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How to: Turn on Wi-Fi on an Android Device [Beginners’ Guide]

You just got your new Android smartphone home and are ready to connect to your home network, but how do you do it? It’s pretty simple really and can be accomplished with the touch of a few buttons. 

Standard Method:

1.  First, head into the Settings menu of your device.

*Press the Menu button and then Settings. On some devices without a Menu button, you can pull down your Notification menu and select the Settings icon.

2.  From there, the top option you will see under “Wireless & Networks” is Wi-Fi.
3.  Select Wi-Fi and turn the toggle or button to “On.”
4.  The device will display all of the networks in range.
5.  When you see your home network’s name, select it, enter your password and hit “Connect.”
6.  You are now connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Alternative Methods:

For future usage, Android comes with a Power Control widget that can be placed on a homescreen and is a much quicker method for toggling Wi-Fi on and off. To add the widget, long-press the desired homescreen and an options menu will appear. Select “Widgets” and scroll down the list until you see “Power Control.” You have now added the Power Control widget to your homescreen.

If your device is running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, the widgets menu can be accessed by opening your app drawer and scrolling all the way to the right or hitting “Widgets.” By hitting the Wi-Fi icon on the Power Control widget, it will toggle your Wi-Fi connection on and off without forcing you to go into the Settings menu.

On some devices, the Power Control is accessible through the pulldown notification bar on the top of your display.

*Android Beginners Guide is a way for people new to Android to get to learn how Android works. We will be posting many tips and tricks on how to optimize your usage of the Android operating system.

  • ptm

    can I turn on wifi, surf the net, on any smartphone, WITHOUT having a SIM card?

  • Spencer Ward

    I’ve lost my faith in humanity… well done fellas. Is the new person not entitled to education? We were all generally there once, lost in the absurdly elitist niche that is Android fans There are people out there that use event their smartphones for just that, a phone, the discovery of wifi could be mindblowing to them! Connecting to my home internet to download stuff? Man, I told my grandmother that and her jaw actually hit the floor. Give people a chance man, you could be shutting down the next enthusiast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

    What’s a Wi-Fi?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

      Are there people that go around “not liking” comments just for fun?

  • C2Cab95

    LMAO @ “Bill Wi the Science Fi”

  • Trevor

    Slow news day

  • steven sullivan

    Really?????

  • http://twitter.com/kdkinc kdkinc

    Can DroidLife please reprint the article.
    “How to screw in a light bulb”
    My refrigerator is dark when I close the door and I can’t see my porno while “surfing” the web.
    signed:
    iPad owner

  • bob martin

    maybe step 1 should be how to turn the phone on.

  • niceness

    A tutorial that speaks to me; How to use Tasker to take photos of you in the bathroom while posing duck face and making a million hits on instagram.

  • Tech_Lady

    Does anyone know how to turn on wi-fi without a SIM card?
    (Samsung S3)
    Thanks

    • smwandrie93

      Touch the bottom left corner, bottom right, bottom left, bottom right, then press either the volume up or down( i dont remember which one…)

  • Dain Laguna

    So here i was, browsing on my nexus7, and then i come across this article. Disqus SUCKS on mobile devices, but some of the comments you clowns are leaving inspired me to bust out the laptop and type a proper response.

    This isnt ‘rom life’. this isnt ‘root life’. its droid life. therefore, any article relating to or pertaining to android is game.

    what if i was just getting into android? what if i was tired of my iphone, but wanted to get good tips and tricks and i literally just got my phone today, and that verizon rep who sold me the phone just wanted to make a sale and didnt really have the time to teach me the ropes of my new phone?

    what if i had been hearing about this awesome, informative community of android enthusiasts who are a wealth of knowledge and i wanted to be a part of it?

    coming to a site like this and seeing the types of comments posted here would make me want to crawl back into my simple, boring, ‘safe’ iphone hole that i just crawled out of. and BACK to the community that thinks i’m smart just because i have an iphone.

    thats what you guys really want to encourage? i work in sales, for an isp, and if i had a dollar for every person who came in wondering how to turn on wi fi on their android phone (hell even their iphone) and explained the benefits of doing so to them, i wouldnt have to work anymore.

    You think providers, especially Verizon, are encouraging people to not use data on their phones? why would they, when data overages and all sorts of money is in store for them if they dont?

    To echo what someone else said earlier: EVERYONE is buying smartphones nowadays. EVERYONE. its what providers are encouraging people to do. its what people see all over the place on tv, on the internet, on the street. if you are gonna get a new phone, you have to get a smartphone. tis the way of the world. maybe people back in the day didnt want cable or satellite or even to watch tv on the internet, but that didnt change the direction media consumption was going in. you either get on board or get labeled a simpleton or ‘old fashioned’

    so now those people are damned for trying to get on board and damned if they stay behind?

    have you seen what feature phones are like nowadays? they arent like they used to be. there is ZERO incentive to get a feature phone. they are made awful and have horrible user experiences in store for their users. you think motorola or samsung is saving the best of the best for those phones? or even wasting real effort? (hell samsung barely puts forth effort in some of their premier smartphones.)

    Look…i get that this site is geared towards the android hardcore. but there isnt a huge noob disclaimer here like there is on xda, nothing to encourage people to stay away if they arent into ‘flashing the latest roms, yo’ (i know no one here really talks like that, but it flowed nicely.)

    But at the end of the day, YOU, and android know-it-all, master of rooting and roms, benchmark enthusiast…..YOU clicked on an article called ‘How to turn on wi-fi on an android device (beginners guide)’. You had every right to, but you, just like everyone else on the internet, should have known better.

    now get over yourself and click on that which actually interests you, if it bothers and has shaken you to your core on such a profound level that you cant even handle what someone else does and posts on THEIR website.

    • Keenan Singh

      +1

    • Bigwavedave25

      “But at the end of the day, YOU, and android know-it-all, master of rooting and roms, benchmark enthusiast…..YOU clicked on an article called ‘How to turn on wi-fi on an android device (beginners guide)’. You had every right to, but you, just like everyone else on the internet, should have known better.
      now get over yourself and click on that which actually interests you, if it bothers and has shaken you to your core on such a profound level that you cant even handle what someone else does and posts on THEIR website.”

      ^^^ THAT ^^^

      Well put. No need for “advanced” users to come over and piss on cheerios or blab about how much they don’t need this. Just move on and let the new comers start gaining knowledge without reading your infantile comments and feeling bad about what they don’t know yet.
      But if that’s you, fine, don’t expect anyone to come asking you for help. Which, as put above, is what the “COMMUNITY” is all about!

    • GTIguy

      TL;DR. Bottom line is you shouldn’t be looking to Droid Life to learn how to turn on Wi-Fi. Look in the manual that came with your device or poke around on your device. If you can’t fugure out how to do that then get an iPhone because there is no hope for you with anything technical.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Good stuff :)

      Thanks for understanding what we’re doing here lol

      • Dain Laguna

        any time sir. given how many tech savvy folks we have on this site, im surprised how such a simple concept is so far beyond their understanding.