How to Stop Annoying Wi-Fi Network Prompts on Your iPhone

Do you get constant annoying Wi-Fi prompts on your iPhone? The Select a Wireless Network dialog is a handy convenience if you’re not sure whether a Wi-Fi network is available. However, as you move around town, you may find that dialog popping up all over the place as new Wi-Fi networks come within range (although iOS is smart enough not to prompt when you’re moving quickly — such as when driving).

This constant tapping of the Cancel button can wear down your finger to the bone. However, you can just tell your iPhone to shut up already with the Wi-Fi prompting. Here’s how:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings.

    The Settings app appears.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi.

    iPhone opens the Wi-Fi Networks screen.

  3. Tap the Ask to Join Networks switch to Off.

    Your iPhone no longer prompts you with nearby networks. Whew!

Okay, so now you are no longer seeing the prompts. But, how do you connect to a Wi-Fi network if you don’t even know it’s there? That’s a good question, and here’s a good answer:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings.

    Your iPhone displays the Settings app.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi.

    The Wi-Fi Networks screen appears, and the Choose a Network list shows you the available Wi-Fi networks.

  3. Tap the network you want to use.

    If the network is protected by a password, your iPhone prompts you to enter it.

  4. Use the keyboard to tap the password.

  5. Tap Join.

    The iPhone connects to the network and adds the Wi-Fi network signal strength icon to the status bar.