How to Connect to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network on an Android Phone

Hidden Wi-Fi networks are more secure because you need to know the SSID and password to connect to it. However, many users ignore the basic configuration to secure their network. The awful thing they do is they set a simple password to their network which others can guess easily but many people do know how to set an alphanumeric key to their Wi-Fi network. Using a hidden network can help because it doesn’t get detected on android phones until you use any third party apps. These third party apps will show these networks as “Hidden Network” and in Windows also you will get the same. Make sure you have configured your wireless network to not broadcast the SSID.

Connecting to Your Wi-Fi Network

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and Enable it (Your phone will start scanning all the available networks here).

  2. You will not be able to see your hidden network here but there is an option “Add a network” tap on it.
  3. In the Network Name text field enter your network’s SSID.
  4. Now select the security type and then enter your password.
  5. After that you will be able to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

If you have set a static IP address for you device then select advanced options from the bottom and then enter your IP address and DNS address here.

For all the phones these settings are common but the user interface can vary with device. In some of the custom android ROMs you can add DNS to your network but in most of them you have to use a VPN. In your router you can provide each of your device a specific/static IP address which can help you configure your network bandwidth properly. If you want to limit your Wi-Fi range, then some router does provide this option as “Transmission Power” which can be found at Wireless setting in the Router’s homepage. Some Wi-Fi extenders can also be configured to get your devices proper connectivity at certain areas. There are some smart routers which can help you connect with your other modems easily.