To get the fastest internet connection from your iPhone, and to get the only kind of internet connection the iPod touch offers, you have to connect to Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a high-speed wireless networking connection that can be in your house, office, a coffee shop, or many other places.
Some Wi-Fi networks are private and password protected, some are public and available to anyone, either for free or a fee.
To access the Internet via iPhone Wi-Fi or iPod touch Wi-Fi, follow these steps.
- From the Homescreen, tap Settings.
- In Settings, tap Wi-Fi.
- Slide the slider to On (in iOS 1-6) or to green (in iOS 7 and higher) to start your device looking for Wi-Fi networks. In a few seconds, you will see a list of all available networks (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 it's a private network, you'll need a password. Tap the network 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 surfing the web. If not, 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.