When you enable Wi-Fi on the iPad, in-range networks broadcasting a network name will be listed on the Wi-Fi Settings screen. Simply tap a network name to connect to the wireless network. However, if a network router’s SSID broadcasting feature is disabled, you must manually establish a connection between the iPad and the wireless network. To configure a manual connection to a hidden network, you will need to know the exact network name (SSID), as well as the security type and passphrase, if security is configured on the network.

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPad home screen to launch the Settings app.

Step 2

Tap the “Wi-Fi” tab to open the Wi-Fi Settings menu.

Step 3

Slide the “Wi-Fi” toggle switch to “On” to turn on Wi-Fi. Available broadcasting networks are listed below the Wi-Fi field.

Step 4

Tap the “Other” option in the Choose a Network section. The Other Network screen displays.

Step 5

Type the SSID of the hidden network in the Network Name field.

Step 6

Tap the “Security” option, and then tap the type of security enabled on the hidden network. Choices are “WEP,” “WPA,” “WPA2,” “WPA Enterprise” and “WPA2 Enterprise.” A check mark appears next to the chosen security type.

Step 7

Type the passphrase for the hidden network in the Password field.

Step 8

Tap the “Join” option. The iPad connects to the hidden Wi-Fi network, and the Wi-Fi symbol displays in the status bar.


  • Information provided in this article applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0 and higher. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other models of the iPhone or other versions of iOS.


  • To connect to a network that is not hidden, simply tap the network’s SSID in the Wi-Fi Networks list. If the network is secured, a password prompt displays. Type the password, and then tap “Join.”