In Windows 10, it’s easy to view available wireless networks on your PC. All you need to do is click on the network icon, which will open the network drop-down menu with all available Wi-Fi networks nearby. But this is not the case in Windows 11.
In Windows 11, clicking the network or wireless icon will bring up the Quick Settings side menu. So you may be interested in how to view available wireless networks in Windows 11.
There are three ways to view Wi-Fi networks available in Windows 11. You can use the Quick Settings or Settings application to view Wi-Fi networks.
1. View networks from the desktop
2. View networks via Settings
3. View Networks via Command Prompt / PowerShell
Method 1 of 3
View available wireless networks from desktop in Windows 11
Step 1: Click the Network/Volume/Battery icon in the notification area of the taskbar to open the Quick Settings side menu. Alternatively, you can also use the Windows logo + a keyboard shortcut to open Quick Settings in Windows 11.
Note that you cannot specifically click on the network icon. However, you can click the network/volume/battery icon anywhere to display the Quick Settings drop-down menu.
Step 2: In the Quick Settings side menu, click the right arrow icon next to the Wi-Fi icon to see the available Wi-Fi networks. Click on a network entry to see the Connect button.
As you can see in the image above, the amount of radio waves in the icon next to a network name indicates the strength of the signal. The drop-down menu also shows whether or not an available network is password protected. Please note that we do not recommend connecting to open or unsecured wireless networks.
Also note that the side menu may not show wireless networks if Wi-Fi is turned off. So if Wi-Fi is turned off, you’ll see the message “Wi-Fi is turned off” instead. To turn on Wi-Fi, move the toggle button in the top right corner to the On position.
Method 2 of 3
Use Settings to view available Wi-Fi networks in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app. You can use search or use the Windows keyboard shortcut + I to open the Settings app.
Step 2: In the left pane of Settings, click Network & Internet. Now click on Wi-Fi on the right side to go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi page.
Step 3: Here, click View Available Networks to see all available wireless networks, including the Wi-Fi network your PC is currently connected to.
Method 3 of 3
Use Command Prompt or PowerShell to view available networks in Windows 11
Most users may not need this, but document the Command Prompt form for reference only.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell using search.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt or PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command and then press Enter to see the available networks.
netsh wlan show networks:
As you can see, in addition to the SSID (network name), the Command Prompt or PowerShell shows the authentication type and encryption type for all networks.