When You Don’t Want to Use Wi-Fi on Your iPad

There are many reasons you might not want to use a Wi-Fi connection when working with your iPad. Whether it’s to keep children off the internet, to keep your iPad from connecting to a non-optimal network, or another reason, here are two ways to limit Wi-Fi access.

Forget a Wi-Fi network

Having the iPad or iPad mini remember networks you’ve joined is certainly convenient, except, of course, when it’s not. For example, if you have a couple of networks nearby that you can join, you might connect to one and then realize that the other is better in some way (for example, it’s faster or cheaper).

Unfortunately, there’s a good chance your tablet will continue to connect to the network you don’t want every time it comes within range, which can be a real hassle. Rather than threatening to throw your tablet into the nearest trash can, you can tell it to forget the network you don’t want to use. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi Networks screen appears.

  3. Tap the blue More Info icon to the right of the network you want to forget. Settings displays the network’s settings screen.

  4. Tap Forget this Network. Settings asks you to confirm.

  5. Tap Forget. Settings discards the login data for the network and no longer connects to the network automatically.

Turn off the Wi-Fi antenna

The iPad or iPad mini Wi-Fi antenna is constantly on the lookout for nearby Wi-Fi networks. That’s useful because it means you always have an up-to-date list of networks to check out and the tablet’s location services (such as the Maps app) are more accurate, but it also takes a toll on the battery.

If you know you won’t be using Wi-Fi for a while, you can save some battery juice for more important pursuits by following these steps to turn off the Wi-Fi antenna:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings to launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi Networks screen appears.

  3. Tap the Wi-Fi switch to the Off position. Your tablet disconnects from your current Wi-Fi network and hides the Choose a Network list.

When you’re ready to resume your Wi-Fi duties, return to the Wi-Fi Networks screen and tap the Wi-Fi switch to the On position.

You can also toggle the Wi-Fi antenna off and on by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center and then tapping the Wi-Fi icon.