How to Forget a Wifi Network on Mac

Forgetting a Wifi Network on Mac OS X
The Mac is one of the most stable, high quality and sought after computer packed with great features that every user needs. One of the most useful capabilities of the Mac is the Wifi options.

The Wifi capability of the Mac can conveniently connect and rejoin a network within the range, and you can also switch to another wifi network in just a few clicks.

However, there are some instances when you need to forget a Wifi network on your Mac, situations such as;

When You Need to Forget a Network on Mac

  • You no longer want to auto connect in a wifi network
  • Made some changes to your wifi router settings (changing of password, network name, etc.. )
  • Want to remove unused wifi network
  • Need a room for a new network

Forgetting a wifi network on Mac is incredibly easy, but can also be difficult for non-techy users.

Forgetting a Wifi Network on Mac by Removing from Preferred Networks List

Doing the steps below will erase a wifi network and will prevent your Mac from auto connecting from the wifi connection.

Step 1: In the menu bar, click the wifi icon and select “Open Network Preferences” or going to “System Preferences” and choosing “Network”.
open network preferences

Step 2: Select “Wifi” from the left sidebar and click “Advanced”.
Select Wifi and Click Advanced

Step 3: Under the “Wi-fi” tab, select the network name from the “Preferred Networks” list you want to forget and click the “-” minus icon to remove the wifi network.
Select Wifi Network name to forget

Step 4: A confirmation message will appear to confirm the action, click the “Remove” button to remove the wifi network from the list. Remove other unused wifi networks if necessary.
Confirm remove wifi network - Forget

Step 5: Finally, select “Ok” and choose “Apply” when asked.

When done correctly, the wifi network name will no longer appear in the “Preferred Networks” list, and the connection is already forgotten.

This time, your Mac can able detect and see the network name along with other available wifi networks within the range but it won’t auto join.

Tips: In the “Preferred Networks” list, you can drag networks up or down. Doing this allows your Mac to select the first ordered wifi network and serve it as a default connection and auto connect to the next one when the first order fails to issue internet connection.


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