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How to connect to WiFi on iPad

Connect to WiFi on your iPad with one of these methods

Updated: Apr 21, 2023 3:15 pm
How to connect to WiFi on iPad

Today we’re going to show you how to connect to WiFi on iPad.

Connecting the iPad to WiFi is not a tedious task at all. There are no complicated steps or going out of the way methods to connect to the WiFi on your iPad. There are multiple reasons why you would want to connect your iPad to a WiFi connection such as for apps like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., or make phone calls through Facetime or Skype, and also to send/receive emails.

There are just two methods with which you can connect your iPad to WiFi and both methods are very easy to follow and apply.

How to connect to WiFi on iPad

Let’s take a walkthrough of a couple of methods you can try to connect to WiFi on an iPad. We will give you a step-by-step guide to both of these methods.

Adding a WiFi network

If you have missed setting up a WiFi connection when setting up your iPad then you can try the following method to connect your iPad with a WiFi connection.



iPad home screen

Go to the home screen of your iPad.

apple ipad home screen




Tap the Settings app on your home screen.



WiFi settings

Tap on the WiFi option to view WiFi settings.



Turn on WiFi

Toggle on the WiFi switch.



Search for WiFi connection

Search for the preferred WiFi connection you want to pair with, under ‘Choose a network’



Enter password if required

If the WiFi is open then your iPad will connect automatically.

But if the network is protected with a password (this is shown by the padlock icon next to the network name) then you’ll be prompted to enter a password in the dialog box. Enter the password and connect your iPad to that network.

ipad settings wifi enter password

If you are traveling to a new place or you are in a different location then slide down the home screen, long press the WiFi symbol, and select the WiFi network from your surroundings to connect your iPad to a WiFi connection. Use the above steps if required.

Manually connecting to a WiFi network or connecting to a closed network

This step is required to connect your iPad to a secured private network. As the network you are trying to connect to is a private network, it won’t show up on the normal WiFi list. You will have to manually enter the network and password for it. Let’s take a look at the steps.

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Tap on the WiFi option.
  4. Toggle on the WiFi switch. If already on then leave it as it is.
  5. Select “Others” from the bottom of the wireless networks. 
  6. Type the name of the network in the dialog box.
  7. Select the appropriate security option from the list. The list includes WEP, WPA, WPA2/WPA3, WPA3, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, and WPA3 Enterprise. 
  8. Go to the password and enter the correct password for that closed network.
  9. Tap on “Join”. 

How to connect to WiFi on iPad FAQs

Why is my iPad not connecting to a closed network?

The reason your iPad might not be connecting to a closed network is that you might have typed in the wrong network connection or the wrong password in the dialog box.

You may not have the right network either. Make sure that you have the exact name of the closed network and the correct password before entering the details in the dialog box.

Why can’t I connect to a WiFi network?

There can be numerous reasons why your iPad might not be connecting to a WiFi network. You may have entered the wrong password for that network or may not have one for a preferred connection. There might also be a case where the profile you once connected with regularly might have ceased to exist. The network settings might also have changed on your iPad, which may also be one of the reasons.

If you cannot connect to a profile you once regularly connected with, you can try to fix this by selecting the “forget the network” option, then try reconnecting with it.

How to connect to WiFi on iPad : Final word

Now you know how to connect to WiFi on iPad, you don’t have to be left with many worries about gaining internet access. We’ve put together a ton of tablet guides and how-tos to help you with a number of other queries for your iPad, or any other kind of tablet.

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