Picture of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list screen, with a smart pot that's marked as offline with a -Device Not Found- status highlighted.

Change WiFi on Instant Pot Smart WiFi Pressure Cooker Instructions

Let’s say you’ve previously set up your Instant Pot Smart WiFi pressure cooker.  That is, you created an Instant Pot account through their Instant Pot app, which means that you’ve also installed that app on your mobile device.  You also assigned your cooker a PIN, and it now shows up in the app’s  My Devices  list.  But since then, you’ve changed your WiFi router or otherwise updated the network connection information such as its name or password.  Now, after these changes, the smart WiFi Instant Pot no longer connects to WiFi, and appears in the app as  Offline,  as shown next.  Plus, on the cooker itself, the WiFi symbol either blinks, or does not show up at all.  Well, in this piece we show how to fix this situation and change WiFi network on Instant Pot Smart WiFi pressure cooker, to get your smart cooker back  online  once more.

Picture of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list screen, with a smart pot that's marked as offline with a -Device Not Found- status highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list screen, with a smart pot that’s marked as offline with a -Device Not Found- status highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

Summary of How to Change WiFi on Instant Pot Smart WiFi Electric Pressure Cooker

  1. Plug in Smart Cooker to AC Power
  2. Discover that your Instant Pot No Longer Connects to WiFi (See last picture above for what that status looks like.)
  3. Connect Mobile Device to 2.4 Ghz WiFi Network with Internet Access
  4. Run the Instant Pot App
  5. Visit that app’s  My Devices  Page
  6. Press the   Add Device  Button
  7. Select your Instant Pot Model — the Smart WiFi Cooker is the Only Choice
  8. Assign a Name and Password to your Instant Pot
  9. Enter WiFi Password for the New 2.4 Ghz. WiFi Network
  10. Put your Instant Pot Smart WiFi into APP Mode
  11. Connect Mobile Device to the Pot’s Ad Hoc WiFi Network
  12. Return to the Instant Pot App, and Wait for Connection Successful Page
  13. Perform the   Initial Test Run   if Desired
  14. Check that your Cooker is Now Connected to WiFi and Ready to Cook

Before You Start

First, be sure to plug your Instant Pot into AC power in a place that’s in range of the 2.4 Ghz. WiFi network you wish to connect it with. The pot may not connect to that WiFi if it’s too far away from its router / access point.  Check that the pot is not out of range at your preferred pot location by connecting your mobile device to the same WiFi that the pot will use, at that same location.  Then, see if your phone / tablet has trouble connecting.  If so, then resolve the connectivity problem with your mobile device first, before trying to solve the Instant Pot issue.

Change WiFi Network on Instant Pot Smart WiFi Pressure Cooker Instructions

1. Run the Instant Pot App

First, find the app on your mobile device.  In our case, we see it on the  Recents  bar at the bottom of the  Home  page, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the iOS -Home- page with the -Instant Pot- app icon highlighted.
The iOS -Home- page with the -Instant Pot- app icon highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

The app’s  Home  screen then appears, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Home- page with the main menu button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Home- page with the main menu button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

2. Touch the  Main Menu   Control

To check Instant Pot status, tap the  Main Menu   hamburger control in the top left corner of the app’s  Home   page, as pointed at above by the blue arrow.

This brings up the Instant Pot  Main Menu,   as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its main menu with the -My Devices- option highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its main menu with the -My Devices- option highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

3. Visit the My Devices Page

We find the   My Devices    item in the Main Menu,   near the left edge of the screen, about a third of the way down from the top.

Tapping this item brings up the   My Devices   screen, as depicted next.

Picture of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list screen, with a smart pot that's marked as offline with a -Device Not Found- status highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list screen, with a smart pot that’s marked as offline with a -Device Not Found- status highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

4. Touch the  Add Device  Button

Find the  Add Device   button in the center of the top quarter of the screen.

Then, when you tap   Add Device,  you get the   Select Model   screen, as pictured next.  However, unlike in initial setup of your Instant Pot, when you’re just changing the WiFi connection as we are here, the app lists only one Instant Pot model, that being the   Smart WiFi   version.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Select Model- Page, with the -Smart WiFi cooker as the only choice given, and this choice is highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Select Model- Page, with the -Smart WiFi cooker as the only choice given, and this choice is highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

5. Tap the Smart WiFi Instant Pot Model

Finding your  Smart WiFi  model in the list is simple thus, as shown in the last screenshot above.  Why?  Because the  Smart WiFi  Instant Pot is the only one in the list, and is pointed at by the green arrow in that picture.

Touching the  Smart WiFi   model brings up the  Connect Smart WiFi   screen, as we show next.

Screen shot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Connect Smart WiFi- page, with the -Continue- button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Connect Smart WiFi- page, with the -Continue- button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

6. Touch the  Continue  Button

Find the  Continue  button near the center of the screen, but just a little closer to the bottom screen edge.

Pressing  Continue  then displays the   Secure & Name Pot   page, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Secure and Name Pot- page.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Secure and Name Pot- page. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

7. Type In Pot Name and Password

Make sure the pass code you enter has at least six characters.  Indeed, the  Continue   button on this page remains grayed out (unavailable) until the password you enter meets this requirement.  You won’t be able to move on until you enter a password that meets this requirement.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Secure and Name Pot- Page, with the entered PIN long enough filled in, and the -Continue- button highlighted
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Secure and Name Pot- Page, with the entered PIN long enough filled in, and the -Continue- button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

8. Touch the   Continue   Button

Find the  Continue  button right in screen center, as shown in the last picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Tapping   Continue   there takes you to the   WiFi Password   page, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -WiFi Password- page. Prompting for a 2.4 Ghz network passkey, with the password edit box highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -WiFi Password- page.
Prompting for a 2.4 Ghz. network passkey, with its password edit box highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

The   WiFi Password   page asks you for the password of the WiFi network you want to sign your Instant Pot into.  It’s also the network that your mobile device is connected to at this time.  Again, this network should be a 2.4 Ghz. connection only.

9. Type in WiFi Password

The edit box you type the WiFi password into is horizontally center on the page, and vertically half way between the top of and center of the screen.

Picture of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -WiFi Password- page. Passkey edit box filled In for the 2.4 Ghz. network.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -WiFi Password- page. Passkey edit box filled In for the 2.4 Ghz. network. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

10. Touch the   Continue   Button

Again, find the  Continue  button exactly in the center of the page, as pointed at by the green arrow above.

Tapping   Continue  takes you to the   AP Mode   screen face, as pictured in the next photo.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -AP Mode- page with the -Continue- button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -AP Mode- page with the -Continue- button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

Now is the time to put your Instant Pot into  APP Mode,  as directed by the app.  So, with the pot powered on, press and hold the  Pressure Level  button on the pot itself, for around ten seconds, until you hear a long beep.  See this button in the next picture.

Picture of the Electric Instant Pot WiFi pressure cooker front buttons panel, showing the -Pressure Level, WiFi On Off- button circled.
Electric Instant Pot WiFi pressure cooker front buttons panel, showing the -Pressure Level, WiFi On Off- button circled. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

When the pot enters APP Mode, its LCD display looks as follows.

Picture of the The Instant Smart WiFi Pot, front view, showing what the LCD screen looks like when the cooker is in APP mode, and ready for WiFi setup.
The Instant Smart WiFi Pot, front view, showing what the LCD screen looks like when the cooker is in APP mode, and ready for WiFi setup. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

Now, go back to the Instant Pot app on your mobile device, and continue with the next step.

11. Tap the  Continue  Button

This time, find the   Continue   button near the bottom but in the center of the  AP Mode  screen.

Touching that button then brings up the   Connect to Instant Pot   page, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot App on iOS, showing its -Connect To Instant Pot- screen.
Instant Pot App on iOS, showing its -Connect To Instant Pot- screen. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

12. Connect to the Instant Pot’s Ad Hoc WiFi Network

When the Instant Pot is in APP (setup) mode, it creates an ad hoc WiFi network that you must connect to with the same mobile device you’re running the Instant Pot app on, before continuing with the next step.

In our scenario, we went to   Settings->WiFi   on our iPad Air, and saw the Instant Pot’s wireless network, as shown in the next screenshot.  We circled that network in green.  That net on our pot is named  Instant_Pot_F0C9D17BEC97.

Screenshot of the iOS WiFi settings page, showing an Instant Pot setup network discovered and circled.
iOS WiFi settings page, showing an Instant Pot setup network discovered and circled. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

Tap this Instant Pot wireless network to connect to it.  It’s unsecured, so you won’t have to type in a password.

When we tapped the  Instant_Pot_F0C9D17BEC97   network on our iPad Air, the Air connected within a couple seconds, and the  Wifi Settings   screen changed to show this connection successfully made, as pictured next, and circled.

Screenshot of the iOS WiFi settings page, showing connected to an Instant Pot WiFi setup network highlighted.
iOS WiFi settings page, showing connected to an Instant Pot WiFi setup network highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

Then, go back to the Instant Pot app.

13. Wait for Instant Pot Activation to Finish

Once you’ve connected your mobile device to the Instant Pot ad hoc network, close its  WiFi Settings  app and again bring up the Instant Pot app.

The  Activating Your Smart WiFi   page appears for some seconds. You’ll see the app trying to activate your Instant Pot on your Instant Pot account.  See this shown next.

This page shows a mobile phone and a cloud, with a line between them, where a blip of light is running back and fourth across that line. This suggests that your mobile device, the Instant Pot, and the cloud servers at the Instant Pot company, are talking to each other, in order to establish the linkage.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Activating Your Smart WiFi- page.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its -Activating Your Smart WiFi- page. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

Then, after a brief time, and if all goes well, the app puts up the   Connection Successful   page, as shown next.

Picture of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Connection Successful- page, with the -Next- button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Connection Successful- page, with the -Next- button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

14. Touch the   Next   Button

Find the   Next   button near the bottom center of the  Connection Successful   page, pictured in the last shot.

Tapping   Next   brings up the   Initial Test Run   screen, as shown next.

Now, if you tap   Continue   on this page, you’ll get directions on how to perform this test run.  To the point, they ask you to put a little water in the inner pot, lock the lid, and start the Instant Pot cooking.  After several minutes, the steam pressure builds up inside, and you can then see the float valve on the lid go up.  This exercise gives a sense of what it’s like to cook with an electric pressure cooker, such as the Smart WiFi Instant Pot.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, prompting to do an test run of the pot, with the -Skip Initial Test Run- button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, prompting to do an test run of the pot, with the -Skip Initial Test Run- button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

But we chose not to run through this test in this scenario, since you don’t need to do that in order to get your Instant Pot back online, which is the focus in this piece.  So instead of touching   Continue,  we move to the next step, where we tap the   Skip Initial Test Run   button.

15. Touch the  Skip Initial Test Run  Button

We find this control near the bottom center of the page, as pointed at above with the green arrow.

Tapping    Skip Initial Test Run   brings up the   Before You Begin   page, as shown in the next screenshot.  Here, you can browse through several screens that talk about how to check cooker status, along with some of the actions you can control on it via the Instant Pot app.  We will not show all these windows here though.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Verify Cooker Status- page, with the -Start Cooking- button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Verify Cooker Status- page, with the -Start Cooking- button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

16. Touch the   Start Cooking   Button

Find this item near the bottom center of the screen, as shown in the last shot above.

When you tap    Start Cooking,  the app takes you to its  Home   screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Home- page with the main menu button highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -Home- page with the main menu button highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

17. From There, Tap the  Main Menu  Hamburger Control

To see what the pot, now again online, is doing, tap the  Main Menu   hamburger control in the top left corner of the app’s   Home   page, as pointed at above by the blue arrow.

This brings up the main menu, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its main menu with the -My Devices- option highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, displaying its main menu with the -My Devices- option highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

18. Touch the   My Devices   Item

We find the   My Devices    item near the left edge of the screen in the Main Menu,  about a third of the way down from the top.

Tapping this option brings up the   My Devices   page, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list page, with a smart pot online and ready to cook highlighted.
Instant Pot app on iOS, showing its -My Devices- list page, with a smart pot online and ready to cook highlighted. Change WiFi on Instant Pot instructions.

This screen lists all the Instant Pot devices that you’ve set up on your mobile device using your Instant Pot account.  Our cooker, named  Carmen’s Instant Pot,  appears here as  ready to cook.

19. You’re Done !

If you see the page shown in the last step, then your Smart WiFi Instant Pot is, once again, connected to WiFi.  Thus, you can once more control and monitor it via the Instant Pot app.

Happy pressure cooking.

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Revision History

  • 2019-02-10: Originally published.