How to Forget a Wi-Fi Network on Your Device: Android, iOS, and More
Follow these easy steps to remove those Wi-Fi networks you’ll never use again.
Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on the devices you use is extremely easy. In most cases, the process means diving into the settings and selecting “forget.” We broke this guide down to the four main platforms: Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.
How to forget a Wi-Fi network in Windows 10
Microsoft provides the fastest way to forget a Wi-Fi network. These instructions are based on Windows 10 v2004.
Step 1: Click on the Wi-Fi icon next to the system clock.
Step 2: On the Wi-Fi menu, right-click on the network you want to forget.
Step 3: Select the Forget option on the pop-up menu.
How to forget a Wi-Fi network in macOS Big Sur
Of the four operating systems, Apple provides the longest route to forgetting a Wi-Fi network in macOS Big Sur.
Step 1: Click on the System Preferences icon on the Dock. Alternatively, click on the Apple logo in the top right corner and select System Preferences on the drop-down menu.
If this icon is not on your Dock, click the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and select System Preferences on the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Select Network.
Step 3: Select Wi-Fi listed on the left.
Step 4: Click on the Advanced button.
Step 5: The Network panel appears on your screen, and the Wi-Fi section displays by default. Click on the Wi-Fi network that you want to forget.
Step 6: Click the “Minus” button displayed under the list.
Step 7: Click OK to confirm.
Step 8: Click Apply to complete.
How to forget a Wi-Fi network in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
Although iOS and iPadOS are visually different, the instructions are the same across both devices.
Step 1: Tap to open the Settings app.
Step 2: Tap Wi-Fi.
Step 3: Under My Networks, tap the Information icon (i) next to the network you want to forget.
Step 4: Tap Forget This Network.
Step 5: Tap Forget to confirm.
How to forget a Wi-Fi network in stock Android 11
Because device manufacturers use variants of Android, the instructions below may not be identical to your device. These apply to stock Android 11 that ships on Google Pixel phones and other devices that use the stock operating system.
Step 1: Swipe a finger down from the top to open the Notification Shade and tap on the “cog” icon.
Step 2: Tap Network & Internet.
Step 3: Tap Wi-Fi.
Step 4: Touch and hold on the Wi-Fi network you want to forget.
Step 5: Tap Forget on the pop-up menu.
How to forget a Wi-Fi network in Android (Samsung)
While Samsung uses Android, it installs a different interface, so the stock Android instructions don’t fully apply. These instructions pertain to Samsung’s modified version of Android 10 and Android 11.
Step 1: Swipe a finger down from the top to open the Notification Shade and tap on the Cog icon.
Step 2: Tap Connections.
Step 3: Tap Wi-Fi.
Step 4: Under Available Networks, tap and hold on the Wi-Fi network you want to forget.
Step 5: Tap Forget Network on the pop-up menu.
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Why should you forget a Wi-Fi network?
Ideal for troubleshooting
Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on your device is useful when troubleshooting a connection.
Your device’s operating system stores a profile for every wireless network you use. At some point, the profile may become corrupted. Moreover, the network’s password may have changed, but the new one isn’t working for your device no matter how many times you enter it.
If you’re having trouble, forgetting the Wi-Fi network to remove the profile is typically the first step in troubleshooting.
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Simplify your network list
While you can’t get away from seeing a long list of available networks on any device, Apple’s iOS and iPadOS place your “known” networks under the My Networks banner. Forgetting networks you probably won’t use will shorten this list.
On stock Android 11, the “saved” networks appear at the top under your current connection. You can forget these networks in both cases if you don’t want to bother with their Auto-Connect or Auto-Join toggles.
Author - Kevin Parrish
Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At HighSpeedInternet.com, he focuses on internet security.
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