By default, Your Windows 11 PC automatically connects to a Wi-Fi network stored within range. So you don’t need to manually connect your computer to your home or office network. as convenient as You may want to disable this behavior for specific networks, especially if it’s a public or unsecured network. In addition, You may want to do this to prevent Windows from connecting to a weak Wi-Fi network.
Fortunately, Preventing your Windows 11 PC from automatically connecting to a Wi-Fi network is very easy. Here we show you three different ways to do the same. So let’s check them out.
1. Stop automatically connecting to a Wi-Fi network using the Settings app.
Windows 11 lets you configure most network details using the Settings app. Follow the steps below to prevent Windows 11 from automatically connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Tap the Start icon and tap the gear-shaped icon to launch the Settings app. Alternatively, you can use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to immediately launch the Settings app.
Step 2: Use the left sidebar and click Wi-Fi to switch to the Network and Internet tab.
Step 3: Click Manage known networks to view all saved networks.
Step 4: Select the network you don’t want your computer to join automatically.
Step 5: Uncheck the box that reads ‘Automatically connect within range’.
The Settings app will remember your preferences. The next time you want to use that network, you’ll need to select it manually.
2. Stop automatic connection to Wi-Fi network through Control Panel.
Although Microsoft is slowly replacing the old Control Panel in favor of the Settings app. You can still use it to make changes in Windows 11. So if you want to do it the modern way, Here’s how you use the Control Panel. Prevent Windows 11 from automatically connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. hit control Press Enter in the Open field.
Step 2: Use the drop-down menu in the upper right corner to select small or large icons. Then click Network and Sharing Center.
Step 3: Click the Change adapter settings option in the left pane. This will open the Network Connections window.
Step 4: Right-click the Wi-Fi adapter and select Status from the context menu.
Step 5: In the Wi-Fi Status window that opens, click Wireless Properties.
Step 6: Under the Connections tab, Uncheck ‘Connect automatically when this network is in range’. Then click OK to save the changes.
3. Stop automatic connection to Wi-Fi network with Command Prompt.
Command Prompt is the go-to place for power users to make system-level changes. You can use Command Prompt to run some commands to prevent Windows 11 from automatically connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Here’s how you can do it.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start icon or press Windows key + X to open the Power User menu. Select Terminal (Admin) from the list.
Step 2: When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, select Yes.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following command and press Enter to see the list of wireless networks saved on your PC:
netsh wlan show profiles
Step 4: Note the name of the network you want to disable automatic connection to.
Step 5: Run the following command and press Enter to prevent Windows 11 from automatically connecting to the network.
netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Network Name" connectionmode=manual
In the command above, replace network name with the wireless network name specified in the last step.
The above commands will also work with Windows PowerShell. Once you’ve done them, Windows 11 will no longer be able to connect to the specified Wi-Fi network. You can repeat the above command to prevent Windows 11 from connecting to other networks.
Command and control
Connecting to an unsecured Wi-Fi network can put your system and personal data at risk. Other than the above methods, you can prevent Windows from connecting to a network during the initial network configuration process.
If you are already connected to a network, You can use the above methods to prevent Windows from automatically connecting to the network. While I’m only talking about Windows 11 in this post, These methods will also work on Windows 10.