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This article is not about hacking into a hidden WiFi network, but accessing a WiFi network which is hidden and the user is authenticated to use the network.
Every WiFi network comes with a network name or SSID (Service Set Identifier). A network name is essential for every WiFi to identify itself from a collection of available WiFi networks. It is also provided with a password for security reasons and protection. This happens only rarely. If there are multiple networks in a location with the same WiFi name, password is your only insurance to make sure only authenticated users can access the network.
However, in some cases WiFi networks prefer to disable their name being broadcasted on a network. This is to provide a layer of protection from unauthenticated users from accessing or even try hacking the network. This is not a complete fool proof plan as the network can still be accessed if you have the right information. iPhone and iPad are capable of accessing these hidden networks if you have the right authentication.
- Open Settings
- Tap WiFi
- Tap Other in the list of nearby networks
- Type the network name inside the Name box
- Tap Security. Then tap the security used for the hidden WiFi networks such as None, WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA Enterprise or WPA2 Enterprise
- Tap Other Network
- Type the password for the WiFi network
- Tap Join
You should now be connected to the hidden network.