Here’s how to turn WiFi off on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 11. Apple changed how the Control Center works with iOS 11. When you tap the WiFi button in the Control Center you just disconnect from your current WiFi network. This doesn’t actually turn WiFi off.
Apple set this up so that you can disconnect from WiFi, but you can still use AirDrop and so that your iPhone or iPad can connect to another network automatically when you get near one you’ve previously joined.
Many users want to turn WiFi off completely on the iPhone or iPad for security or simply for personal preference. Here’s how to do that.
How to Turn iPhone WiFi Off on iOS 11
The video above walks you through how to turn off iPhone WiFi in iOS 11. This works on later versions of iOS 11 and also on the iPad. You can follow the steps below if you prefer to skip past the video. Simply swiping up and using the WiFi option in the Control Center will not turn WiFi off. This is the same for using 3D Touch to go to the more advanced connection options in Control Center. To turn WiFi completely off you need to;
- Open Settings.
- Tap on Wi-Fi.
- Tap on the Wi-Fi off Toggle.
That’s all you need to do to turn WiFi off. Once you’ve turned it off, you can turn it back on from the Control Center by tapping on WiFi there. When it is off you will see a small line through the WiFi option in Control Center instead of it just being grayed out.
This is just one of the annoying iOS 11 features that you will need to learn to live with if you upgrade to iOS 11. You cannot downgrade to iOS 10 anymore. Once you upgrade you are on iOS 11 forever. The iPhone X and iPhone 8 come with iOS 11 installed. You can check out the iOS 11 tips and tricks that will help you get more out of your iPhone below.