Stop iPhone Pop-Ups Asking to Join Wi-Fi Networks

Apr 7, 2012 - 2 Comments

Wi-Fi

Annoyed by those persistent wi-fi network popups that show up on the iPhone or iPad screen every time a wireless network is in range? You can disable the wi-fi joining alerts completely by preventing the iPhone from searching for unknown networks. This works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch the same way, and it has no effect on the regular cellular internet connection or joined and accepted wireless networks, instead it simply stops the nagging popups when a new network is visible when one isn’t actively connected.

How to Stop iOS Asking to Join Wi-Fi Networks on iPhone & iPad

Here’s how to stop the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch looking for and asking to join networks with a settings adjustment in iOS Wi-Fi preferences:

  1. Open Settings and tap “Wi-Fi” near the top
  2. Scroll down below available wireless routers and flip “Ask to Join Networks” to OFF
  3. Exit out of Settings

Stop the iPhone asking to join wi-fi networks

With the setting disabled, only known networks will be joined automatically, and the iPhone will no longer automatically search for and attempt to connect to random wi-fi networks. This means you will have to join new wireless networks manually by going through the same Wi-Fi setting and selecting the network directly.

This setting exists in all versions of iOS, in new versions of iOS it will look as it does above, but older versions on the iPhone and iPad it may look something like this:

Stop Wi-Fi Popup Alerts on iPhone

Regardless of how your settings screen looks in iOS, the wi-fi ‘ask to join’ toggle switch works the same way.

Be aware that turning off this setting could lead to more cellular data being used, you may want to keep an eye on data use initially if you choose this option, because even the traditionally auto-accepted hotspots like Starbucks will no longer join on their own and will require manual connections.

On the plus side, disabling this setting can also save some battery life since the iPhone is no longer actively seeking out wireless networks to join.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. […] more like iOS and ask you before it joins whatever wi-fi network is open and available, though the wifi pop-ups can get annoying. stLight.options({ […]

  2. Hamish watt says:

    I have new Iphone 6 on the IOS 8.1.2, my ask to join is off, however keeps popping up asking to join a network Can anyone help to stop this happening?

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