Automatically getting connected to saved or captive Wi-Fi networks can be annoying, especially when you have more than one saved WiFi Networks in range. Fortunately, Apple provides a neat way to handle this kind of situation by giving built-in functionality to turn off auto-joining on per Wi-Fi basis.
This functionality will keep you logged in onto the network, but your device won’t connect to the saved WiFi Network until you manually do it. With that said, let’s quickly go over the steps to stop iPhone, iPad, and Mac from Auto-connecting to saved Wi-Fi networks.
How to Turn OFF Wi-Fi Auto-Join on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Go to Settings on your iPhone → Tap on Wi-Fi.
Step #2. Find the Wi-Fi for which you want to prevent auto-joining.
Step #3. Next up, tap on the “i” button next to WiFi Name.
Step #4. Finally, turn the Auto-Join Toggle Off.
How to Disable Wi-Fi Auto-Join on Mac
Step #1. Access Network Preferences by clicking on the WiFi icon from the Menu bar or you can access them by clicking the Apple Menu icon on the top left corner of your Mac and then System Preferences → Network.
Step #2. Now select the Wi-Fi from the drop-down list.
Step #3. Lastly, uncheck the box next to Automatically Join this Network.
If you ever wish to turn auto-joining ON for that particular network, repeat the same steps, but this time check the box which is next to Automatically Join this Network.
As Apple sync the settings to iCloud, if you have turned off auto-joining for a particular network on your iPhone, it will automatically turn off on iPad, Mac, or any other device with the same Apple ID.
When your iOS devices connect to a Wi-fi network automatically, it begins to send notifications on different apps. This can be embarrassing at times, especially when you are attending a social gathering. To stop this situation, you can prevent your iPhone, iPad, and Mac from connecting to Wi-fi automatically.
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