How to Forget a Wi-Fi Network in Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

How to Forget a Wi-Fi Network in Windows 11

Sometimes in the process of troubleshooting WiFi connection problems on Windows 11, you will need to uninstall a WiFi network that you are connected to. Or you simply don't want your PC to automatically connect to a certain WiFi network. In such cases, you can simply "bypass" that WiFi network with just a few clicks. 

How to forget a saved WiFi network on Windows 11 through the Quick Settings menu

In addition to new changes and improvements in interface and features, Windows 11 also includes a new extremely handy Quick Settings quick access menu, replacing the Action Center on Windows 10.

To forget a WiFi network quickly with Quick Settings, you first click on a set of status icons (Wi-Fi, speaker and battery) in the bottom right corner of the screen, on the taskbar . Or, you can also press Windows + A (which is the keyboard shortcut used to open the Action Center in Windows 10).

When the Quick Settings menu opens, find the Wi-Fi control button and click the right-facing arrow inside it. (If you don't see the Wi-Fi control button, you can click the pencil icon and add it to the Quick Settings menu.)

MenuQuick Settings will display a list of Wi-Fi hotspots, including the one you're currently connected to (if available) at the top of the list.

(Warning: Before forgetting a WiFi network, make sure you know its password if you plan to reconnect in the future).

Find the WiFi hotspot you want to remove and right click on it. Select “Forget” in the small menu that appears.

Windows 11 will immediately forget and delete all its saved settings for this WiFi hotspot.

In case you want to reconnect to the network you just forgot, click the "Connect" button below the WiFi network name in the available list, enter the password and wait for the connection to be re-established.

How to forget a saved WiFi network on Windows 11 through the Settings app

You can also forget saved WiFi networks in the Windows 11 Settings app. This will allow you to bypass WiFi networks even if you are not within range of that network.

1. First, open Settings (press Windows + i), then navigate to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi and click Manage Known Networks.

2. In the Manage Known Networks menu that appears, find the WiFi network you want to remove and click the Forget button next to it.

Windows will immediately delete the network. Close Settings and you can continue using your PC as usual. Hope you are succesful.

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