How to connect to a Wi-Fi Network using a BlackBerry 10 smartphone

HOW-TO / 02.01.13 / tywill1

A Wi-Fi network connection is another way to get data services on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, but unlike using the mobile network, using Wi-Fi doesn’t add charges to your carrier data plan. Your BlackBerry 10 smartphone is designed to first use saved Wi-Fi networks before it tries to use the mobile network for basic data functions, such as using the Internet or downloading apps. You can leave Wi-Fi on so that as soon as you’re in range of a saved Wi-Fi network, your smartphone will connect to it automatically; but remember that if you leave Wi-Fi on all the time, your battery may drain faster.

To help you get started, here’s some useful information that can help you connect and manage Wi-Fi networks on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Connecting to Wi-Fi networks

  1. On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Wi-Fi
  2. If the Wi-Fi switch is Off, set it to On
  3. When the listing appears, tap on the network you would like to connect to
  4. Depending on the Wi-Fi network, if the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) screen appears, complete one the following steps:
    • If you have access to the Wi-Fi router and it uses WPS, tap Press WPS Button on Router or Enter PIN into Router and follow the instructions. If you do not know which option, contact the person who manages the Wi-Fi network or review your Wi-Fi router user guide for assistance.
    • If you don’t have access to the Wi-Fi router or it doesn’t use Wi-Fi Protected Setup, tap Don’t use WPS.
  5. If necessary, enter the username and/or password for the Wi-Fi network
  6. Tap Connect.

Manually connecting to a Wi-Fi network

If you want to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi network or if you are having trouble connecting to a Wi-Fi network, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Wi-Fi followed by tapping Add
  3. In the SSID field, enter the name of the network
  4. Select the network’s security type and specify any additional information
  5. Tap Connect.

Editing and Deleting Saved Wi-Fi networks

If you need to change settings for a Wi-Fi network you’ve previously connected to, or tidy up your saved Wi-Fi networks, complete the following steps.

  1. On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Wi-Fi and verify it’s turned On
  3. Tap on Saved, then tap on the network you would like to modify
    • To edit the network details, make any required changes, hide the keyboard and tap Back.
    • To delete the saved Wi-Fi network entry, hide the keyboard and tap Delete.

Tip: To hide the keyboard, swipe down from the top of the keyboard using two fingers or hold the spacebar.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

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