How to connect to your phone’s Wi-Fi from your computer
Connecting the Internet on your laptop and computer is very easy if you know a few nuances. At the moment, all smartphones support Wi-Fi. The phone is equipped with suitable drivers for this, all that remains is to select the necessary parameters in the settings.
Much will depend on the quality of connection. If the internet speed is high, then access to the World Wide Web will be much faster.
Tip:! You should ask your internet provider in advance about the conditions of the traffic. At best it is unlimited, but it is not always allowed to give out gigabytes. Often there is an additional charge for this.
The easiest way is to give out the Internet via Wi-Fi. To do this, just lower the top curtain, where there is a special icon. It can rarely be confused with anything else. It looks like waves (brackets) coming from a point and the signature at the bottom is WI-FI.
- Press the button and hold it down.
- You can designate your name and password, also the type of encryption, if required.
- If you wish, you can set a limit for sharing, so that you can automatically disconnect from the network, when it is exceeded. This is especially often used if there are traffic restrictions.
- So that the network is not connected to a large number of extraneous devices, it is recommended to set the maximum number of. It will be correct not to overload the network, for better Internet connection.
Need to know! In modem mode, the gadget uses up its battery charge faster.
Enter the password and configure
Most wireless networks require a password to connect. If it has not been installed, then everyone can connect. Here are the different ways to access the Internet wirelessly.
In the settings
Provide access to a wireless network can be through the settings of your smartphone. To do this, you will need to perform the following steps:
- Go to the settings by clicking on the icon with the image of a gear.
- Select the section that is dedicated to Wi-Fi.
- It is required to allow the work with Wi-Fi, activating the appropriate switch.
- Check the list of available wireless networks and choose the one you need by clicking on it.
- You will see a window for entering your password.
- Here you need to enter the security key for this network and click on the “Connect” button.
To check if the password is correct, it is convenient to tick the box “Show password”. If it is correct, the connection will be established.
In the control panel
Usually the user gets different notifications, using the barrier at the top of the screen. To view them, you need to open it by moving your finger from the top of the screen down. There will be settings widgets above the messages, one of which is for Wi-Fi.
In order to continue working, you should press the icon with a sector of a circle on it. Your phone stores the logins and passwords of the networks it once connected to. If one of them is present and the access key has not been changed, the smartphone will connect automatically. If you have not previously logged into this network, you need to set the necessary parameters through the phone settings.
Connection through notifications is actual in those cases when the user has already worked with the network, but the password has been changed in it. In this case a corresponding message appears telling the user to enter the security key. In order to enter it, it is necessary to tap on notification. As a result, the input box appears. If the correct combination is entered, access will be restored.
Connecting via WPS
Using the wireless network is necessary not only on those devices where it is possible to type the password, but also on those where it is not possible to do so. To do this, the developers have provided the ability to use the connection using WPS, which is available on various types of devices, including smartphones with Android.
To make connection via WPS possible, the permission should be installed in the router settings. To connect the smartphone, follow these steps:
- Open phone settings.
- Go to “Network and Internet. It can have different names on different versions of the operating system, but they will have a similar meaning.
- It is necessary to enter the subsection devoted to Wi-Fi and open “Settings.
- Next, you need to select “WPS connection”.
- It is necessary to press the WPS button on the router. This will give a signal, which will be received by the smartphone.
- Next, click on the “WPS Push” line. For this there will be a short period of time. If the user does not have time, you will need to press this button again.
Then you will be connected to the network.
If there is no button for WPS on the router, it is necessary to press on “WPS Pin Entry”. Then you’ll be prompted to enter the appropriate combination. Connection by pushing a button or using a pin-code is considered less secure compared to logging in with a password. If you don’t plan to use WPS, you need to disable it in the router settings.
Enter password and configure
Most home Wi-Fi networks are password-protected. To access the Internet, it must be entered. There are several ways to do this.
The method is suitable when connected from the standard “Settings” application. Once the user has searched for a network using the method described above, he must:
After that the connection will be established and data exchange will be possible.
To log on, click on the network from the list and then enter the password.
In the control panel
Another way to connect is via the Quick Access Toolbar, which is much more commonly referred to as the “curtain. Here the procedure is much simpler. You’ll need:
- Call the curtain by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom;
- press the Wi-Fi icon and hold it for a few seconds;
- in the list that opens, select the desired network and click on it;
- enter the password in the pop-up window that appears;
- click “OK”.
If the user has already been connected to the network, it is enough to click once on the appropriate symbol in the “curtain. The system is able to remember the password. So it will enter it automatically. However, in order to do this, you must put a checkmark in the “Remember the password” box the first time you enter it.
Through the notifications, connect to the network with which you have already had a connection, but whose password has been changed. This is also the method to use if the user did not tick the “Remember me” box before entering.
In such situations, the system finds the necessary Wi-Fi access point and shows a message in the notification messages about the necessity to enter a password for connection. To do this, you will need to perform the following actions:
- Open the notification menu by swiping from the top edge of the screen to the bottom;
- click on the necessary message;
- enter your password in the pop-up window that appears;
- press “OK”.
Connecting via WPS
WPS is a technology that allows you to connect to a router even if the user doesn’t know the password. Most of modern mobile devices support it. However, you must remember that such a connection is not characterized by security. the data transmitted over the network can easily be intercepted. Therefore you should not connect to someone else’s router this way. You can use this method for your own, if you forgot your password, and do not have time to clarify it with your provider.
WPS allows you to connect to a secure network.
To use a WPS connection, perform the following steps:
- run the standard settings application on Android;
- go to “Network and Internet;
- open the subsection “Wi-Fi”;
- Call the subsection menu;
- select the item “Settings”;
- Select “WPS-connection”;
- wait for the network search to complete;
- click on the desired.
To use WPS, you need to enable it on the router. Usually the device has a physical button with an appropriate signature. Before connecting it must be pressed. If this is not done, the smartphone simply will not see the signal that the router produces.
Errors in the connection
In fact, to connect to Wi-fi through the phone is very easy. Setting up also does not take much time, if you know the necessary parameters.
However, in some cases, problems arise. Let’s look at the most common.
The network is lost or the signal is too weak. It doesn’t pay to set up a network from a distance. For example, if the router is in the kitchen, you should not go to your room. The signal worsens if there are a lot of walls and foreign objects on the way.
Incorrectly entered key. Try another device to access the network. As a last resort, reset your router settings and set the configuration again.
If connecting via WEP encryption, make sure that you entered the data correctly both on the smartphone and in the router configuration. In case of mismatch, you won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
There can be a temporary failure. Unplug the router and turn off your smartphone. Do not touch the device for a minute. First turn on your router and then your phone.
Also try to access other resources, one particular site may not work.
How to connect WI-FI on your iOS phone
If you have an Apple phone, in order to connect WI-FI you need to open the settings and go to the WI-FI. Here you need to turn on the WI-FI wireless connection. Simply move the switch to the “On” position.
After enabling the WI-FI wireless connection, click on the WI-FI network to which you want to connect.
If the WI-FI network is not password-protected, you will be connected almost immediately. And a checkmark will appear next to the selected WI-FI network, signaling that you are connected to that network.
If the WI-FI network is secured, you will see a line in front of you to enter your password. Enter your WI-FI password and click on the “Connect” button.
Features of using WI-FI
You can connect free Wi-Fi on your phone at home without any problems, in most cases. But the security of the connection is often overlooked. In fact, taking precautions is never a waste of time:
- It is desirable to connect to the familiar trusted points in public places
- Use the secure https protocol;
- on Apple devices, configure the AirDrop function, disable file sharing;
- Connect your smartphone or laptop via VPN, it is quite simple and safe when using open access points.
Learning how to connect on your phone Wi-Fi and following simple safety rules is important for a comfortable use of a stable Internet connection.
How to configure Wi-Fi through your phone
For users who do not have a desktop or laptop, there is a method that allows you to configure a Wi-Fi-router using your smartphone. It is worth noting that the brand or operating system of the device does not matter, because all that is required is access to the Internet and a web browser.
To begin with you will need to open the browser and enter the address of your router in the search field. As a rule, there are individual data on routers of different firms. To work properly with the router you need a stable Internet speed. As for the wireless module, it has to be connected to the network during the configuration. After the IP-address is entered in the search line of the browser the user will see the router’s firmware with the windows for the settings.
Connecting your phone to a computer via Wi-Fi to transfer files
If you need to connect your phone to the PC via Wi-Fi and transfer some files without using wires, then the simplest and most reliable way of connection will be the FTP protocol.
FTP protocol or File Transfer Protocol is a specialized protocol for transferring files between computers. It is widely used for exchange of files in local networks and on the Internet. But thanks to its versatility, FTP can be used for a wide variety of tasks. In particular it can be applied for connection of the phone to the computer through Wi-Fi and file exchange between them.
In order to connect your phone to the computer via the FTP protocol you need to install an application “FTP-server” on your phone. The fact that for the transfer of files via FTP one of the computers should act as a FTP-server, and the other as a FTP-client. It will be more convenient, if the work of the server will be done exactly by phone. For this purpose it is necessary to install a special application. There are a large number of such applications in the Play Market app store. You can find them by searching for “ftp server”. For example we will use one of the most popular applications of this kind, which has the same name. “Ftp Server”. To use this method you need to download this application and install it on your phone.
You also need to make sure that your phone and computer are connected to the same local network. The phone must be connected to the network via Wi-Fi, and the computer can be connected both via Wi-Fi and cable.
If all is well with the network connection, launch the FTP server application and click on the power button for the server to start.
As a result you will see a message that FTP-server is running and is available at a certain address. In the screenshot below the address looks like ftp://192.168.1.10:2221, but in your case the address could be different.
You can use the address which the FTP server application gives you for connecting to the phone from your computer. For this purpose you should open “Windows Explorer” and enter FTP server address from the application in the address bar. If you are prompted for username and password, you can also see this information in the FTP-server application on the phone.
If everything was done correctly, the computer will connect to the FTP-server on the phone, and you will have access to all the folders on the phone. Now you can work with these folders just as if the phone was connected via cable. For example, you can delete and move files, you can copy files from your computer to your phone or back.
If you want, you can connect the FTP server to a Windows computer as a network drive. To do this open “My Computer” window, right-click on a free space and select “Add new item to network environment”.
Further we press button “Next” until you will see a field for entering the address. In the given field it is necessary to enter the address of FTP-server from the application and to save the settings by clicking the button “Next”.
After that a network folder will appear in the window “My computer”, which will point to the FTP-server on your cell phone. With this network folder you can at any time quickly connect to your phone and exchange files.
You can use not only FTP, but also other similar protocols to connect your phone to your computer in order to transfer files. For example, you can use http protocol and an application, which will run a web-server on your phone. But, this way will not be so easy and comfortable, because to connect and work with files you will have to use web-browser.
WI-FI Connection Manager. A real networking monster
WI-FI Connection Manager is not just a program to prioritize Wi-Fi networks. It is a whole “control center”. At your disposal are tools to diagnose network connection, Wi-Fi channel load graphs, manual or automatic Wi-Fi connection priority lists, Wi-Fi security type and much more. At the same time there is an interesting feature to “transfer priority” when a particular network changes its name, but the equipment remains the same, this “old new” network will be at the same place in the priority list, as it was originally.