If you have had your iPhone for some time you have probably already connected to your Wi-Fi network at home, at work, and possible at your friends and family member’s homes.
But you might notice that your phone is prompting you to connect to Wi-Fi networks when you are shopping or eating at a restaurant, which might not be something that you are interested in doing.
This is occurring because of a setting on your Wi-Fi menu that is currently enabled.
Our tutorial below will show you what that option is so that you can turn it off if you would prefer to only manually connect to Wi-Fi networks at places where you need them, and where you trust them.
How to Disable the Join Wi-Fi Network Prompt on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. By completing these steps you will disable the prompt on your iPhone that currently asks you to join a Wi-Fi network when there are networks nearby, but none of them are known. By completing these steps you will need to open the Wi-Fi network menu and manually select a network to connect to it.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Wi-Fi option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Ask to Join Networks to turn it off. The prompt is disabled when there is no green shading around the button. It is disabled in the picture below.
Now that you know how to stop your iPhone 7 from asking you to join networks, you can be in more control over when and how you check for and connect to Wi-Fi networks from the device.
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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.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.