How to Use Wi-Fi on a Mobile

by Michelle Enos

Many cell phones, such as the iPhone, now come with Wi-Fi capabilities. This means that you can use your home Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi in a public location to access the Internet on your mobile phone, usually at no charge.

First, find the Mobile Internet option on your phone. On my Samsung Solstice, there is an icon located in the Widget bar right on the front of my screen. For other phones, you may have to access the menu and look for "Mobile Web" or "Mobile Internet" on the Menu or in the Applications section.

Your phone may access the Internet automatically--if so, you're all set! If not, find the option to select a wireless network.

Your mobile phone may prompt you to enter a password for the network. If you are using your own Wi-Fi at your home, enter your own password. If you are in a public location such as a cafe, you may have to request the password from a staff member or use a different network.


  • check Many people protect their wireless Internet with a password to prevent anyone from accessing their network. Keep in mind wireless connections are often abundant, especially in populated areas, but if you are trying to connect to someone else's Internet, you may not be able to without getting their password.


  • close As with your computer, be cautious in accessing a public wireless network with your mobile phone. Information shared across that network could result in something unwanted, such as a virus, accessing your phone.

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About the Author

Michelle Enos has been freelance writing since 2010. She is especially interested in writing about photography, music, health and environmental issues. Enos is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of New Hampshire.

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