Connecting to a hidden Wi-Fi network in Windows 10 is quite a complicated job. It looks simple but it needs precision to get the job done. In another version of Windows, simply clicking the Connect to a hidden network option and typing the SSID name with a password will bring up the list of available networks. But the case is different with Windows 10 because here it seems that the operating system is actually hiding the hidden wifi network that users can connect to. In other words, Windows 10 displays a list of hidden networks but no longer automatically connects to them.
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Methods to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network
Each Wi-Fi network has a specific name to identify it among others. When setting up a Wi-Fi network, one should choose not to broadcast the network name (SSID) to create a hidden Wi-Fi network which is called as a closed Wi-Fi network. It is not visible in the list of available networks.
Also, to prevent others from connecting to your wireless network, you need to create a hidden Wi-Fi network in Windows 10. But even your own computer cannot connect to this hidden wireless network.
But you should not be frustrated with the method mentioned here that will make you learn how to connect hidden wifi network in Windows 10.
Method 1- Using Network Settings
Step 1- Look for the Wi-Fi icon. You will find this in the right side corner of your desktop.
Step 2- Once you have clicked, open the Network Configuration clicking on it.
Step 3- In the Wi-Fi section, click on Hidden Network
Step 4- Then click Connect.
Step 5- Now enter the SSID name and click Next.
Step 6- Now enter the security key or password and again click Next.
Step 7- Wait a few minutes for the network to connect.
Once done, you have successfully connected the hidden wifi network on your Windows 10.
Method 2- Open Network and Sharing Center
If the above method does not bring you success, then you can go back to the next method mentioned here with the steps given below.
Step 1- Right click on the wireless network icon as done for the previous method.
Step 2- Then select the menu Open Network and Sharing Center .
Step 3- Click Set up a new connection or network option.
Step 4- Then select the option as connect manually to a wireless network. Now Click Next .
Step 5- Enter the security information for your network connection in the appropriate fields given. Finally Click Next .
Step 6- Check the Start this connection automatically checkbox if you want to connect your computer to this wifi network hidden automatically .
Step 7- Check the Connect even if the network is not broadcasting option checkbox.
Step 8- Click Next and finally click Close
Step 9 – Windows 10 will now notify you that it has been successfully added to the wireless network .
The next time you open the PC, it will connect automatically to this hidden network.