Friday, July 20, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 - Connecting to hidden SSID

For security reason, we hide our WIFI SSID so that other people had a tougher time to find it.

The usual step to connect a hidden SSID is

1. Broadcast the WIFI SSID
2. Let the device scan for WIFI and find the desire SSID
3. Select the discovered SSID, configure the setting and connect to it
4. Go to router admin and hide the SSID

For some reason, Samsung Galaxy S3 won't work this way. If you set up your WIFI setting with auto scanning, it will only work with broadcast SSID. This is true even if you only hide your SSID after you had setup your WIFI with auto scanning.

So, to use hidden SSID with Samsung Galaxy S3, do the following

1. Go to your router admin and hide the SSID
2. On WIFI for Samsung Galaxy S3
3. Remove/forget any WIFI setting that has the same SSID of your hidden one
4. At your WIFI network setting, scroll to the bottom and click on Add Network
5. Type in your hidden SSID and configure security. After all is done, save the setting.

After the above setting, you will see your Samsung Galaxy S3 connect to your hidden SSID

12 comments:

  1. amazing tip to Broadcast WIFI SSID in Galaxy S3

    it is enable in other android mobile phones?

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  2. From my past experience, I do the following on my S2

    1. Broadcast the WIFI SSID
    2. Let the device scan for WIFI and find the desire SSID
    3. Select the discovered SSID, configure the setting and connect to it
    4. Go to router admin and hide the SSID

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    1. I've known that fix for years, but it wouldn't work on my Note 3.

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  3. Im inspired with the exceptional and instructive contents that you provide in such short timing.

    how to root samsung galaxy S 3

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  4. Followed hidden SSID instructions. Didn't work by saving. But did work by hitting Connect. Unfortunately, it only works one time. After disconnect (wifi off), it will not reconnect to hidden SSID.

    If I follow the unhide, configure, then hide process (which I've used many times on many laptops and my old Blackberry), it connects. But, as soon as the SSID is hidden, it won't connect again.

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  5. thx thompson it works , same process for Ipads

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  6. My Galaxy S3 was recognizing my hidden SSID unitll yesterday and then suddenly stopped. I tried the above process and it did not work. It only will recognize it when it is not hidden. What could have happened

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    1. You may want to try a different SSID in this case. Then, switch back when it work

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  7. This is the only fix that worked on my Note 3, including various Android apps from the Google Play Store.

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  8. I recently realized that too.. Note 3 need the same procedure to recognize hidden SSID..

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  9. Even though this post is almost 2 years old, I used it to solve the same problem with a new Galaxy S4. Thanks Thompson Ng!

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  10. Oh.. Good to know an old thread is working for new devices. Cheers

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