How to Forget a Wifi Network on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on your Mac can be useful in various situations. Whether you want to remove an old network that you no longer use, or if you need to troubleshoot connectivity issues, this article will guide you through the process. In this tutorial, we will explore the steps to forget a Wi-Fi network on Mac.

Step 1: Accessing Network Preferences

To forget a Wi-Fi network on your Mac, start by accessing the Network Preferences. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on “Network.”

This will open the Network Preferences window where you can manage your network connections.

Step 2: Selecting Wi-Fi Network

In the Network Preferences window, locate and select the “Wi-Fi” option from the left-hand side pane. This will display all available Wi-Fi networks in the main window.


If your Wi-Fi is turned off, click on the lock icon and enter your administrator password to make changes.

Step 3: Forgetting a Wi-Fi Network

To forget a specific Wi-Fi network, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the desired network from the list of available networks.
  2. Right-click or Ctrl+click on the network name to open a contextual menu.
  3. Select “Forget This Network” from the menu options.

You will be prompted to confirm your action. Click on “Forget” to proceed.

Step 4: Confirming Network Forgetting

Once you have clicked on “Forget,” the selected Wi-Fi network will be removed from your Mac’s known networks. You will no longer automatically connect to this network.

If you ever need to join the forgotten Wi-Fi network again, you will need to manually reconnect and enter the network password when prompted.


This process only removes the network from your Mac and does not affect any other devices or users connected to the same network.


Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on your Mac is a straightforward process. By following these steps, you can easily remove unwanted or problematic networks from your device. Remember that forgetting a network only affects your Mac, and other devices connected to the same network will remain unaffected.

Now that you know how to forget a Wi-Fi network on Mac, you can efficiently manage your network connections and troubleshoot any connectivity issues that may arise.

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