How To Forget A Wi-Fi Network On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]

How To Forget A Wi-Fi Network On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]How To Forget A Wi-Fi Network On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]

Once you’ve connected to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, your device remembers its credentials and, for your convenience, connects automatically next time. However, this isn’t always helpful. Sometimes we connect to hotspots accidentally, and it’s frustrating when your device connects to a network you don’t want it to.

You can prevent this by “forgetting” the networks you’ve previously connected to. Once forgotten, your device will no longer connect automatically, and only when you tell it to. Here’s how to forget a Wi-Fi network.

To do this, you’ll need to be within range of the Wi-Fi network you’d like to forget, otherwise it won’t show up on your iPhone. When you’re ready, open up the Settings app and tap on the ‘Wi-Fi’ tab.

How To Forget A Wi-Fi Network On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]

You’ll now be presented with a list of Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity. You’re probably already connected to the network you want to forget, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Once you’ve got it, tap the blue arrow alongside its name.

How To Forget A Wi-Fi Network On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]

Now tap the ‘Forget this Network’ button.

How To Forget A Wi-Fi Network On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]

Your device will now forget the credentials for that network, including any security password, and will no longer connect automatically when your device discovers it. But it won’t be blocked forever. If you’d like to reconnect to the network at anytime, simply tap on its name within the Wi-Fi menu, and enter the security code.

  • Sean Smith

    These tips must be for complete iOS noobs, right? Because the past several of them, to me at least, seem like they should be filed under “completely obvious.”

  • MacHead84

    What I want to know is how to forget a network you connected to in the past but arent currently in the range of. 

  • joewaylo

    They are for iOS new people or those without a clue. But mostly new people. I’m sure those that have lived with iOS since 3G have obtained these clues already for 4 years. Five years if they used 2G for a year and a half.

    Another remedy to fix a network connection issue not documented is “Renew Lease” to that network. If you have a zillion network connections you want to forget, you can also “Erase Network Settings” under settings/general/reset

  • joewaylo

    @MacHead: There is no current way to do this other than to be in range. Or as I stated with my reply to Mr. Smith, reset network settings to erase even the long forgotten ones.

  • Phil

    Kilian Bell: When I go to CofM on my iPhone, I scroll all the way to bottom to turn mobile theme off and despite the fact that I turn it off, it reloads and still shows mobile theme. Can you guys fix this?
    -thanks!

  • MySkyizBlue

    But you have to connect to it first. Obviously I want to forget the wi-fi signals I can’t use not the ones I can. they take up too much space

  • DarylFritz

    Is there any way to list the networks my phone has currently stored in memory?

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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