How to Stop Auto-Joining Wi-Fi on the iPhone

My iPhone auto-joins Wi-Fi, even when I don't want it to, how do I stop this from happening?

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This article will tell you how to turn off Auto-Join Wi-Fi on an iPhone. The iPhone automatically connects to known Wi-Fi networks whenever it's in range. While auto-joining a known Wi-Fi network can be useful in saving us from having to manually reconnect to our preferred networks every time we want to use the internet, it can be frustrating to automatically join a network. Maybe you are in range of two known networks, such as the coffee shop where you're working and the restaurant next door and your iPhone connected to the wrong one, or maybe you don't want your device to connect to the coffee shop Wi-Fi every time you happen to walk by. Whatever your reason is, if you are unhappy when Wi-Fi keeps turning on on your iPhone, here is how to turn off Auto-Join Wi-Fi.

How to Turn Off Auto-Join Wi-Fi on the iPhone

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.

  3. Tap the Wi-Fi network for which you want to turn off Auto-Join.
  4. Toggle Auto-Join off.
  5. Repeat for all networks you prefer to join manually.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.