WiFi keeps reconnecting

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by mrt.plt, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. mrt.plt macrumors member

    mrt.plt

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    Hi,

    I know that WiFi isn't turned off when I turn it off from the control centre, and I have no problems with that. But sometimes when I 'turn it off' from control centre it reconnects to a WiFi network in like 10 minutes, which is really annoying when you're walking and having a Skype call using LTE network.

    Has anyone encountered a similar problem?
     
  2. dcp10 macrumors 6502

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    Do you have multiple WiFi networks configured? If so, turn off Auto Join for each one
     
  3. mrt.plt thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, indeed. Montreal has free public Wi-Fi throughout the city that my phone automatically connects to, it also connects to my university Wi-Fi etc. So unless I turn off Auto Join for each one my phone will keep connecting to them despite the fact that it's 'turned off' (even though the radio itself is turned on)
     
  4. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

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    If you’re on iOS 11 and disconnecting from WiFi with control center, your WiFi radios are still on. If you press the settings icon and tap Wi-Fi you can turn it off completely from there.
     
  5. mrt.plt thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, that was supposed to be 'turned on'
    From the link you posted, I understand that it'll keep connecting to new networks as I walk to a new location. Thanks!
     
  6. dcp10 macrumors 6502

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    It will unless you disable Ask to join networks. I keep mine off due to the security risk.
     
  7. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

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    Yeah it can seem annoying at first but actually over time, i’ve gotten used to it and kind of like the new approach. Usually.
     
  8. Kellywlowman macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Nov 6, 2017 ---

    My situation is similar to yours...even if I turn off in settings, it still comes back on. What a pain it is to constantly be aware of the fact that I may be connected to an insecure network before logging into a bank account (for example)—when I think I’m using data, I’m actually logged into Starbucks because there’s a Starbucks nearby...

    Additionally, I am a school teacher, and the network has tight controls over access to YouTube, Facebook, etc. I have to turn my wifi off (in settings) all day long because it re-connects every five minutes. I should note that I am not doing anything scandalous but am often looking for video clips for class, etc. (during meetings or walking in hallways ;-) and am blocked from doing so (teachers have open access when connected with school-issued laptops—phones can only connect to the public server, so on my phone, I am seen as a student).

    Yesterday I walked my daughter to a friend’s house up the street and had my wifi off (turned off in settings) and attempted to search the Target website on my way home...at some point, my phone connected to a very weak Xfinity network and Safari could not open the page (had perhaps 2 bars so not strong enough to execute a search). I again turned wifi off in settings only to find I’ve re-connected to another Xfinity network about 5 houses away...same story—not strong enough to execute a search...I am not sure if it was the same Xfinity network or a different one as they’re all over the city/my neighborhood—a very nice benefit from Xfinity, but I’m also prevented from searching at red lights while driving only to find that I’m connected to a weak Xfinity network.

    I’ve now turned off “connect automatically” and will see how that plays out today. (I hate to “forget” access to Xfinity because it is useful at times—“forgetting” and reconnecting/logging in is time-consuming—my user name/xfinity email addy and password are long, and I inevitably do not have my reading glasses with me when attempting to log in at the park, while shopping or at the doc office with my kids.

    It just occurs to me that I’ve been having trouble streaming podcasts while driving...though I turn wifi off in settings when I leave the house, I am guessing that my phone finds weak (but strong enough to connect) Xfinity signals throughout town and my podcast app (Stitcher) will buffer until I am again out of that particular Xfinity range (only to buffer again five minutes later).

    N.B. I started yesterday with a full charge, but from walking my daughter to and from her friend’s house, running to Target for a few items, and running another errand, my phone’s battery died entirely too quickly—it was at 12% @ 3 p.m. or so. Prior to the update, my phone held a charge all day (at 40-50% when I plugged in around 7 p.m.). On Saturday, I hardly used my phone...was in the car for around 1.5 hours, hosted my son’s birthday party, picked up his cake, and took the boys to the pool (none of my destinations had wifi access), and my phone’s battery died by 4:00 p.m.—that has never happened!

    I apologize for the long message but am hoping someone from Apple reads my post and realizes just how detrimental their “we will force you to purchase a new phone” game is to iPhone users (if that was indeed their intent as others have suggested).
     

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