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.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Follow the steps above for setting up WiFi.You’ll need to use something like Tether-X : for WiFi Sharing. Hope that helps?



  • Mikey_Bee

    Best bet would be to have a word with the IT dept at your college as they’ll be able to show you the correct protocol for hooking up.

  • surendiran

    I am using lumia 520 my college not connect in wifi because my college put IP address and edit DNS connect wifi how to solve this problem help me

  • Mikey_Bee

    Best to check with Nokia Discussions for help with this one, as that sounds like one they’ll know the answer to

  • Jacob

    Pls, how can I set WiFi wap2 settings using Lumia 520

  • Mikey_Bee

    For a range of reasons WiFi can be cut off. We often find that switching the WiFi off and on again clear the bug and all is fine. Hope this helps?

  • mathildar

    My Lumia can’t connect wi-fi?is the something wrong
    with it?

  • Mikey_Bee

    This is not currently enabled in WP as far as we’re aware.

  • Rana Arora


  • Mikey_Bee

    Have you tried switching the phone off and on again? That often gives the WiFi the bump it needs.

  • emma hutchinson

    i used to be on wifi in my home and now i cant get it at home but can get it anywere else

  • Mikey_Bee

    Have you tried switching your phone off and back on again? Sounds like a crash that a reboot will solve?

  • charly Hewlett

    My wifi is stuck on bein on, its all a gray colour and i cant switch it of so now don’t think its even workin as it won’t find new wifi connections to connect to. Please help charly Hewlett

  • Mikey_Bee

    Let us know how you get on, we can then share the information with others!

  • Charlie Thomas

    Thanks for the information..

  • Mikey_Bee

    This sounds like one for the guys

  • Mikey_Bee

    Not that we’re aware of. The guys over at Nokia Discussions may be able to help

  • Charlie Thomas

    Is it possible to manually configure wifi facility in the nokia lumia 520. If Yes, How?

  • lovejoy

    hi i have a nokia lumia 520 and have managed to setup wifi on it but my office wifi requires proxy authentication for one to connect to the internet. If i go to internet explorer and try to open a web page, it does not request for my username and password that is required by our proxy. Where are those settings found on nokia lumia 520?

  • alex

    Mine charges me for wifi even though its turned off?

  • Mikey_Bee

    All WIFi connections will appear in the settings, if you need specific logons details then best to contact the network manager at your University

  • Ali

    how can i connect 802.1x WEP WiFi for universities

  • Mikey_Bee

    Many updates are sent via WiFi and any apps over 50MB will need a WiFi connection to download so it helps if you have one

  • Mikey_Bee

    Try Nokia Discussions, they should be able to help:

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like one for the guys over at Nokia Discussions, they should be able to help:

  • Ashish

    I recently bought lumia 625. Have trouble using wifi connectivity. WiFi gets connected but cannot access internet? Please advise!

  • Greg

    I have the same problem, but not fixed yet! I checked in the advanced settings but it doesn’t help. My phone doesn’t reconnect automatically to my wifi. It is in the known networks.

  • daniel

    Why does my phone take over the main wi-fi

  • daniel

    When I leave the house an come back my phone will steal from the main computer.. How can you reset the ip address

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like a minor bug. Have you rebooted the phone? That will often iron out small bugs in the OS

  • nathan

    I turned my WiFi off on my phone to save battery life and now it wont let me turn it back on

  • Mikey_Bee

    Potentially too many variables to give a straight answer. If you’ve switched WiFi on on the Lumia then it will automatically find your router, as long as it’s not hidden.

  • achréf

    i cant find any wifi with my lumia in my house while my galaxy can !! i just bought my lumia 520 today and i need to connect to internet .. what should i do ??? is the problem from the phone or the laptop wifi config ?? heeeeelp !!

  • Rahil

    Hey i bought a nokia lumia 520 a month ago..initially i was able to connect but a few days agro i am not able to connect to my home wifi network with my fone it says connection unsucessfull..other wifi networks are easily getting connected and even other fones are getting connected to my home wifi network..i googled this problem and found out dat huge number of users are facing dis problem..please help ..kindly find a solution asap..even

  • Mikey_Bee

    That’s great news, really glad to hear it :)

  • Andrew

    Well, oddly enough and pleasingly I now do not need to enter the network code each time :-) Result!

  • Mikey_Bee

    If it’s setup then it should appear in the Known Networks and connect as normal. Sounds like a software bug

  • Andrew

    Yes of course. There is no option to ‘remember password’ or some such. Or am I missing something?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Have you checked the Advanced features?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Have you checked the Advanced settings?

  • BIill

    my wifi is not working i typed in the password several time but it still says passwords incorrect or cannot connect to wifi what do i do ?