How to Forget a Network / WiFi on Mac

If your Mac constantly connects to some open Wi-Fi network, and you don’t want to, you can forget it from your computer. Here you can find how to do it.

Forget Wi-Fi Network

  1. Click the WiFi icon on your menu bar, and choose Open Network Preferences from the drop-down menu. (Or click on Apple’s menu, go to System Preferences, search for the Network icon and click on it.)
  2. Choose WiFi in the left panel, while in the network window.
  3. Now, click the Advanced button in the bottom right corner.
  4. Click on the WiFi (AirPort) tab and Highlight the network you want to disable in the Preferred Networks section.
  5. Click the minus sign below the Preferred Networks section to remove the Wi-Fi network.
  6. Confirm your action when asked, by clicking on Remove.

This will forget the selected network from your Mac, and you can repeat if you want to forget other Wi-Fi networks. Once you finish the process, macOS or OS X will not automatically join to removed networks. However, you cannot hide it completely so that it will never show up again as a choice. All the removed networks will be available if you want to manually connect to them later.

To prevent your Mac from notifying when new Wi-Fi networks are available you can do the following method.

Disable Ask to join new networks

  1. While in the Network Preferences, select WiFi in the left panel (if it’s not already).
  2. Now uncheck the boxAsk to join new networks.”
  3. Click Apply.
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