Daily Tips: How to connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network

New to iPhone and curious how to connect to a Wi-Fi network? Wi-Fi is faster than 3G and if you're on a tiered plan it's a great way to avoid wasting your precious data. This may seem simple for those of us who have had our iPhones for a while but if you haven't done it before, stay with us after the break to find out how to use Wi-Fi!

Here's how to connect to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone or iPod touch. (It's also similar on iPad though the Settings app looks a little different.)

  1. Launch Settings and make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
  2. Check the available networks that appear under: Choose a Network.
  3. Tap network you would like to join.
  4. Enter the network password. If it's especially complicated, email it to your iPhone and cut and paste it in.

Bonus tip: If you're at Starbucks, the airport, or somewhere else that has free or paid Wi-Fi, a page may slide up asking you for an account login or to agree to their terms of service. Just fill this in the same way you'd log in via the web on a laptop. If you're not sure what the Wi-Fi password is, ask an employee or the administrator.

I hope this has helped out those new to smartphones!

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Daily Tips: How to connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network


Just wondering, is there any app that let you turn you on/off your wifi?with out going to the settings?

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Using free wifi can be hazardus for your info being stolen.
Setting up a VPN connection would be an option.
But how does this work and how to set up?

a vpn works like this: your traffic is tunneled to a vpn server or router and this is encrypted from end to end.
example i use free wifi, i work at a company. when i use the wifi i establish a vpn to my company and all my traffic is routed to that router
the other day a friend got a package from here http://strongvpn.com/ (the ipsec one works best i see for him)

Thanks for the tip.
So basicslly i need to get a paid service to get me secured.
I didn't know it was this complicated.

Somewhat related to connecting to a wifi network(I've searched the web and haven't been able to find a solid fix), my home network seems to have issues getting internet to my iPad. No problems finding and connecting to the wifi, but just not actually getting internet connectivity. I've found that by "renewing the lease" in settings will give me connectivity for a few minutes, but then it just reverts back. Anybody have any idea's how to fix this?

Wow you guys here at fanboy land have nothing to talk about huh?
No iPhone 5?? awww. FAIL!

www.vpnsecure.me has PPTP accounts that work really well with the iPhone they have locations in 30 countries so there is always a server close by, i use it alot when travelling overseas etc. Love it.

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