How to connect to a Wi-Fi network using a BlackBerry smartphone

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Using your BlackBerry® smartphone to connect to a Wi-Fi® network is fast, easy and possibly cost-effective! When you connect to the Internet with a Wi-Fi network, you might avoid data charges that are associated with using your mobile network, and in many cases, the connection speed is faster.

Here’s some additional stuff to know when it comes to using Wi-Fi on your BlackBerry smartphone. To learn more about your BlackBerry smartphone, check out the user guide.

How to tell if you have a Wi-Fi network connection

When you use a Wi-Fi network connection on a BlackBerry smartphone, new icons will appear on the home screen that will help you identify if a successful Wi-Fi network connection was made. Using my BlackBerry smartphone, for example, I have a connection to the Rogers™ mobile network and the corporate Wi-Fi network. Notice the new icons that appear beneath the 3G Connection Indicator icons in the top right corner?

Wi-Fi connection

Here’s an overview of what these Wi-Fi specific icons mean:

Wi-Fi connection
This icon appears when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you can access BlackBerry services such as email messaging and Internet browsing over the Wi-Fi connection.

Wi-Fi connection
When this icon appears like this, your Wi-Fi connection is turned on, but you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network; or, you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, but you cannot access BlackBerry services such as email messaging and internet browsing over the Wi-Fi connection.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

Now that you are familiar with how to identify when you’ve made a successful Wi-Fi network connection, it’s time to connect to a Wi-Fi network!

1. On the home screen, select the connections area at the top of the screen (Figure 1), or select the Manage Connections icon (Figure 2). NOTE: The Manage Connections icon is the only option for those using BlackBerry device software 5.0 or earlier.

Wi-Fi connection

Figure 1

Wi-Fi connection

Figure 2

2. Select Wi-Fi Network.
3. If you want to connect to a public hotspot or to a Wi-Fi network that does not require authentication, select the “Show Open Networks Only” checkbox.
4. Select the Wi-Fi network that you want to connect to.
5. If the Wi-Fi network requires authentication, type the password for the network.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup

If your wireless router or wireless access point includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, you can quickly connect to a Wi-Fi network without entering a long password. To learn more about using Wi-Fi Protected Setup, check the user guide of your wireless router.

1. On the Home screen, select the connections area at the top of the screen, or select the Manage Connections icon.
2. Select “Set Up Wi-Fi” followed by “Other Ways to Connect”.
3. Select “Wi-Fi Protected Setup”.

  • To use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on your router or access point, select “Press Button on Router”. On your router or access point, press the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button. On your BlackBerry smartphone, select “Start”.
  • To use a PIN, click “Enter PIN into router”. On your smartphone, select “Start”. Your smartphone provides you with a PIN. On the administration screen for your router or access point, type the PIN.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network manually

If you know the name of the Wi-Fi network that you want to connect to, you can manually connect to the network.

1. On the Home screen, select the connections area at the top of the screen, or select the Manage Connections icon.
2. Select “Set Up Wi-Fi” followed by “Other Ways to Connect”.
3. Select “Manually Connect to Network”.
4. In the SSID field, type the name of the Wi-Fi network.
5. Click “Next”.
6. In the Security Type field, click the Wi-Fi network security type and specify any requested information.
7. Click “Save” and “Connect”.

Got a question about Wi-Fi on a BlackBerry smartphone? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  • Ruhban Ahmed

    How would I connect to a corporate Wi-Fi network using BlackBerry 10? LI’ve asked my IT technicians but they can’t connect my Z10 to the network because they don’t know how to add a specific IP Address. Could you show me how please?

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  • Raj

    I have a BlackBerry Z10 and have successfully connected to my wifi network but when I check he status in the settings menu it shows the connection rate to be 65 mbps. This would normally be ok but I have 100 mbps cable broadband. The speeds I am getting are routinely below 40 mbps, which is way below the 80+ mbps that my son gets on his iphone.

    What can I do to increase the connection rate so o can match the speeds my son gets.?

  • mandisa

    Wat is ssid that’s where I gt confused

  • Lurike

    How to set up wifi in blackberry to use the blackberry playbook through it!!!

  • http://networkusingblackberry.com Sanee Bch

    My own does not have single 3G onless I open it with 2G what will I do to benefit it just like the one who have the phone that required all the network assest.

  • bayo odubote

    As much as I like using my wi fi connector here in Nigerta,the probblem of connectn is another thing.Thanks.

  • http://N/A Ace Mlangeni

    Hi I’ve been trying so many times to connect my phone or use the WI-FI network but it won’t let me, it keeps saying session expired and if I try manualy its asking for a pin which I don’t have and don’t know. My handset is a blackberry Torch 9810. Please advise soon as I’m going crazy mad over this. Thanks.

  • snothile

    When I try following the same instruction that you just shown here my Wi-Fi still doesn’t wanna connect by the way I’m usin Blackberry70S on security Type the word Wi-Fi its not there on ny phone pls help which one to choose

  • Wiehan

    I have the Blackberry Curve 8520, is there any possible way that I can connect to a wi-fi network?, cos I don’t see any useful information for my smartphone in the above mentioned

  • david

    I could not able to to set blackberry services and blackberry network,I would like you to sent me the settings so that I could easliy enjoy my blackberry

  • Roland

    What can one use the WIFI network for if using a blackberry bold 4 smart phone

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    Will Z10 use both WiFi speeds?

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    It is very impresive!but it is not working.

  • http://blackberryinternet nkosi

    I don’t knw hw to connect wi-fi network

  • http://wifi mangaliso

    Please help me about giving me an example

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    Am using bb 8025-curve 2; how will I know the name of the wi fi network in the ssid field

  • shadow

    My blackberry keep say failed on my wifi

  • http://Google John

    How I can use gprs with blackbery. 9800 in
    Somalia the company of Golis GSM?
    How I can use wifi of blackbery 9800 area
    Further than me about 1000km?

  • ogunleye racheal

    I just followed the steps given in setting up a Wi-Fi connection but it keeps telling me “no networks found”. What could be the problem?

  • http://Wwwz.yahoomail.com Victor

    Please i want a solution to my blackberry problem, i removed my sim card from my blackberry, and put it in a nokia phone, then i later removed the sim from the nokia phone, and put it on my blackberry, since then, i blackberry stopped browsing, although i have a data plan on my blackberry, but its not browsing, and it is not showing the blackberry internet service ICON.

  • Charles

    My phone is replying NO NETWORKS FOUND

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