How to Disconnect an iPhone From WiFi

By Tyson Cliffton

Because the iPhone is almost always in the range of a 3G or EDGE network, you don't always need to have the device connected to Wi-Fi. While Wi-Fi is often faster than any of the other wireless networks the device can connect to, and any data downloaded to your device over Wi-Fi doesn't count against a data plan you may be on, having Wi-Fi enabled does drain your battery faster. Also, not all Wi-Fi networks are secure. You can decide to either turn Wi-Fi off completely, or "forget" a specific network so you don't automatically connect to it.

Turn Off Wi-Fi

Step 1

Tap "Settings" on your iPhone home screen.

Step 2

Tap "Wi-Fi."

Step 3

Tap the On/Off toggle to the right of "Wi-Fi" until it reads "Off" with a gray background.

Forget a Network

Step 1

Tap "Settings" on your iPhone home screen.

Step 2

Tap "Wi-Fi."

Step 3

Tap the blue circle with the right-pointing arrow to the right of the specific network that you no longer want to automatically connect to.

Step 4

Tap "Forget This Network" and then tap the red "Forget" button that appears on the lower half of the screen. You will be automatically disconnected from that network and your iPhone will no longer connect to it when it detects it. You can always tap the network to connect to it again at a later date.

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