Windows 10 comes with WiFi Sense, a feature that is designed to make connecting to WiFi networks easier. WiFi Sense automatically makes your computer try and connect to WiFi networks that it identifies as open WiFi hotspots or WiFi networks that the your friends are connected to or have connected to in the past, among a couple of other functions that it also carries out. However, in some cases, WiFi Sense does more harm than good, in that it induces an issue where an affected Windows 10 computer disconnects from the WiFi network it is already connected to within a few minutes of establishing a viable connection, only to try and connect to another WiFi network nearby which is not only secured with a password but it has also never successfully connected to before.
This problem is pretty severe as no one can live with a Windows 10 computer that keeps disconnecting from the WiFi network it is connected to every few minutes. Well, thankfully, this issue is entirely fixable, and all an affected user needs to do in order to resolve this problem is disable a couple of specific features of WiFi Sense. In order to fix this problem, you need to:
Solution 1: Disabling Wifi Sense
Open the Start Menu.
Click on Settings.
Click on Network & Internet.
In the left pane of the Settings window, click on WiFi.
In the right pane of the window, click on Manage WiFi settings.
Scroll down to the WiFi Sense
Disable as many of the following options as you can find under the WiFi Sense heading:
Connect to suggested open hotspots
Connect to networks shared by my friends
Save your changes by clicking on Apply and/or OK/Save.
Note: Wifi Sense Has been removed from later versions of Windows. Therefore, in newer versions, the options can be found under the Hotspot Settings.
Once the features listed above have been disabled, WiFi Sense should no longer cause your computer to disconnect from a WiFi network it is already connected to in order to try and connect to a different, password-secured network.
Solution 2: Changing Power Management Settings
In some cases, the computer turns off certain features in order to conserve power. One of these features might be the Wifi or the Network adapter. Therefore, in this step, we will be changing certain power management settings for optimal performance. For that:
- Press “Windows” + “R” buttons simultaneously to open the Run prompt.
- Type in “Control Panel” and press “enter”.
- Click on the “Hardware and Sound” option and select the “Power Options” button.
- Check the “High Performance” option and click on “Change Plan Settings“.
- Click on the “Change Advanced Power Settings” option and double click on the “Wireless Adapter Settings” dropdown.
- Double click on the “Power Saving Mode” dropdown and then select the “Settings” dropdown.
- Click on the “Maximum Performance” option and click on “Apply“.
- Click on “OK” to save your settings.
- Navigate back to the desktop and press “Windows” + “R” buttons again to open the Run prompt.
- Type in “devmgmt.msc” and press “Enter“.
- Double click on the “Network Adapters” option and right-click on the network adapter you are using.
- Click on “Properties” and then select the “Power Management
- Uncheck all the options and click on the “Apply” button.
- Click on “OK” to save your changes and restart your computer.
- Check to see if the issue persists.