How to Find SSID on iPhone

SSID stands for Service Set Identifier and is the term for a wireless network name. To find SSIDs of nearby WiFi networks on your iPhone, you can open the Settings app and go to WiFi.

Hi, I’m Devansh. Due to traveling a lot, I’m highly reliant on WiFi to keep me connected. I need to look up the SSIDs of nearby networks quite often.

In this article, I’ll show you how to find the SSIDs of networks on your iPhone. I’ll also show you how to change the SSID of your iPhone hotspot and answer a few common questions.

If you want to find the SSIDs of nearby WiFi networks on your iPhone, keep reading!

Steps to Find SSIDs on iPhone

As noted above, SSID is a technical term for a network name. A router or network device sends it out so that any nearby users can easily find and connect to it with their devices.

Most manufacturers use their brand name followed by a series of letters and numbers as the default SSID. You also might have added a unique and personalized SSID when setting up your router.

To view the SSIDs, your iPhone is currently detecting, open the Settings app and tap on WiFi. On this page, you’ll see the SSIDs of all available networks. Known, unknown, and public WiFi networks will be divided into sections.

If you’d like to connect to a WiFi network, but it’s not visible on this page, it’s possible that its SSID broadcast may have been disabled. Tap on Other…, enter its name (SSID), specify its security type, and enter its password. If you join the network successfully, there’ll be a blue checkmark next to its name.

If you followed the above steps but still have trouble connecting to the network, follow the steps listed on this Support page.

Now, what if you want to change the SSID of your iPhone hotspot? To do that, you’ll need to change your iPhone name by visiting the General page in Settings. Check out this article for more info.


Here are some common questions related to finding SSIDs on your iPhone.

How to Check the WiFi Address of Your iPhone?

Open Settings, go to General, About, and scroll down to view your iPhone’s Wi-Fi Address. To maintain your data privacy, iOS allows you to give your iPhone a unique private address when joining a WiFi network. To enable this feature, go to WiFi, tap on the WiFi network you’re currently connected to, and toggle on Private Address.

How to Find SSID on macOS?

To view available WiFi networks on your iMac or MacBook, go to the status menu in the top-right corner of the screen and click on the WiFi icon. The network you are connected to currently will have a highlighted blue WiFi icon next to it. If you want to join a hidden network that has disabled SSID broadcast, click Other Networks, Other…, type in the name of the network (SSID), enter security details, and click Join.


SSID is the technical term for a network name. It mainly serves the purpose of differentiating a trusted network from other networks. To view nearby networks on your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on WiFi!

Do you have any questions related to iPhone WiFi and connectivity features? Feel free to let me know your questions in the comments!

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