Neglect a Wi-Fi Community on a Mac

Is your Mac constantly connecting to the wrong Wi-Fi network? Here's how to forget about unwanted WiFi networks on your Mac.

Your Mac always tries to keep you online by automatically connecting to nearby Wi-Fi networks. However, you may want to prevent it from joining certain networks for a variety of reasons – poor download or upload speeds, weak encryption protocols, and so on.

Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on your Mac is one way to solve the problem. Other methods include changing the network priority or telling your Mac not to automatically join a particular network.

Forget about Wi-Fi networks from your Mac settings

You can use the Network Preferences section to instruct your Mac to forget about any previously saved Wi-Fi networks. Be warned, however, this also means that you will have to manually re-enter the network's password if you want to reconnect to it at a later time.

Related: How to See Wi-Fi Passwords on Mac

When you use iCloud Keychain, forgetting a Wi-Fi network will also remove that network from all other Apple devices you use.

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Instead of forgetting about a Wi-Fi network, it's usually better to change your network priorities to ensure that your Mac connects to better networks instead. We'll show you how to do this below.

However, if you still want to forget about a Wi-Fi network on your Mac, here's how:

  1. Press the Wireless Internet access Icon in the menu bar and select Network settings. If you don't see the status icon, open the control center, expand the Wireless Internet access steer and click Network settings.

  2. Choose Wireless Internet access in the sidebar and click the button labeled Progressive.

  3. Under the Wireless Internet access Tab, select the network you want to delete and select the minus Button.

  4. Choose Removed confirm.

How to change the Wi-Fi network priority on your Mac

Instead of forgetting a Wi-Fi network from your Mac and losing its password, you can set the network to a lower priority. That way, you can choose any other nearby Wi-Fi networks that will have priority so your Mac will connect to them instead.

To edit the network priorities for your Mac:

  1. Visit the Network settings Area, choose Wireless Internet access in the sidebar and select Progressive.

  2. Under the Wireless Internet access Drag any unwanted hotspots down the list of saved Wi-Fi networks. Your Mac always prefers hotspots that are higher up in the list.

  3. Choose OK.

Turn off automatic connection for Wi-Fi networks on your Mac

If you want to prevent your Mac from automatically connecting to a particular Wi-Fi network, but prefer to keep its credentials, simply prevent it from automatically joining that network. This is how it works:

  1. Open that Network settings Area on your Mac. Then choose Wireless Internet access in the sidebar and click Progressive.

  2. Under the Join automatically In the column, uncheck the box next to the network whose automatic connection you want to terminate.

  3. Choose OK.

Forget, change priority or stop auto-join

Forgetting about Wi-Fi networks on your Mac is quick and easy, but it also clears associated passwords in the process. So you should consider lowering the priority or turning off the auto-join feature instead. And if you have the time, you can also fix unstable Wi-Fi connections so it doesn't matter if your Mac connects to them in the future.

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Dilum Senevirathne
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years of experience contributing to online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web apps. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.

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