How to Connect to a Hidden Wi-Fi Network on Windows 11



This post guides students and new users on joining hidden WiFi networks using Windows 11. Hidden networks require a known SSID and password for access. Windows 11’s centralized System Settings allows for easy connection. By navigating to WiFi settings and entering the appropriate details, users can successfully connect to hidden WiFi networks.

This post shows students and new users steps to join or connect to a hidden WiFi network using Windows 11.

When a WiFi network is hidden, you can’t simply scan and find it. It will not show up on the available Network on your WiFi settings pane. You must know the full SSID and type it correctly before you’re allowed to join or connect to it.

Learning how to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on Windows can be beneficial in various scenarios. Some organizations or businesses may hide their Wi-Fi network for security reasons, and knowing how to connect to it can allow you to access the Network and its resources.

Additionally, if you are trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network in a crowded area, such as a coffee shop or airport, knowing how to connect to a hidden network can help you avoid connecting to the wrong Network and potentially compromising your device’s security.

Overall, knowing how to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on Windows can be useful in certain situations.

To connect to a hidden WiFi network, follow the steps below.

How to connect to hidden WiFi networks

As mentioned above, some WiFi networks are hidden from view for security reasons. You must know the full WiFi name (SSID) and password to connect to such networks.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & Internet, and select WiFi on the right pane of your screen, as shown in the image below.

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On the click on WiFi settings pane, click on Manage known networks as shown in the image below.

Click the New Network button on the Manage Known Networks settings pane to add the new network settings pop-up.

Then, type in the network details using the guide:

  • Type the hidden WiFi SSID in the Network name field. The SSID is the name of the WiFi. It should be typed exactly.
  • Select the Security type from the drop-down list. You can get that from the network administrator if you’re not sure.
  • Enter the password to your hidden Network in the Security key field.
  • Check the checkboxes corresponding to both the Connect automatically and Connect even if this Network is not broadcasting options.

Once saved, assuming you typed all the information correctly, you should then connect to the WiFi network.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to connect or join a hidden network using Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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