Your iPhone can connect to the Internet using a cellular connection on your wireless provider’s data network, or it can connect to the Internet through a Wi-Fi network. As you move throughout the world, however, you will leave the range of one wireless network, forcing you onto a cellular network. But when you arrive at your destination, such as work or a friend’s house, you may connect to the wireless network there if you have done so in the past.
Occasionally, however, you might be connecting to a network that you don’t want to. Due to the way that your iPhone prioritizes the way that it connects to the Internet, you are likely to be on a Wi-Fi network instead of a cellular network whenever you are in range of a network that you have previously joined. Fortunately this is not permanent, and you can follow the steps in our guide below to forget a network on your iPhone.
How to Forget a Wireless Network That Your iPhone is Connecting to Automatically
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3.2. Note that you will need to be within range of the wireless network to be able to complete the steps in the guide below. Once you have completed these steps you will be disconnected from the network (if you are currently connected to it) and you will need to manually reconnect to that network and re-enter the password if you wish to connect again.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Choose the Wi-Fi option.
Step 3: Tap the small i button to the right of the wireless network that you want to forget.
Step 4: Touch the Forget this Network button.
Step 5: Tap the Forget button to confirm that you wish to forget this network.
Your iPhone should no longer connect to this network, unless you elect to connect to it again in the future.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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