Last Updated: July 25, 2014
To get the fastest internet connection for your iPhone, and to get the your iPod touch online in the only way that it's able, you have to connect to Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a high-speed wireless networking connection that is commonly found in your house, office, coffee shop, restaurants, and many other places.
Some Wi-Fi networks are private and password protected (your home or office network, for instance), while some are public and available to anyone, either for free or a fee.
To access the Internet via Wi-Fi on iPhone or iPod touch, follow these steps.
Time Required: Less than a minute
- From the Homescreen, tap the Settings app.
- In Settings, tap Wi-Fi.
- Slide the slider to On (in iOS 6 and earlier) or to green (in iOS 7 and higher) to turn on Wi-Fi and start your device looking for available networks. In a few seconds, you will see a list of all available networks under the Choose a Network heading (if you don't see the list, there may not be any within range).
There are two kinds of networks: public and private. Private networks have a lock icon next to them. Public don't. The bars next to each network name indicate the strength of the connection – the more bars, the faster connection you'll get.
To join a public network, just tap the network's name and you'll join it.
- If you want to join a private network, you'll need a password. Tap the network's name and you'll be prompted for a password. Enter it and tap the Join button. If your password is correct, you'll join the network and be ready to use the Internet. If your password doesn't work, you can try entering it again (assuming you know it, of course).
- More advanced users can click the arrow at the right of the network name to enter more specific settings, but the everyday user won't need this.
- If you're running iOS 7 or higher, use Control Center for one-touch ability to turn Wi-Fi on and off. Access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
Control Center won't let you choose the network you want to connect to; rather, it will automatically connect you to networks your device already knows, so it can be great for quick connection at work or at home.