Make Your iPad Ask to Join Wi-Fi Networks

  Matt Cone       February 19, 2013      Tutorials iPad Network


By default, your iPad automatically connects to known wi-fi networks. (To stop an iPad from automatically connecting, you can tell your iPad to forget a wi-fi network.) But what happens if you take your iPad to a new location? You’ll need to manually connect your iPad to a wi-fi network.

That’s a hassle. But if you have the foresight and inclination, you can save yourself time in the future by making your iPad ask to join wi-fi networks when no known networks are available. Instead of having to open settings to join a network, you’ll be able to easily select a network from an on-screen prompt.

Here’s how to make your iPad ask to join wi-fi networks:

  1. From the home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi. The window shown below appears.

    iPad wireless network settings

  3. Move the Ask to Join Networks slider to the On position.

  4. The next time you’re in a location with no known networks, your iPad will prompt you to connect to an available wi-fi network, as shown below.

    iPad prompt to connect to Wi-Fi

In the future, this prompt will be displayed when no known networks are available. (To actually see the prompt, you’ll need to do something that requires network access, like try to check your email or open a webpage.) To connect to a wi-fi network, select a network and enter a password, if one is required.

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