is it possible to connect an iPod Touch to a WiFi network whose SSID is hidden? If so, how can this be achieved?

Regards, Christoph

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If the SSID is hidden, that means you don’t see the network’s name, so the only way to connect is by manually typing the SSID.

You have to select “Other” from the list of WiFi networks.

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  • +1 for the screenshot, and for beating me to it by 15 seconds.
    – cometbill
    Oct 18, 2010 at 9:06
  • @cometbill turns out I had the iPhone already connected and charging, that probably made the difference :) Oct 18, 2010 at 10:48

My wireless home network SSID is hidden, for obvious reasons, when I used my iPod Touch for the first time, I manually entered the SSID name and passcode, but I could not get connected. I have to go into my wireless router and enable SSID, that was the only way I could connect my iPod Touch. The problem is when I turn the iPod Touch off, and turn it back on, the iPod touch still won't see my SSID, after it's hidden again.

Ex: if my iPod Touch is connected and I hid my SSID, no problem. When I turn my ipod off and on again, that's when it won't connect because my SSID is hidden.


Go to Settings > WiFi > Other

Enter the SSID of the hidden network


Having the same issue but leaving the SSID visible seems to take care of that. The only real wireless security anyway is to have a MAC filter list so just go to settings on the IPOD and get it's MAC address to add to the filter list on your wireless router.

  • MAC filter lists actually add no security as MAC addresses are transmitted in plaintext even in WPA2.
    – 0942v8653
    Jun 6, 2014 at 18:48

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