You’ll probably want to connect to Wi-Fi when you require a wireless internet connection on your Windows 11 PC. Here are two methods for doing so, as well as how to troubleshoot if something goes wrong.
Check to see if your device has a physical Wi-Fi switch or button that turns Wi-Fi on or off. You’ll need to check the device’s literature to see if it has such a switch.
How to Use Quick Settings to Connect to Wi-Fi
Using the Quick Settings menu in Windows 11 is the simplest way to connect to Wi-Fi.
- To begin, go to the far right corner of the Windows taskbar and click the Quick Settings button. It’s a secret button that sits between the Wi-Fi and volume controls.
- A menu called Quick Settings will appear. To begin, make sure Wi-Fi is turned on by clicking the left part of the Wi-Fi button, which features radiating waves. Wi-Fi is activated when it is brightly lighted (rather than grey). Then, on the right half of the Wi-Fi button, click the arrow.
- A list of available Wi-Fi networks will appear. Select the one you want to connect with.
- The network’s entry will grow, and a “Connect” button will appear. Place a checkmark in the box beside “Connect Automatically” if you want Windows to connect to this network automatically in the future. Click “Connect” once you’ve made your decision.
- If the Wi-Fi access point is password-protected, a text box labeled “Enter the network security key” will appear. Click “Next” after entering the password for the Wi-Fi network.
- As Windows joins to the Wi-Fi network, you’ll receive a “Verifying and Connecting” notice. You’ll get a “Connected” notice after you’re connected. Close the Quick Settings menu by clicking anywhere outside of it, and you’re ready to utilize the network.
How to Use the Settings App to Connect to Wi-Fi
If you’d rather connect to Wi-Fi through the Settings app in Windows 11,
- Hit Windows+i on your keyboard to open Settings. You can also select “Settings” by right-clicking the Start button.
- When the Settings app opens, go to the sidebar and pick “Network & Internet,” then “Wi-Fi.”
- Toggle the switch beside “Wi-Fi” to “On” under Wi-Fi. After that, click to expand the “Show Available Networks” section, then choose the name of the network you want to connect to from the list.
- Click “Next” after selecting the Wi-Fi network name and entering the security key (password) if necessary.
- You’ll be able to connect to the network if you input the right password. Click the “Disconnect” button directly below the network’s name in the list to disconnect later.
Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Connections
- Make sure your password is correct.
- Check to see if your Wi-Fi hardware is turned on
- if your connection requires a login page.