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Is there a way to disable automatically connecting to a known WiFi network on an iPhone?

Say that your work/school has a monitored WiFi network. You only want to connect to it when you plan on downloading a large file, so you don't want to connect to it automatically. But you also don't want to re-enter your credentials every time you want to connect.

Is there a way to tell your iPhone to forget an network until you want to re-connect?

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It probably wasn't available in 2016, but it can be done in the WiFi settings now (at least since 2018):

  1. Go to Settings > WiFi
  2. Click on the ⓘ icon of your WiFi connection you want to manage
  3. Disable Auto-join
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At this time, there is no way to do this. Your only options are to have it always on or always off.

I suggest letting Apple know you want this feature by providing them feedback here.

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Currently, you would have to tell the iphone to forget the network and then enter your credentials again later. There is not a way to have it remember the credentials if you don't want it to automatically join.

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    Which is exactly what I said about an hour before your answer....
    – fsb
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 19:23
  • That's not what you said. You said "always on" or "always off".. are you downvoting my post because you can't stand that I added clarity to your post?
    – kharisma
    Commented Jun 22, 2019 at 20:12
  • To "add clarity" to an answer you should either add a comment to that answer or edit the answer directly. Adding a new answer to "add clarity" will often get you downvotes from the community.
    – fsb
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 4:59

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