How to Stop Windows From Automatically Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network


Windows automatically connects to Wi-Fi networks you’ve previously connected to. On Windows 10, you can tell Windows not to automatically connect to certain networks. Windows will remember the passphrase and other connection details, but will only connect when you manually initiate a connection.

This is useful for public Wi-Fi networks that you don’t always want to connect to automatically—especially if they require a sign in or have slow internet.

On Windows 10

To stop Windows from automatically, connecting to a Wi-Fi network in the future, you can simply choose this option while connecting to a network.

When you select a network in the Wi-Fi popup menu, uncheck the “Connect automatically” box before you click the “Connect” button.

If you’re not near the network at the moment, you won’t see the network in the Wi-Fi panel. However, you can still edit the saved Wi-Fi network profile on your system to modify this setting.

To do so, head to Settings > Network &…

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