How to connect to Wi-Fi on Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft has changed things around a little, and it isn’t always obvious how to connect your device to Wi-Fi. Here, we’ll show you how to connect your Windows 10 laptop, tablet or PC to a wireless network.

Before you can connect to Wi-Fi you will need a few details: the name of the wireless network (typically printed on a label on the router) and the password (again, usually found on the router). If you’re using a PC, make sure it is fitted with a Wi-Fi adaptor: many PCs don’t have Wi-Fi and have to connect to a router using a network cable or, if it’s too far away, by using powerline adaptors.

See also: How to access your router to change Wi-Fi and other settings

How to connect to Wi-Fi on Windows 10: In brief

  • Press the Windows key and A to bring up the Action Centre (or swipe in from the right on a touchscreen)
  • Click or tap on the Wi-Fi icon if it’s grey to enable Wi-Fi
  • Right-click (or long press) and choose ‘Go to Settings’
  • Choose your Wi-Fi network from the list and tap on it
  • Enter the password and wait for the connection to establish

How to connect to Wi-Fi on Windows 10: In detail

Usually, you will see a Wi-Fi icon near the clock in the taskbar which runs along the bottom of your screen. Clicking or tapping on this should display a list of the available Wi-Fi networks.

If the icon is missing, press Windows-A to open the new Action Centre where you should find it at the bottom. If you still don’t see it, click the ‘Expand’ button to show more icons.

How to connect to Wi-Fi on Windows 10 - Action Centre

Once you’ve done that, or entered the password, you will see a message ‘Verifying and connecting’ and – assuming the password is correct – a ‘Connected’ message.

You can then check you have internet access by launching a web browser and visiting your favourite website. That’s, right?

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