How to Connect to WiFi on Windows 11

WiFi is a wireless technology allowing devices to connect to the internet without cables. There are various ways you can connect to WiFi on Windows 11. Note that if the WiFi you’re connecting to is password protected, you will first need to know the password to connect.

Using the Taskbar

  1. Click the network icon on the taskbar.

    Click the network icon on the taskbar.
    Click the network icon.
  2. Next to the WiFi symbol, click the right arrow button.

    Click the right arrow button.
    Click the right arrow button.
  3. In the list of networks, choose the network you want to connect to and click it. A small drop-down menu will appear. Click Connect.

    Click Connect.
    Click Connect.
  4. If you want to connect to this network in the future automatically, check the box next to Connect automatically.

    Check the box next to Connect automatically.
    Check the box next to Connect automatically.
  5. If required, type the network password in the “Enter the network security key field and click Next. Your computer will now connect to the network.

    Enter the network security key.
    Enter the network security key.

Using Settings

  1. Click the Start button, then press the Settings icon.

    Open the Settings app.
    Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Network & internet > Wi-Fi.

    Go to Network & internet > Wi-Fi.
    Network & internet > Wi-Fi.
  3. Click Manage known networks.

    Click Manage known networks.
    Click Manage known networks.
  4. Click the Add network button.

    Click the Add network button.
    Click Add network.
  5. A pop-up window appears. In the Network name section, type the name of your network. In the Security type section, select the WiFi security type used by your network – for home WiFi, this is typically WPA2-Personal. After choosing the security type, the Security key field will appear. In this field, type the network password.

    Fill the network information.
    Fill in the network information.
  6. You can configure two optional settings: Connect automatically and Connect even if the network is not broadcasting. Choose whether you want to use these features, then click Save.

    Click Save.
    Click Save.

Using Control Panel

  1. Type “control panel” into the search field, then click the Control Panel app in the search results.

    Open the Control Panel.
    Open Control Panel.
  2. Under Network and Internet, click the View network status and tasks link.

    Click View network status and tasks.
    Click View network status and tasks.
  3. Click Set up a new connection or network.

    Click the Set up a new connection or network link.
    Click the Set up a new connection or network link.
  4. A pop-up window appears. Click Manually connect to a wireless network, then click Next.

    Click the Manually connect to a wireless network option, then click Next.
    Click Manually connect to a wireless network, then click Next.
  5. Fill out the necessary information for your network. In the Network name field, type the name of your network. In the Security type section, select the WiFi security type used by your network, usually WPA2-Personal, and type the network password in the Security key field.

    Fill out the necessary information for your network.
    Fill out the necessary information for your network.
  6. Click Next, then Close.

    Click Close.
    Click Close.

Using Command Prompt

  1. Type “command prompt” into the search field. Right-click the Command Prompt app in the search results and select Run as administrator.

    Right-click the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
    Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type the following command into the Command Prompt window and press Enter.
    netsh wlan show profile
    Enter the command.
    Enter the command.

    This command will list all the WiFi networks that your computer has saved.

  3. To connect to one of these networks, type the following command and press Enter.
    netsh wlan connect name=(WIFI name) SSID=(SSID Name)

    Replace “(WIFI name)” and “(SSID Name)” with the name and SSID of your network, respectively. Your computer will now connect to the network.

    Enter the command.
    Enter the command.

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