In this tutorial, we will learn how to forget a Wi-Fi network on a Mac. Forgetting a Wi-Fi network can be useful in situations where you no longer want your Mac to automatically connect to a specific network or if you are experiencing connectivity issues.
Step 1: Open Network Preferences
To forget a Wi-Fi network, first, open the Network Preferences on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences.” In the System Preferences window, click on the “Network” icon.
Step 2: Select Wi-Fi
In the Network window, you will see a list of available network connections on the left side. Select the “Wi-Fi” option from the list.
Step 3: Click Advanced
Once you have selected Wi-Fi, click on the “Advanced” button located at the bottom right corner of the window. This will open the Advanced Wi-Fi settings.
Step 4: Choose Preferred Networks
In the Advanced Wi-Fi settings, you will see a tab called “Wi-Fi.” Click on this tab to view and manage your preferred networks. These are networks that your Mac automatically connects to when they are available.
If you want to forget a specific network that is not in your preferred networks list, skip to step 6.
Step 5: Remove Preferred Network
To remove a preferred network from your list, select it and click on the “-” button located below the list. This will remove it from your preferred networks and prevent your Mac from automatically connecting to it in the future.
If you have multiple preferred networks and want to forget all of them, you can remove them one by one using the “-” button or use the “Remove All” button to clear the entire list.
Step 6: Forget Other Networks
If you want to forget a Wi-Fi network that is not in your preferred networks list, click on the “Wi-Fi” tab in the Advanced settings. Here, you will see a list of all the Wi-Fi networks your Mac has connected to in the past.
Forgetting a network from this list will prevent your Mac from automatically connecting to it if it is in range, but it will still be visible in the list of available networks.
Step 7: Select Network to Forget
Select the network you want to forget from the list and click on the “-” button below. This will remove it from your known networks, and your Mac will no longer automatically connect to it.
Step 8: Apply Changes
After removing all the preferred and known networks that you want to forget, click on the “OK” button in the Advanced settings window. Then click on the “Apply” button in the Network Preferences window to save your changes.
Congratulations! You have successfully forgotten Wi-Fi networks on your Mac. Remember that forgetting a network does not delete its saved password or prevent you from manually connecting to it again if needed.