wi-Fi is ON. If it’s OFF then slide the button.
In case you have connected that phone to that specific network, it will connect automatically. If you haven’t done it before you will have to choose your network name.
Additionally, if you want to turn off the wireless function, just follow the steps from above and slide the button to OFF. This will disconnect your Android phone from all Wi-Fi networks.
- There are phones that have a Wi-Fi ON and OFF button on the Home screen.
- Make sure you use Wi-Fi whenever possible because it won’t affect your data plan or cause additional costs.
- Having the Wi-Fi option turned on will drain your phone’s battery a bit. However this is negligible. But if you are low on battery power it is recommended to switch it off.
How to Connect to anyWireless Network
When you activate the Wi-Fi on your Android phone you will all the available network you can join.
- Tap on Settings.
- Select Wi-Fi.
Here you have to tap the Wi-Fi menu since we want to access this menu, not enable or disable wireless. Try not to touch the on/off key.
After you do this, you will see a list of available networks.
- Tap on the one you want to connect to.
- If necessary you will be asked to enter the wireless password.
- If you have to enter the password, make sure to check Show password because in this way you will be sure you have typed the password correctly.
- Tap on Connect.
This will connect your device instantly. In case the phone didn’t connect, make sure to check whether you have typed the password properly.
If you have connected to the wireless network you will see the Wi-Fi icon on top of the screen.
In some cases, the wireless network owner decides to hide the network name. Although this is a goodsecurity measure, it may cause you problems when you want to connect. If this is the case, you can add a network icon manually on your screen. All you need to do is to know the network name, securitytype and the password.
A Few Notes About Wi-Fi Networks
- Some Wi-Fi networks won’t ask you to enter a password
- If you use some public networks you will be directed to a login page where you have to enter a username and a password.
- Once you connect to a specific network, your phone will remember the network and the password and it will connect to it automatically the next time you are in range.
- If you want to be disconnected from this network you should turn off the Wi-Fi. And if you don’t want to connect ever again to this network, select Forget Network. This means that you will be asked to enter the password the next time you want to connect to it.
- Use Wi-Fi when you plan to stay at that place for a while. When you leave the signal will be lost.
If you are using your own network to connect to it with your Android devices, make sure it is properly protected. This means that you have to, at least, protect your wireless network with a password. This is very important because if you fail to do this, someone may connect to your network and login to your wireless router and mess up all your settings, and even change the router login details so you can’t login and fix the problems he or she had caused.
So, open your browser and login to the router using the IP 192.168.1.1 (not 192.168.l.l) and use the default router username and password to login to the router. Once there go to Wireless Security and Choose WPA2 encryption and set the wireless password there. It is also recommended to change the Network name as well.