How to Join a Hidden Wi-Fi on Windows 11?

Joining a Wi-Fi network on Windows 11 is possible using the Quick Settings buttons. But what if a Wi-Fi network is hidden and you want to connect to that? You can’t simply scan to find and join it. It will not appear on the available networks on your Wi-Fi settings pane. To join a hidden network, you must know the full SSID, and then you need to type it properly before you’re allowed to join it.

For security reasons, network administrators make some networks connection hidden from view. A Wi-Fi network may be hidden in your area, but you can connect to that if you know the credentials. In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on connecting to hidden Wi-Fi on Windows 11.

How to Join a Hidden Wi-Fi on Windows 11?

To connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network on Windows 11, execute the following steps:-

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. When Windows Settings opens, select Network & internet category from the left sidebar.

Step 3. On the right side pane, click the Wi-Fi  tab.

Step 4. Ensure Wi-Fi is turned on and then choose Show available networks from the available options.

Step 5. On the “Manage known networks” settings pane, click the New network button to bring up the “Add a new network” pop-up window.

Step 6. In the “Add a new network” window, fill/select the details of the hidden network.

  • Network Name: You need to type in the hidden Wi-Fi SSID in this field. The SSID is the name of the Wi-Fi that you need to type exactly.
  • Security type: Select the Security type from the drop-down menu. You can contact the network administrator if you’re not sure.
  • Security key: Depending upon the connection type, you need to enter the security key/Wi-Fi password that you can get from the network administrator.

Finally, select the corresponding checkboxes “Connect automatically” and “Connect even if this network is not broadcasting.”

When configuring the hidden network, finally click the Save button to connect to that Wi-Fi network.

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