This post shows students and new users the steps to join or connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks when using Windows 11. When a Wi-Fi network is hidden, you cannot just scan and find it. It will not appear in the available network on your WiFi setup page. You must know the full SSID and spell it correctly before you can join or connect to it.

For security reasons, some networks are hidden from view. Although this is not a secure way to protect the network, some companies still configure their Wi-Fi this way. When you encounter such a setting when using Windows 11, the steps below show you how to connect to it.

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

How to connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks

As mentioned above, some WiFi networks are hidden from view for security reasons. When you want to connect to such networks, you must know the full Wi-Fi name (SSID) and password in order to join.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Network and Internetand select Wifi on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

Windows 11 select the wifi connection from the list

Clicking Wifi configuration panel, click Manage known networks as shown in the picture below.

Windows 11 manages known networks

In the Manage Known Network Settings panel, click the New network to bring up the new network settings pop-up window.

Windows 11 adds a hidden network popup

Then enter the network details using the guide:

  • Write hidden Wi-Fi SSID at Network name countryside. The SSID is the name of the Wi-Fi. It must be spelled exactly.
  • Select the Security type from the drop-down list. You can get it from your network administrator if you are not sure.
  • Enter the password to his hidden network in the Security key countryside.
  • Check the checkboxes for both Connect automatically and Connect even if this network is not transmitting options.

Once saved, assuming you have entered all the information correctly, you should connect to the Wi-Fi network.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to connect or join a hidden network using Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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