Currently, WP7 devices can only see WiFi networks that broadcast their SSID, so no hidden networks. The Unwired is reporting that HTC has released an app to Marketplace which will allow you to define up to three hidden WiFi access points on your device. After the hidden network is added it can be accessed like any other WiFi network. The app is titled “Hidden Wi-Fi” and available for free in Marketplace, but exclusively only to HTC Windows Phone owners.

Assuming this is a simple file/registry add, my guess is XDA-Developers will have a Homebrew solution for all devices but the end of the day, if not already.  You can fetch the app in Zune Marketplace here, or search for Hidden Wi-Fi app on your phone. Don’t know why, but I didn’t see it in the HTC Apps hub.

UPDATE: Looks like there is a problem. When I try to open the app I get the following message: “This application requires the latest Wi-Fi software. Please update your phone to the latest system software.” Tried turning WiFi off and soft resetting but no luck. So this app may require an HTC firmware update that has been floating around recently for several devices. If you have gotten the HTC firmware update in addition to the Microsoft NoDo update let us know in the comments below if this app opens for you. Guess the good news is the that firmware update does something to improve WiFi, or at least that’s what HTC is implying. Let’s see if they got that right.

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  1. […] Currently, WP7 devices can only see WiFi networks that broadcast their SSID, so no hidden networks. The Unwired is reporting that HTC has released an app to Marketplace which will allow you to define up to three hidden WiFi access … Read the rest here: Hidden WiFi Networks Now Accessible : Sorry, for HTC Only […]

  2. Of course in order to use it you have to have the latest WiFi update…i have a HTC HD7 with the NoDo update…how can I upgrade the WiFi to use this app?? The NoDi is the latest update!!

  3. Install app on my HTC surround. When I open the app I’m getting the app requires the latest WiFi software. Please update your phone to the latest system software
    So this app isn’t working for me. HELP.

  4. Damn. Just installed it and you are correct. Even tried disabling WiFi and soft resetting. No go.There are supposed to be HTC firmware updates coming alongside NoDo updates, so I assume that’s what the message means. Or the tool is just screwed up, like every software app HTC attempts to make.

    Oh well, nice idea. Shitty execution. Maybe HTC should have checked the Microsoft Update spreadsheets before releasing the app.

  5. The app let me enter the private wifi name, appeared in the wifi settings, but after entering the pass code It wouldn’t connect.

  6. Getting the same message, “to upgrade to the latest WiFi update”.

    At this point, I’m up to my ears with my Window 7 phone Surround.
    I’m dropping calls, screen is locking up when scrolling, phone restarting by itself and battery drainning within 10 hours. I’ve only had it since Nov, 2010.

    I’m ready to switch to an Android or even an iPhone….. Oh no…..

  7. I have had my Surround since November as well. Check the post I just put on the front page as a workaround for this app.

    Regarding dropped calls, I don’t get/make that many, but of the one or two that have dropped i was talking to an iPhone. Go figure.

    If your phone locks while scrolling in Markeplace that will be corrected when you get the NoDo update in about 7-10 days. If it is locking in any other app, contact the developer. Aside from marketplace, I have never locked up and i currently have about 175 apps/games and another 75 I have tested and removed.

    No argument on the battery. It’s small at 1230mAh. I am still waiting for an HTC or aftermarket 1800-2000mAh to get me through a full 16 hour day but in the meantime I am using a couple DigiPower USB Power Supply’s to give my phone a boost and still allow me to walk around.

    But at the end of the day, the phone choice is yours. Good luck.

  8. i have a probleme to get a hidden wifi so when i open the new application a new note ask me to update the latest software so could u help me .

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