How to See Hidden Wifi Networks on Android

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Do you ever wonder if there are hidden WiFi networks around you that you can’t see on your Android device? These hidden networks can be useful in certain situations, such as when you want to connect to a network that is not publicly broadcasted. In this article, we will guide you on how to see hidden WiFi networks on your Android device.

Method 1: Using the Settings Menu

If you want to see hidden WiFi networks on your Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device. You can usually find it in the app drawer or by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon.
  2. Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Wi-Fi.
  3. Step 3: Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

    This will open a dropdown menu.

  4. Step 4: Tap on “Advanced”.
  5. Step 5: Scroll down and look for an option called “Scan for nearby Wi-Fi networks”. Make sure this option is enabled.
  6. Step 6: Now, go back to the main Wi-Fi settings screen by tapping the back arrow icon at the top-left corner of the screen.
  7. Step 7: Your Android device will now scan for all available WiFi networks, including hidden ones. Wait for a few seconds until the scan is complete.

You should now be able to see a list of all the WiFi networks, including the hidden ones. The hidden networks will be displayed with their SSID (network name) and signal strength, just like the visible networks.

Method 2: Using a Third-Party App

If you prefer a more user-friendly approach or if your Android device doesn’t have the option to scan for hidden WiFi networks in the Settings menu, you can use a third-party app from the Google Play Store. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Step 2: Search for an app called “WiFi Analyzer”. There are several apps available with similar names, so make sure to choose one with good reviews and high ratings.
  3. Step 3: Install and open the WiFi Analyzer app.
  4. Step 4: Grant any necessary permissions that the app requires to function properly.
  5. Step 5: Once you open the app, it will automatically start scanning for nearby WiFi networks, including hidden ones. The hidden networks will be displayed along with their SSID, signal strength, and other relevant information.

This method allows you to see hidden WiFi networks in a more visually engaging way, with graphs and detailed information about each network. You can even sort and filter the networks based on different criteria.


Please keep in mind that attempting to connect to someone else’s hidden WiFi network without proper authorization is illegal and unethical. Always respect others’ privacy and only connect to WiFi networks that you have permission to access.

Now that you know how to see hidden WiFi networks on your Android device, you can easily find and connect to networks that are not publicly broadcasted. Whether you use the built-in settings menu or a third-party app, always remember to use this knowledge responsibly and ethically.

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