4 Ways to Remove a Saved Wi-Fi Network From Windows 11

By default, Windows 11 remembers any Wi-Fi networks you connect to. This allows Windows to automatically connect to the network whenever it is within range. If you don’t want that to happen, you can simply remove the network from your PC.

From time to time, you may want to delete some old Wi-Fi networks that you once connected to but never again. In this guide, we will show you four different ways to remove a saved Wi-Fi network from Windows 11.

The benefits of removing old Wi-Fi networks from Windows 11

While having a long list of saved Wi-Fi networks isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there may be times when you want to remove specific Wi-Fi networks from your PC.

For example, if you previously connected your PC to a free public network but don’t intend to use it again, it’s best to simply delete the network. Or maybe you don’t want your PC to automatically connect to a specific network when it’s in range. Furthermore, forgetting and rejoining a network also proves to be an effective solution to fix minor connection issues.

Over time, your PC can accumulate a long list of Wi-Fi networks that it won’t connect to. In such cases, it makes sense to remove old and unused Wi-Fi networks from your PC.

1. Delete a saved Wi-Fi network using the quick settings panel

The Quick Settings panel in Windows provides access to some commonly used settings. It also makes it easy to remove a saved Wi-Fi network from Windows 11.

Press Win + A to open the Quick Settings panel. Click the arrow pointing to the side next to the Wifi button. You will see a list of Wi-Fi networks, including the one you are currently connected to. Right click on the network you want to remove and select Forget.

Remove Wi-Fi network from quick settings panel
Delete a saved Wi-Fi network using the quick settings panel

Do you like to use the express settings in Windows? See how to customize the Quick Settings panel on your Windows 11 computer.

2. Delete a saved Wi-Fi network via the Settings app

If the Wi-Fi network you want to remove isn’t nearby, it won’t appear in the Quick Settings panel. In that case, you can use the Windows 11 Settings app to remove it.

To forget a Wi-Fi network through the Settings app:

  1. Press win + me to open the Settings app.
  2. navigate to network and internet tab and click Wifi.
  3. Click on Manage known networks.
  4. Click on the Forget next to a network to remove it. Remove Wi-Fi network in Windows from the settings app

And that’s it. Once you click on the Forget Windows will delete the network profile associated with that network.

3. Delete a saved Wi-Fi network with Command Prompt or PowerShell

Another option to delete a saved Wi-Fi network is to use a command line tool like Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell. You can easily forget about a Wi-Fi network by running a couple of commands in the terminal window. This is how you can do it.

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon on the taskbar or press win + S to open the search menu.
  2. Writes symbol of the system either windows powershell and select Execute as an administrator.
  3. select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
  4. In the console, type the following command and press Get into to view a list of Wi-Fi networks saved on your PC. netsh wlan show profiles
  5. Make a note of the name of the network profile you want to delete.
  6. Paste the following command, replace WIFIName with the name of the network and press Get into. netsh wlan delete profile name="WIFIName" Delete a saved Wi-Fi profile using Command Prompt

You can repeat the above command to remove as many networks as you like. Conveniently, the command line tool also allows you to remove all saved Wi-Fi networks at once. To do so, use this command:

netsh wlan delete profile name=* i=*

4. Delete a saved Wi-Fi network using the Registry Editor

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also use Registry Editor to remove a saved Wi-Fi network from Windows. Since deleting log files is risky, you should only use this method if the others don’t work.

If you decide to use this method, be sure to back up all your log files just in case. If you need help, check out our guide on backing up and restoring the Windows Registry and follow the steps there.

To remove a Wi-Fi network using Registry Editor:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Writes regedit and press Get into. This will open the Registry Editor.
  3. select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
  4. Use the left panel to navigate to Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > Current Version > Network List > Profiles.
  5. Within profiles key, you will find several subkeys. Each key represents a network profile.
  6. Select a subkey and find the Name of profile DWORD to its right to identify the name of the network.
  7. Once you find the key corresponding to your network, right click on it and select Delete.
  8. select Yes to confirm. Remove Wi-Fi network in Windows using Registry Editor

Once you complete the above steps, the saved profile will be removed from your system.

How to reconnect to a forgotten Wi-Fi network in Windows 11

You can always reconnect to a Wi-Fi network later after forgetting it. For that, you will have to manually select the network and enter the password for authentication.

To connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 11, touch Win + A to open the Quick Settings panel. Click the arrow next to the Wi-Fi button to see a list of nearby networks. Select the network you want to connect to and click the Connect button. Enter the password for that network and you should be good.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network Windows 11
How to reconnect to a forgotten Wi-Fi network in Windows 11

Of course, this is not the only way to connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows. Check out our guide on different ways to connect to Wi-Fi in Windows for more information.

Deleting saved Wi-Fi networks from Windows 11

Although there are no significant downsides to keeping the old Wi-Fi networks on your PC, you may want to remove some of them just to keep things tidy. Fortunately, Windows 11 offers ample ways to remove unused Wi-Fi networks.

In addition to removing old Wi-Fi networks, you can also manage wireless network profiles in Windows in different ways.

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