How to Use Wi-Fi on an iPhone Internationally


When you take your iPhone with you while traveling internationally, you may want to use it to connect to the Internet to browse websites, use email or make free FaceTime video calls. The iPhone, which has a touchscreen display and two built-in cameras, connects to the Internet over cellular data networks or via Wi-Fi. You can use Wi-Fi anywhere in the world with your iPhone as long as you are in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • Press the iPhone's "Home" button to go to the main screen.

  • Look at the iPhone's menu bar. If you see an icon of an airplane, that means "Airplane Mode" is activated, which prevents the iPhone from connecting to the Internet over Wi-Fi.

  • Tap "Settings" on the main screen. Tap the "Airplane Mode" option to "Off" if you see the airplane icon in the menu bar.

  • Tap the on/off "Cellular Data" option to "Off" if you want the iPhone to only use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. Otherwise, if you are not in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, the iPhone will attempt to use a cellular data network when you use an Internet application such as Mail or the Safari Web browser.

  • Tap the on/off Wi-Fi option to "On." Tap "Wi-Fi" to access Wi-Fi settings, and then tap the "Ask to Join Networks" option to "On" to set the iPhone to look for Wi-Fi networks automatically. The iPhone remembers Wi-Fi networks after you join them, and will connect to whichever one has the strongest signal when you are in a location with multiple Wi-Fi hotspots. When you are out of range of any Wi-Fi hotspots to which you've previously connected, the iPhone will search for new ones.

  • Type a password if prompted when connecting to a new Wi-Fi network that requires you to log in.

  • Press the iPhone's "Home" button to go to the main screen. Tap the icon of an app that uses the Internet, such as "Mail," "Safari" or "FaceTime."

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