How to Connect to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network in Windows Phone 8

Did you know that you can use your Windows Phone 8 smartphone to connect to hidden wireless networks, just like any PC with Windows? It can be done and it is not that hard, even though the steps involved are not very obvious at first. Here's how it works:

What you should know about hidden Wi-Fi networks

There are a few things that you should consider when you work with hidden network on Windows Phone 8 devices:

  • The name (SSID) of a hidden Wi-Fi network is not broadcasted. This means the network is not found when using your Windows Phone to search for available wireless networks. Also, you won't receive any notifications about hidden networks, even if they are in range.
  • To connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network you must know its name and password.
  • Connecting to a hidden network will drain your phone's battery faster than connecting to normal wireless networks. This is because your phone doesn't know when a hidden network is in range. Therefore, it has to regularly scan for known hidden networks and try to connect to them as if they were in range, even when they are not.

How to connect to a hidden wireless network

Start by opening your smartphone's Settings. Then, go to the WiFi section.

Scroll to the bottom and tap the advanced button.

On the bottom menu, tap add.

The Add Network wizard is opened. Write the name (SSID) of the hidden network and tap add.

If a network with the name you provided isn't found in your area, you will receive a message telling you the network couldn't be reached.

Otherwise, on the next screen, you will have to enter a valid password for the hidden network. Then, tap done.

If the password was wrong, you will be asked to re-enter it.

If the network name and password you entered are correct, you are taken back to the WiFi screen. Here you can see that Windows Phone is connected to the newly added network.


As you can see, the steps involved for connecting to a hidden wireless network, in Windows Phone 8, are not that complicated. I hope you found this guide useful and that you will spend some more time on our website, reading the articles recommended below.