Why Does it Say VZW Wi-Fi at the Top of My iPhone Screen?

The top-left corner of your iPhone screen usually contains information that tells you about your current network connection. So if you ever wondered whether you were connected to a cellular network or a WiFi network, that that is where you would look.

But a new option has come up recently, and you may have noticed that it says VZW Wi-Fi at the top of the screen when it would otherwise just show a WiFi symbol. This is happening if your iPhone is on the Verizon network and you have enabled Wi-Fi Calling. This is a feature available to newer iPhone models that allows them to place calls over Wi-Fi instead of a cellular network. It’s an interesting option because it can allow you to make phone calls to United States numbers from an international location without any additional charges. You can learn more about enabling WiFi calling on a Verizon iPhone here.

But if you turned on that option accidentally, or if you simply want to turn it off, then you can follow our guide below.

Here is how to turn off Wi-Fi calling and remove the VZW Wi-Fi option –

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Phone.
  3. Select Wi-Fi Calling.
  4. Turn off the Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone option.

You can see these steps below with pictures as well –

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and tap the Phone option.

open the phone menu



Step 3: Tap the Wi-Fi Calling option.

select wifi calling



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone to turn it off.

turn off verizon wifi calling



If you are often on a bad Wi-Fi connection and have difficulty downloading from the Internet, then you may want to check on a setting called Wi-Fi Assist. It can help you download faster by switching to a cellular connection instead of your WiFi one, but it can also result in using more data than you had originally thought you were.

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