How to Disconnect from Wi-Fi on Your iPhone Quickly & Temporarily

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Learn how to temporarily disconnect from a Wi-Fi network using the Control Center on your iPhone. You're connected to a Wi-Fi network with a weak signal, and you'd like to turn off Wi-Fi on your iPhone. 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 the Control Center? Here's how

Related: How to Customize the Control Center with iOS 11 on iPhone

How to Turn Off Wi-Fi on Your iPhone Temporarily

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

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  2. In the Control Center, tap the Wi-Fi symbol to temporarily disconnect from Wi-Fi.
  3. When you tap the symbol, a notification appears that this Wi-Fi network is disconnecting until the following day (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.
  4. Your iPhone will join other known Wi-Fi networks if you change your location or restart your device.

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  5. If you change your mind, simply open the Control Center and tap on the Wi-Fi symbol again to rejoin the Wi-Fi network you just left.
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.