How do I disable that horribly annoying dialog that tells me I am not connected to any wifi network?

None of your preferred networks are available.

Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to join from the list below.


I use the wifi.

So why do I want the dialog gone?

  • The dialog only shows up when I have no internet connection. Great. That dialog won't magically help me know encryption keys to random networks I am around. There is only like one time that it was useful, and thats the first time I ever turned this machine on.
  • The dialog is annoying.
  • The dialog has zero uses. I can use the status bar icon to do all the needed work that the dialog provides, except I get to chose when to stop and use it, not the dialog choosing "stop what ur doing and connect to the f-ing internet"
  • @Lri: Yea you were correct with the edits. Thanks. Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 17:50
  • Actually I didn't realize there was an image, Lri that is not correct, the actual image is the one that says "You have no connectivity. Actions: Diagnose Network / Join Other network", the screenshot attached is only when you click join other. Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 4:58

2 Answers 2

  • Open the Network pane of the System preferences.
  • Select AirPort in the list on the left.
  • Uncheck the “Ask to join new networks” checkbox. Ask to join new networks checkbox
  • Et voilà! :)
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    And to avoid putting opinions in the answer itself: I totally agree this “bother me” default choice is ridiculous. It is even worse on iOS. I really hope it helps newbie users, but I'm afraid it's as annoying for them as it is for everyone. This default option makes sense, IMHO, only for desktop computers, not portable devices.
    – MattiSG
    Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 13:39
  • Yea, I'm checking it out. What about the dialog that says "No known networks exist" which is equally as annoying. Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 13:43
  • @DmitriyLikhten Well, normally that's the one controlled by this setting :-/ Could you provide a screen capture if this doesn't solve it?
    – MattiSG
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 21:26
  • Love you, bro. Hopefully 10.8 will resolve this bs by default. Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 3:45
  • @DmitriyLikhten :)
    – MattiSG
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 8:49

There are two options that I could see that might work for you Uncheck ask to join new networks and try unchecking show wifi status in bar. These are options available in the Network Preferences. You could also try to set the wifi service to inactive. Click the service cog at the bottom left while the wifi service is selected.

If all else fails just turn the wifi off. I assume you aren't using it since you want to disable the warnings and you know its not connected.

  • Good answer! But I think he still wants to be able to use wifi, and to access it from his status bar. I think the only option he needs to change is "Ask to join Networks". Mac OS will stop asking you to choose a network and will just go with what it finds.
    – kevin9794
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 3:34
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    It would be my first option as well I just assume he isn't using wifi since he knows its not connected and doesn't want messages from it. It would help to know what options he has checked. Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 16:35
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    @kevin9794: You hit the nail on the head with that comment. That dialog is a) unneeded b) really annoying and c) serves ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE. It only shows up when I'm not home because there is obviously no networks available. Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 21:56
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    curious as to why I get a -1 when I stated the correct option as my first option to try? Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 15:39
  • shrug wasent me. I only give -1s when the post is off topic and not helpful whatsoever. Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 17:49

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