In iOS 11 when we disable the Wi-Fi in the control center it doesn't actually disable the radio. According to Apple, the device is disconnected from Wi-Fi and auto-join is disabled until

  • You turn on Wi-Fi in Control Center.
  • You connect to a Wi-Fi network in Settings > Wi-Fi.
  • You walk or drive to a new location.
  • It's 5 AM local time.
  • You restart your device.

When I disable Wi-Fi (or BT) I really want it off. Is it possible via some setting or application to get the old behavior back?


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The Apple site you linked to indicates how to completely turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth:

If you want to completely disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for all networks and devices, follow these steps:

  • To turn off Wi-Fi, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and turn off Wi-Fi.
  • To turn off Bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth.

For the best experience on your iOS device, try to keep Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

  • I am aware you can do it via settings > Wi-Fi. I asked about getting the old behavior back, i.e. toggle the button in the control center to switch the radio off.
    – Daniel
    Sep 23, 2017 at 14:14
  • No, as you've already found, Apple changed that behavior and there's no way, outside of jailbreaking, that will allow you to change that.
    – fsb
    Sep 23, 2017 at 23:14

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