Tutorial: Connecting your tablet or phone to WiFi

wifi_tutorialHappy New Year to all the readers of Androids4Seniors. How are your resolutions going so far? Mine this year is to not forget that tasks that are simple for me are not so for many seniors with little experience with computers.

One basic and very important task we need to do is to connect our device to WiFi. Sometimes a family member may have done this for you so that connecting to your own WiFi modem or router happens automatically every time. But what about when you visit a friend or a relative who may not know how to do this or you have to replace a faulty modem? Where we live we often have lightning strikes that ‘take out’ a modem and the WiFi password set by the manufacturer is different with every one. I’ll try and ‘de-mystify’ the process for you and explain it in plain english.

There are two things you need to know before you start – the name of the WiFi connection (called the ‘SSID’, but knowing that geeky acronym isn’t important) and the WiFi password. The first one is usually easy to work out if you don’t know – more on that later. But you must know the second one to be able to connect. Usually, the password associated with the modem is printed on a sticker on the unit itself – just turn it over and note this down or the supplier may have provided a card with the password on it. The name of the default connection or SSID will usually be written there as well.

Now you have the password, turn on the WiFi in settings on your phone or tablet (if it isn’t already turned on) – go to Settings – WiFi. If the device is brand new and has never been connected before, all you should see in the WiFi area is your modem connection name. If your neighbours have WiFi connections turned on – and these days it isn’t unusual to see 5 or more – you may also see theirs. However – provided you are close to your modem, yours will be the one with the strongest signal.

Next, tap on the name of your connection and carefully enter the password – I always tick the box below the password area first that says ‘Show password’ as this means you can easily spot any mistakes. Then tap the ‘Connect’ button and – if you have the correct password – the connection should now show ‘Connected’. Note that the WiFi list will show any connections you have joined previously – they are all saved for you so that the next time you say, visit a relative’s house, your phone or tablet will automatically connect for you. Pretty nifty eh?

I hope that helps – drop a comment below if you are having problems with WiFi connections.



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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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