Just because a Wi-Fi network is not broadcasting its name doesn’t mean you can’t connect to it. Here, we’ll show you a couple of ways to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on Windows 10.
Any security expert will tell you hiding your Wi-Fi network’s name doesn’t really offer security. You should go other routes if you’re looking to keep your home network secure. As you’re about to find out, connecting to a hidden network is fairly straightforward.
In both methods below, you’ll need the name and the password of the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. So keep these details handy and then follow either method.
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Connect to Hidden Wi-Fi in the Windows 10 Taskbar
A quick way to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on Windows 10 is by using the network icon on the Windows taskbar.
To use this method, find the network icon (a globe icon) on your Windows taskbar and click it.
In the menu that opens after clicking the network icon, select “Hidden Network.”
From the expanded “Hidden Network” section, choose “Connect” to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network.
The “Hidden Network” section will ask you to enter your hidden Wi-Fi network’s name. Click the text field in the section and type that name. Then hit “Next.”
If your specified Wi-Fi network is password-protected, click the text field in the “Hidden Network” section and type the password. Then click “Next.”
The “Hidden Network” section will now ask if you’d like to make your PC discoverable on your hidden Wi-Fi network. You’ll see that Microsoft recommends you click “Yes” if you are on a home network. If you are on a public network (like cafes), click the “No” option.
And you’re all set. Your PC is now connected to the specified hidden Wi-Fi network.
Connect to Hidden Wi-Fi Using Windows 10 Settings
Another way to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network is by using the Settings app. With this app, you can save your Wi-Fi network’s details, and your PC will then automatically connect to it.
To start, open the Settings app on your PC. Do this by pressing Windows+i keys at the same time.
On the Settings window, click “Network & Internet.”
On the Network & Internet screen that opens, from the sidebar to the left, select “Wi-Fi.”
To the right of the “Wi-Fi” page, select the “Manage Known Networks” option.
The Manage Known Networks page displays your saved Wi-Fi networks. Here, at the top, click the “Add a New Network” option to add your hidden Wi-Fi network to the list.
Windows 10 will open an “Add a New Network” window.
On this window, click the “Network Name” field and type your Wi-Fi network’s name (SSID.) Click the “Security Type” drop-down menu and choose an option. If you are not sure what to choose, select “WPA2-Personal AES” which should work for most networks.
Then click the “Security Key” field and type your network’s password. Enable both “Connect Automatically” and “Connect Even If This Network is Not Broadcasting” options.
Finally, at the bottom of the window, click “Save” to save your network details.
And your Windows 10 PC will connect to your specified Wi-Fi network!
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