OS X and iOS: Stop the Annoying “Available Networks” Pop-Ups

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I don’t know about you, but when I want to join a Wi-Fi network, I do so deliberately. I don’t enjoy my iPhone constantly scanning for networks and then putting this little box all up in my face:

If you’ve got the same setting on for your Mac, it’ll do this as well if you’re not around any network you’ve previously joined:

So to stop this and get rid of those annoying pop-ups, you’ll visit Settings > Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad and then toggle off “Ask to Join Networks.”

On your Mac, that option is available under System Preferences > Network > Wi-Fi

Turn those off, and you’ll no longer be prompted to join any networks automatically! Which is especially awesome if you’re like me and unwanted dialog boxes make you irrationally angry. Yes, yes, I know that’s not healthy.

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Thanks for this reminder, yes it’s very annoying and now I’ve turned it off!

Nicolas diPierro

The tradeoff, as I understand it, is one of surveillance and potentially unwanted location tracking. When you turn off “Ask to Join Networks” your iPhone is regularly announcing itself to Wi-Fi networks in the background to see if any of them are your preferred network. (Perhaps someone can correct and/or clarify this.)

Also your iPhone will automatically join public, open Wi-Fi networks which can be a security threat you’d rather not expose yourself to.

Lee Dronick

Oh yeah. Furthermore my cell service data is often faster than free WiFi.


Yeah, and cell service is probably more secure.

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