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?

3 Answers 3


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

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.


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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