Nokia Lumia 520: How to set up and manage WiFi on Windows Phone 8

nokia-lumia-520-wifi-setup-01It’s hard to believe the Nokia Lumia 520 is a budget Windows Phone 8 smartphone as it packs in a host of connectivity, making it easy to enjoy the fastest wireless network speeds wherever you go. Setting up and managing your WiFi networks on the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone is easy, here we show you how to.

If you’ve just bought a Nokia Lumia 520 then you’ll already know that while it costs less than £100 (inc. VAT), it offers the full Windows Phone 8 and Nokia Lumia experience. So, along with running Nokia Music, HERE Maps and HERE Drive you’ll also be able to get the latest updates and stay in touch via the built-in WiFi connection.

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To access WiFi networks on your Nokia Lumia 520, just swipe to the left on the Windows Phone Start screen and then swipe down and tap on Settings.


From there, you can then look down the list and tap on the option labelled WiFi. To activate the WiFi, or to switch it off when you’re in a region with no connectivity (so to save battery life), just swipe your finger across the WiFi Networking switch.

Once the WiFi has been switched on, you can then connect to a network. A list of all the available WiFi networks in the area will appear and all you need do is tap on the one you want to join.

If your WiFi network is secured, which it always should be to prevent unauthorised access, you will need to enter your network key. Using the Windows Phone onscreen keyboard, carefully enter the key, making sure to enter all characters in the correct case, where applicable.

Once you’ve got connected to your main home WiFi network, it will then be added to your Windows Phone’s list of Known Networks. This means your Nokia Lumia 520 will then automatically connect to it next time you’re in range, making it quick and easy to get connected when you’re back at home.

If you ever need to manage your list of Known Networks, say to add a new network or delete an existing connection, this is easy to do on your Nokia Lumia 520. If you’re already on the WiFi page then all you need do is tap the Advanced icon and you’ll see a list of all of your current networks listed.


Next, you can either tap the Add button to add a new network to the list, or you can tap the Select button, then tap the checkbox next to the network you want to remove and then tap the Delete button to clear it from your Known Networks list.

Making the most of the WiFo connection on your Nokia Lumia 520 is incredibly easy to do but it’s an essential tool to use. For example, we tend to turn WiFi off when we’re travelling to help save on battery life, so knowing how to switch it on and off is an essential tip.

Got any WiFi queries about your Nokia Lumia 520? Drop us a note below and hopefully we can help.

  • Helen 66

    Where is the dashboard please

  • Mikey_Bee

    tap and hold a link and it should copy to the clipboard which you can share with other apps.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Not something we’ve come across. Nokia Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1: What you need to know

  • Jack Rouse

    Just bought the Lumia 520 a few days ago. Since then, I’ve been unable to connect to my personal wifi. I keep getting the ‘incorrect password’ message. I know for a fact that I’ve entered the correct password each time. I see where this issue is affecting quite a lot of people. I’ve installed the update (connecting the phone to my laptop) but that did not fix the issue. I’ve also tried soft reset and almost every other ‘fix’ people have suggested. Why has Nokia let this issue go for so long – and still offer the phone for sale? If anyone knows a fix for this I’d really appreciate it

  • Mikey_Bee

    For security reasons we’re not sure this is possible. Unless anyone else knows how to do it?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Glad we could help

  • Val Billington

    Thank you

  • Mikey_Bee

    Go to Settings>WiFi and you can manage the WiFi Sense from there

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sorry, not something we’re aware of: How to get help and support for your
    Nokia Lumia:

  • Mikey_Bee

    If you don’t know the password then you can’t log on to those networks.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Go to Settings>WiFi>Manage – choose the WiFi you want to delete, tap and hold, choose delete from dialogue box. Hope that helps?

  • prakash

    how to forget the wifi network to which we r connected

  • Mikey_Bee

    Internet Sharing is a feature for using your Data Plan with others that will be why WiFi is switched off.

  • Jubran

    Why does wifi disconnect when I turn the internet sharing on? Can I fix this?

  • Mikey_Bee

    We’d suggest having someone local to you check it out, it’s not really something that can be analysed without seeing the problem. Sorry we can’t be more help.

  • Antonio

    I have a problem with my nokia. I dont know why but I cant connect my phone to a modem that is 6 meters far away. I have tried to connect with several routers, but the device cant stay connected if u just move from one room to another. There are any walls between the phone and the router, and other devices doesnt have this issue. No idea if theres a possibility to adjust my device wifi, or if it isnt working correctly and has to be checked by a professional.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sorry to hear this. It would be worth taking it to a Nokia Care centre and having one of the tech check it out.

  • Liz Young

    Thanks for this. I tried that last week but none of their suggestions worked. Their last suggestion was to take the back off and take the battery out. That didn’t work either. I’ll never buy another Nokia!!! You can never speak to a person.

    Sent from Surface

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like you need the Nokia Care people to take a look at it –

  • Liz Young

    Went into EE shop they deleted my known network and said to re-enter password when I get home. I did this and it keeps saying ‘your phone couldn’t connect because no response from the network. Nothing wrong with network as I’m using it now on Tablet.