How to Connect Android Phone to Wi-Fi? (EAP Method)

If you want to connect your Android phone to your school or university wi-Fi, the chances are you will see the EAP method. Don’t let this confuse you. It is practically a security measure used to authenticate your device before it lets it connect to the Wi-Fi network

In this article, we are going to explain what EAP is and how to connect your Android phone to a Wi-Fi secured with EAP Method.

How to Connect Android Phone to Wi-Fi

What is EAP?

EAP stands for Extensible Authentication Protocol. It is practically an authentication framework that is being used in many different network technologies, both wired and wireless. It is used to authenticate devices before they are granted permission to use the internet connection and access other network services.

EAP Explained

How Does the EAP Process Work?

To help you understand the EAP process and the way it works, we will try to explain the process of EAP authentication in simple steps.

  1. By clicking on the network name the user wants to join, a request to access the network is sent. This request goes to an AP.
  1. The AP asks the user to provide identification data, and then sends the data to an authentication server.
  1. The server then asks the AP whether the identification data is valid.
  1. The AP gets the verification from the user and sends it to the authentication server.
  1. The user connects to the wireless network.

Let’s Connect an Android Phone to a Secured Wi-Fi Using EAP Method

IMPORTANT: Depending on the Android version, some steps may be a bit different, but most of the steps will be the same for every phone.

If you want to access a secured Wi-Fi network using EAP, follow these steps.

  1. Unlock your Android phone and make sure Wi-Fi is enabled. If it isn’t, activate it and then continue to the next step.
  1. You can now long-press the Wi-Fi icon until the Wi-Fi settings open.
  1. Tap on the secured connection. Sometimes it will be named “eduroam” (most college networks) or something else (corporate networks).
  1. A new window will open and you will see the EAP method at the top.

EAP method

  1. Now fill out the following fields as follows:

From the drop-down list under EAP Method choose PEAP.

For Phase 2 authentication, choose MSCHAPV2.

Leave the CA certificate to be Unspecified. You can also select System defaults or None if Unspecified isn’t available.

In the Identity field, enter your username

Don’t write anything in the Anonymous Identity field.

Type the network password in the Password field.

  1. When you are done completing and selecting everything, click on Connect. Your Android phone should connect to the wireless network, and it should connect automatically the next time you are in range.

NOTE: In most cases, your Android phone won’t ask you to enter the domain, but if it does, you must have the right domain name and password. It’s usually your college’s web address.

How to Connect to a College Wi-Fi Using an Android Phone (EAP Method)

Android Phone Won’t Connect to Eduroam – What to Do?

If you can’t connect to the Wi-Fi network using your Android phone try the following solutions.

Restart Your Android Phone

In most cases, restarting your Android phone will be the simplest solution. You can press the Power button and when Reboot appears on the screen select it. The phone will shut down and then turn on again. Give it some time to boot completely, and try to connect to the wireless network again.

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If you can remove the phone’s battery, do that and put it back after one minute. Turn on the phone and try to connect again.

Turn Wi-Fi On and Off

Unlock your Android phone and swipe down from the top of the screen and click on the Settings icon. Now tap on Connections, then on Wi-Fi, and disable Wi-Fi for a few seconds. Then enable it and try to connect again.

Clear the Security Certificates

Removing the security certificates is another thing you should try if you can’t connect to the wireless network. 

  1. Unlock your Android phone and tap on the Settings icon. 
  1. Tap on Biometrics and Security.
  1. Scroll down to the end and click on Other security settings.
  1. Scroll all the way down to Clear credentials
  1. Tap on OK.
  1. If asked to enter your PIN code, enter it and click on Done. You should see a notification saying “Credential storage cleared”.

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  1. Try to connect your Android phone again to the secured Wi-Fi network, and see whether this fixes the problem.

Contact Support

If you have tried the solutions given above, and you still can’t connect to the Wi-Fi network, it is recommended to get in touch with support. 

The contact information can be found on the official school or university website, so either ask someone to find the contact information for you or use your cellular connection temporarily until you find the contact info. 

Final Words

Connecting your Android phone to Wi-Fi secured with the EAP method isn’t that complicated if you have the right info. If you are not sure, you need to get in touch with the network admin or visit the school/university website and find the necessary information. Most universities have step-by-step connection tutorials published on their websites.

Of course, if you have any problems connecting to the secured Wi-Fi, we recommend trying the suggested solutions. In case nothing works, contact tech support.

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