“Wi-Fi” is a term used to describe a wireless Internet network that runs throughout your home, place of business or even in a lot of public areas like restaurants and shops. Though in the past Wi-Fi was used mainly for desktop or laptop computer access, in recent years the use of wireless technology to connect mobile devices to the Web has surged. This is especially true for Apple’s line of personal data electronics like the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Though they are three separate devices, as they all run on the same operating system the process of connecting each one to a Wi-Fi network is identical.
Turn on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. If your device has been completely powered off, press and hold the “Home” button until the Apple device powers on. If your device is just on standby, press either the “Home” button on the front or the “Power” button on the top. Both buttons will reveal your “Lock” screen.
Slide your finger across the “Lock” screen (from left to right) to unlock your Apple device and reveal the “Home” menu.
Locate the “Settings” application icon. By default, this icon will be on your first page of icons regardless of the device you are using. If you have changed the location of the icon, scroll to its current page or open its current folder. Tap on the icon one time to launch the application.
Locate and select the option labeled “Wi-Fi” on your Apple device’s menu screen. This menu option will be on the left side of the screen. Your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch’s screen will fill with settings dedicated to your device’s wireless networking capabilities.
Make sure your device’s Wi-Fi settings are “On.” If they are disabled, the word “Off” will be at the top of the screen. Tap once on this option to turn the settings back to “On.” A listing of all the nearby wireless networks will fill the majority of your device’s screen.
Tap the name of the network you want your device to connect to. Your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone will automatically connect to the network if it is unsecured. If your network has security settings then you will have to enter the password. Tap once inside the password box to make your device’s virtual keyboard appear. Use the keyboard to enter the network’s password. Your device will now connect to the network, and you can use all of the Internet-ready features on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone.
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