Question from Donna T.: I have a Sprint Samsung smart phone running Android (no clue what version). It drives me crazy by automatically connecting to my wireless network every time I walk into the house. Even if I turn Wi-Fi off on the phone, the next thing I know it has connected again.
I never use my phone with my home Wi-Fi network and I’d like to prevent it from automatically connecting to it. How do I do that?
Rick‘s answer: Donna, Android phones love to automatically connect to the strongest Wi-Fi signal available at any given moment if that network has been stored in the phone’s list of “remembered” Wi-Fi networks. The solution is to instruct your phone to “forget” about your home wireless network. Here’s how:
1 – Tap the Settings icon.
2 – Tap Wireless and Network.
3 – Tap Wi-Fi settings.
4 – Scroll down until you see the listing for your home Wi-Fi network, then touch and hold the network name until a menu pops up.
5 – Tap Forget Network.
Your phone should now ignore your home Wi-Fi network until you decide that you want to connect to it again, in which case you’ll need to enter the network password unless your Wi-Fi network is open (not encrypted and password protected). If you have an open network, I strongly recommend that you encrypt it. This post explains why.
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