How to connect your Chromebook to a Wi-Fi network, whether you've joined it before or need to enter it manually

Konstantin Savusia/ShutterstockYou can connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi in just a few steps, and it should automatically connect if you’ve joined that network before.


A computer without Wi-Fi can be a massive hindrance to getting work done, especially if you have a Chromebook and haven’t set up Google Docs offline.

But getting connected to Wi-Fi is easy – you just have to know where to go to activate it and connect to your local network. Here’s how to get it done.

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How to connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi

Before you can connect to Wi-Fi, you’ll have to enable it. Here’s how to do it:

1. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, click into the area with the Wi-Fi symbol (if it isn’t enabled, you’ll see an outline without an available signal inside).

2. Click “Not connected” – you’ll see the Wi-Fi button turn on and it will automatically search for local networks.

Devon Delfino/Business InsiderClick on ‘Not connected’ to search for Wi-Fi networks.

3. If you’ve already established a local Wi-Fi connection, it should automatically connect. Otherwise, select one from the available list and enter the password, or click the Wi-Fi button with the plus sign (next to the place where you would toggle the Wi-Fi on or off) to join another network.

Devon Delfino/Business InsiderClick on the Wi-Fi icon with a plus sign if you don’t see your network.

4. Enter the SSID of the network you want to join, then enter the password, if necessary.

How to connect Chromebook to WiFi   3Devon Delfino/Business InsiderEnter the SSID and password for the network.

If you’re having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi, you may need to restart your Chromebook, or think about getting a new router if your connection is weak. Google Wi-Fi offers one of the best connections for a standard home, and will go perfectly with your Chromebook.

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