Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10  

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    06 Mar 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10


    When you connect to a new wireless network, Windows will create a profile for the wireless network. A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to turn on or off to connect automatically to a wireless network when in range in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Turn On Connect Automatically to Wireless Network when Connecting To
    • Option Two: To Turn Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network by Disconnecting
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Settings
    • Option Four: To Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Network Connections
    • Option Five: To Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Command Prompt






    OPTION ONE

    To Turn On Connect Automatically to Wireless Network when Connecting To


    1 While connecting to a wireless network, check the Connect automatically box. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-automatically_connect_to_wireless_network.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network by Disconnecting


    1 Disconnect from the wireless network. You will need to manually connect to this wireless network when you want to connect to it again. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-disconnect_wireless_network.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

    2 Click/tap on Wi-Fi on the left side, and click/tap on the connected wireless network (ex: "Brink-Router2") on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-automatically_connect_to_wireless_network-settings-1.png

    3 Turn on or off Connect automatically when in range for what you want for this wireless network. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-automatically_connect_to_wireless_network-settings-2.png

    4 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION FOUR

    To Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Network Connections


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type ncpa.cpl into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Network Connections.

    2 Click/tap on the wireless network (ex: "Brink-Router2"). (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-automatically_connect_to_wireless_network-network-connections-1.png

    3 Click/tap on the Wireless Properties button. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-automatically_connect_to_wireless_network-network-connections-2.png

    4 Check (on) or uncheck (off) Connect automatically when this network is in range for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-automatically_connect_to_wireless_network-network-connections-3.png

    5 Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below step 3)

    6 You can now close Network Connections if you like. (see screenshot below step 2)






    OPTION FIVE

    To Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Command Prompt


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste the netsh wlan show profiles command into the command prompt, press Enter, and make note of the wireless profile name (ex: "Brink-Router2") that you want to turn on or off connect automatically. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-auto_connect_wireless_network_command-1.png

    3 Type the command below into the command prompt, press Enter, and see if the Connection mode of this wireless network is currently set to Connect automatically or Connect manually. (see screenshot below)

    netsh wlan show profile "name"

    Substitute name in the command above with the actual name of the wireless network profile from step 2).

    For example: netsh wlan show profile "Brink-Router2"

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-auto_connect_wireless_network_command-2.png

    4 Type the command below you want to use into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (To turn on connect automatically to wireless network)
    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="name" connectionmode=auto

    OR

    (To turn off connect automatically to wireless network)
    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="name" connectionmode=manual

    Substitute name in the commands above with the actual name of the wireless network profile from step 2).

    For example:

    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Brink-Router2" connectionmode=auto

    netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Brink-Router2" connectionmode=manual

    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-auto_connect_wireless_network_command-3.png
    Turn On or Off Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 10-auto_connect_wireless_network_command-4.png

    5 You can now close the command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Cr00zng's Avatar
    Posts : 640
    Windows 10 64-bits
       #1

    Isn't there a settings somewhere to only allow connections to secured Wi-Fi networks? Maybe it's a setting in other OS...

    BTW...

    Your screen capture for the list of wireless networks can pretty much be used for triangulate your physical location. No, I am not stalking you...
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #2

    Cr00zng said:
    Isn't there a settings somewhere to only allow connections to secured Wi-Fi networks? Maybe it's a setting in other OS...

    BTW...

    Your screen capture for the list of wireless networks can pretty much be used for triangulate your physical location. No, I am not stalking you...

    I haven't seen a setting to allow only secured Wi-Fi connections, but that would be a good setting if available.

    If it helps any, you could manually block wireless connections.

    Add or Remove Wireless Network from Filter in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    LOL, you would get bored quickly stalking me unless the probe department from the mothership caught you.
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  3. Cr00zng's Avatar
    Posts : 640
    Windows 10 64-bits
       #3

    Thanks Brink, that would be a good setting...

    It's a manual process for each wireless networks, a bit cumbersome, especially if you travel a lot...

    I can assure you that I don't need any excitement from the "probe department"...
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,781
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #4

    Cr00zng said:
    Thanks Brink, that would be a good setting...

    It's a manual process for each wireless networks, a bit cumbersome, especially if you travel a lot...

    I can assure you that I don't need any excitement from the "probe department"...
    You could also turn off Hotspot 2.0 to help prevent automatically connecting to those.

    Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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