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How to Really Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11

Nancy Messieh 10-10-2017

While it may seem that you can turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in the iOS 11 control center How to Use iOS 11's Customizable Control Center on iPhone and iPad Wondering how to disable AirDrop, enable Night Shift, or change AirPlay output for the song you’re listening to? We'll show you how. Read More  simply by toggling the feature off, that’s not exactly the case.


If you open up the Control Center and toggle off Wi-Fi, what actually happens? You’re disconnected from your current network and your phone doesn’t search for new networks. If you toggle off Bluetooth, you’re disconnected from connected devices and your phone stops searching for new devices.

But Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your phone actually remain turned on, meaning that they will continue to draw on your iPhone’s battery. It also means that certain features like AirDrop, Continuity features including Handoff and Instant Hotspot, AirPlay, and location services will remain active. Your iOS device will also remain connected to your Apple Watch or Pencil.

Aside from draining your battery, this intentional Apple feature opens users to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth security risks 4 Smartphone Security Risks To Be Aware Of There seems to be a sort of general malaise among users – the tech savvy and everyday users alike – that because your computer fits in your pocket, it can’t be infected by malware, Trojans,... Read More  that you think may not be applicable because your features are “off.”

How to Really Turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Off

To really turn these features off, you’ll have to go to Settings > WiFi and Settings > Bluetooth.

How to Really Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11 WiFi Bluetooth


What do you think of Apple making this a feature in iOS 11? Do you think they should change it? Let us know in the comments. 

Related topics: Bluetooth, iOS 11, Wi-Fi.

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  1. Rajendra Singh Bidawat
    October 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Yes these should be permanently turned off from control Center.

  2. Rajendra Singh Bidawat
    October 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Yes, wi-if and bluethoot should be permanently off from control Center

  3. Chief
    October 12, 2017 at 5:01 am

    With today's increased cyber threat, this is one of those changes that leaves you thinking "what in the world were they thinking". This setting needs to go away to the place where bad ideas live in exile.

  4. Armando
    October 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Or, you can turn Airplane Mode ON from the Control Center, which disables both =)

    • Rahul Sarode
      October 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      And also the turn off the main feature of an iPhone being 'Phone". You must be smoking the same thing the developers of Apple were smoking.