How to Stop Wi-Fi from Turning on Automatically on Android

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We’re connected to the Internet nearly 24/7 – on our phones and TVs, through our smart speakers. But maybe you want to switch off every now and then, just tune out and not be hooked into the online hive mind all the time.

Your Android phone is a key way to do this. You may find that the Wi-Fi on your Android phone turns on automatically when you’re near strong or known networks, and here we’re going to show you how to stop your phone from doing this.

By default, your Android phone may be turning on automatically when you’re near one of your saved networks, but you may not always want this!

To turn this feature off, go to “Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi -> Wi-Fi preferences.”

Stop Wifi Turning On Automatically Android Wifi Preferences

On this screen, tap the “Turn on Wi-Fi automatically” slider so that it’s set to the Off position. (While you’re at it, make sure “Connect to open networks” is off too.)

Stop Wifi Turning On Automatically Android

And that’s pretty much it! You’ll now be connecting to the Wi-Fi around you on your own terms, which will save you battery, give you more control over the influx of information coming in from your 1000 apps, and give you a bit of a breather.

While you’re playing around on your Android phone, how about learning how to find downloaded files on any Android device? To dig even deeper, you should install TWRP recovery, which will give you more control over your data, let you sideload apps, and handle other under-the-hood functionality.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.


  1. I’ve always had those settings turned off but my wifi is turning on by itself nonetheless.

  2. I do not trust wifi I won’t use wifi that’s why I pay for unlimited data plan bduh

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