How to Quickly & Temporarily Disconnect from Wi-Fi on iPhone with Control Center

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Your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network with a weak signal, and you'd like to disconnect. Of course, you could open your Settings app, open Wi-Fi, disconnect from your current Wi-Fi network, and join another or switch to cellular. But did you know there's a much faster way to accomplish this task by using Control Center? Let's learn how to temporarily disconnect from a Wi-Fi network using Control Center on your iPhone. 

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To temporarily disconnect from a Wi-Fi network:

  • Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the display on your iPhone X or up from the bottom of the screen on earlier iPhones.

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  • In Control Center, tap on the Wi-Fi symbol to temporarily disconnect from Wi-Fi.
  • When you tap the symbol, a notification appears that this Wi-Fi network is disconnecting until the following day, but that Wi-Fi will remain on for AirDrop, AirPlay, and Personal Hotspots. Note that if you want to completely turn off all Wi-Fi functions, you will need to turn of Wi-Fi in Settings.

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If you change your mind, simply tap on the Wi-Fi symbol again to rejoin the Wi-Fi network you just left. Your iPhone will join other known Wi-Fi networks if you change your location or restart your device.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.