Can You Connect an Apple iPhone to the Internet Without a Plan?

Understanding how to access the Web on your company's smartphones ensures you always have access to email and other Internet-based technologies when you need them. In order to connect to the Internet on an iPhone without a cellular data plan, you must be within range of either an open Wi-Fi network or a closed Wi-Fi network to which you have the password. Once you've connected to a Wi-Fi signal, you can use the Internet as usual via your Web browser, email and other Internet-enabled apps.

Connect to the Internet

  1. To connect to a local Wi-Fi network signal, start by tapping the "Settings" icon on iPhone's home screen to launch the Settings app. Tap "Wi-Fi" and toggle the "Wi-Fi" switch to the On position, if it is not already enabled. Once Wi-Fi is enabled, the iPhone automatically scans for local networks. Tap the name of network you want to join. If it's an open network, the iPhone will connect automatically. If it's a closed network, enter the password when prompted.

Version Disclaimer

  1. Information in this article applies to iPhones running the iOS 7 operating system. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.