How To Set Up And Manage Wi-Fi Networks On iPhone X

One of the most important features that you need to set up the moment you get a hold of your new Apple iPhone X handset is Wi-Fi. With Wi-Fi enabled, you can go online and surf the web anytime and anywhere you want for as long as you have your new iPhone with you. You can set up Wi-Fi on your iPhone X during the initial setup process or after.

This guide will help you get started. If you’re here because you need help in setting up Wi-Fi along with other relevant options on your iPhone X, then this post is for you. Just keep reading to learn more.

Setting Up Wi-Fi during Initial Setup

Start by turning your iPhone X on. When you see the Hello screen, follow the steps below in order to get started.

Step 1: On the setup wizard, select your language then tap your country or region. Be sure to enter the correct information because this affects how information looks on your device like the date, time, contacts, and the like.

Step 2: If you have another iOS device running iOS 11 platform, then you can use it to set up your new iPhone X automatically with Quick Start. To do so, just bring the two devices close together then follow the steps to use Quick Start below:

  1. Wait for the Quick Start screen to appear on your current device and gives you the option to use your Apple ID to set up your new iPhone X then tap Continue.
  2. When you see the animation screen on your iPhone X, hold your other device over your new iPhone then center the animation in the viewfinder.
  3. Wait until you see the message that says Finish on New [iPhone X]. If you cannot use your current device’s camera, tap the option to Authenticate Manually then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions.
    1. If prompted, enter your current device’s passcode on the new device (iPhone X) that you are setting up.
  4. Set up Touch ID or Face ID on your new iPhone X.
  5. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password on your new iPhone. If you have several devices, you might as well have to enter their passcodes.
  6. If prompted to select options on your iPhone X to restore apps, data, and settings from your most recent iCloud backup or update your current device’s backup then restore, select a backup you prefer to use.
  7. Then select whether to transfer location settings like privacy, Apple Pay and Siri.

Keep your two devices close to each other until all your information, settings, and passwords are transferred completely. Also make sure that your devices are connected to Wi-Fi and have ample power to complete the setup process.

Manage Wi-Fi networks and settings

Wi-Fi networks need to be managed and re-configured from time to time or when needed. Refer to the following walkthroughs on how and what needs to be done to keep your wireless network settings properly set up and configured.

How to enable Wi-Fi on your iPhone X?

After turning Wi-Fi on, you can start scanning for available Wi-Fi networks and then connect to the network you prefer. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the Wi-Fi switch to enable the feature.
  4. Set up or select the wireless network you want to use.
  5. All available Wi-Fi networks within range of your iPhone X will be shown after enabling Wi-Fi. Tap to select the network you want to connect to. If the network you want to join is not in the list, make sure it is enabled and within range.
  6. If prompted, enter the network password then tap Join.
  7. You will know when you are connected to the Wi-Fi network if you see a check before the selected network’s name.

Now try to see if you can connect. To test your Wi-Fi connectivity, open a browser app (e.g. Safari) then navigate to a website. If you are able to access the website, then you’re good to go online with your new iPhone.

How to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network on your iPhone X?

Secure networks are password-protected. You will know if the Wi-Fi network is secured if you see a padlock icon by the network name. Here’s how to connect to a secure wireless network on your new iPhone:

  1. Tap Settings from Home.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi. Make sure Wi-Fi is enabled.
  3. Tap the name of a secure Wi-Fi network you want to join.
  4. Enter the correct password for the network then tap Join.
  5. If you cannot join, the password you’ve entered is likely incorrect. Re-enter the correct password then try to join again. If you don’t know the password, contact the network administrator for further assistance.

If you have successfully joined, you will see a checkmark next to the network name and the Wi-Fi beam icon appears on the upper-left side of your screen.

How to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on your iPhone X?

You may opt to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on your iPhone X. As the name implies, hidden networks will not show up in your list of available networks. Having said that, you will need to know the exact name of the network (SSID) in order to connect to it. Here’s how it works:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi. Make sure Wi-Fi is enabled.
  3. Scroll to and then tap Other.
  4. Enter the exact name of the network then tap Security.
  5. Select the security type. Not all hidden networks are secured. Contact the network administrator for more details and instructions.
  6. Tap Other Network.
  7. Enter the network password in the Password field.
  8. Then tap Join.

You’ll know when you have successfully joined the network if you see the checkmark next to the network and the Wi-Fi beam icon appears on the  upper left side of your screen.

How to turn Wi-Fi off from your iPhone X?

If you find the need to turn Wi-Fi off like when you need to save up some power, then you can access the Control Center to tap the Wi-Fi switch off.

  1. To open the Control Center on your iPhone X, slide your finger up from the bottom of the Home screen.
  2. Then tap the Wi-Fi icon to turn it off or on.

In this case, you’ll need to toggle the switch OFF to disable Wi-Fi on your iPhone X.

How to delete or forget Wi-Fi network on your iPhone X?

If things go wrong with your Wi-Fi connections, forgetting wireless networks on your iPhone X might be necessary. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the information (i) icon next to the Wi-Fi network you want to delete or forget.
  4. Tap Forget This Network.
  5. Restart your iPhone if necessary.

The selected network will then be removed from the list. It’s one way of rectifying any glitches on the current network which might have caused wireless connectivity issues on your iPhone X. You can re-add or set up the network again afterwards. Then reconnect.

How to disconnect from Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone X using Control Center?

The Control Center offers quick access to your iPhone’s key controls including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can access and make necessary adjustments to any of these controls or icons by launching the Control Center on your iPhone X. The following steps portray how to disconnect Wi-Fi networks from the control center:

  1. Open the Control Center by swiping your finger up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Wi-Fi Online icon (Wi-Fi icon in a blue circle). The icon will dim and your device will disconnect from any network that you’re connected to.
  3. When Wi-Fi is disabled, the auto-join option for any nearby Wi-Fi networks will also be disabled. To enable auto-join for nearby Wi-Fi networks, you need to turn Wi-Fi back on, connect to your preferred Wi-Fi network, then restart your iPhone.

And that covers everything in this guide. Check out our Troubleshooting Page to view other tutorial topics on iPhone X. Keep posted for more relevant walkthroughs to be posted soon on this site. If you need help with Wi-Fi issues on your new iPhone X, then let us know so we can assist you further.

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