How to join a WiFi network on Windows 11

Windows 11 has a lot of user interface changes. One major change that has been made is that when you click on the WiFi icon in the system tray, it no longer opens a panel showing nearby connections. This means the way you join a new WiFi network on Windows 11 has changed.

How to join a WiFi network on Windows 11

The list of nearby WiFi networks is a little more difficult to access on Windows 11 but once you know where to find the list of available connections, you just have to enter the corresponding password. 

Join WiFi network on Windows 11

To join a WiFi network in Windows 11;

  1. Open the Settings app with the keyboard shortcut Win+I.
  2. Go to Network and Internet.
  3. Select WiFi.
  4. Expand Show Available Networks.
  5. In the list of available networks, click Connect on the network you want to connect to.
  6. Enter the password to connect to the network.
How to join a WiFi network on Windows 11

Join a hidden network

Hidden networks will not appear in the list of available networks. Connecting to a hidden network is a different process.

  1. Open the Settings app with the keyboard shortcut Win+I.
  2. Go to Network and Internet.
  3. Go to Wi-Fi.
  4. Select Manage known networks.
  5. Click Add Network.
  6. Enter the name (SSID) of the network you want to connect to.
  7. Select the security type.
  8. Enter the network password.
  9. If you plan to connect to this network every day, enable the “Connect automatically” option.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click Connect next to the hidden network.
How to join a WiFi network on Windows 11

Delete Wi-Fi network

If you want to remove a WiFi network that your system continues to connect to, you must also do so from the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app with the keyboard shortcut Win+I.
  2. Go to Network and Internet.
  3. Select WiFi.
  4. Click Manage known networks.
  5. Click the Forget button next to a network you want to forget.
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How to join a WiFi network on Windows 11

Conclusion

Windows 11 has a nice new user interface. Most of the changes aren’t bad, and even though the OS is still in beta, it looks clean. Changes to system tray panels are likely to become a pain point for some users. Panels allowed users to change basic settings without having to open the Settings app and navigate through various tabs and menus. Now that that’s gone and the Settings app is undergoing major changes in Windows 11, it will be harder to find essential settings. If nothing, it adds an unnecessary learning curve to using the new operating system.

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