Most tablets can only connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi, so it’s essential that you know how to access and change the Wi-Fi settings on your tablet. In this article, we’ll take you step-by-step through the Wi-Fi connection process.

Note that instructions for some models may vary slightly from our guidelines because of small differences among interfaces and operating systems. If in doubt, access Settings, locate a Wi-Fi or wireless networks area, and select your wireless network.

Android Tablets

To access the Wi-Fi settings on a tablet that runs Android, you can either touch the Settings icon on the Home screen or open up the App screen and select Settings. Next, touch Wireless & Networks and select Wi-Fi. If your tablet runs Android 4.0 or above, you’ll also need to slide the Wi-Fi switch to the On position. Click Wi-Fi Settings and your tablet will then scan the area for available wireless networks. If you see a lock icon next to the name, you’ll need to know the security credentials to connect to it. To connect to a specific network, touch the network name, and if prompted, enter the password for the network.

You can also add a Wi-Fi network to your device’s list so that it will remember the credentials and automatically connect to the network when it’s in range. To do so, navigate to Wi-Fi Settings and select Add Network. Enter the network name, sometimes referred to as the SSID (Service Set Identifier), and select Save. If you want your tablet to stop automatically connecting to a network, open the Wi-Fi Settings screen, touch the network name, and select Forget from the dialog box.

iOS

With iOS, click the Settings app and select Wi-Fi. If Wi-Fi is turned off, touch the On/Off icon to switch it to the On position. Your iPad will then scan for available networks and display them under Choose A Network.

Touch the name of your preferred connection, and if it’s password-protected, enter the password. You’ll know if a Wi-Fi network is password-protected when a padlock icon appears next to the network’s name. When the iPad is connected, the Wi-Fi icon next to the network name will turn blue. In the Wi-Fi menu, you’ll be able to see the signal strength of the various networks.

Windows 8

Start by locating the network icon on the Windows 8 taskbar. Left-click the network icon, which will bring up a list of the available Wi-Fi networks, and you’ll be able to select your preferred Wi-Fi connection. A signal indicator will be displayed next to all the options, so you’ll be able to select the one that will provide the best quality. Once you select a network, you’ll see an option that allows you to use this connection automatically whenever its in range. Place a checkmark in the box only if you trust the network, i.e., if it’s your home or office location.

Click the Connect button and you’ll likely see a message asking you to provide the security key. Enter the authentication info and click Next. The last prompt will ask if you want to turn on device sharing with other computers on the network. Again, only select this option if you trust the Wi-Fi connection. You should now be connected to the Wi-Fi network.