All the information about WiFi such as SSID, password or security key, etc is saved whenever you connect to a new WiFi network for the first time. Windows 10 saves this information because the next time you need to connect to the same WiFi network you just need to click on the Connect button and rest will be taken care by Windows automatically. This will save you the hassle of entering the password every time you want to connect to the same network.
Although, Windows can literally store an unlimited number of saved WiFi network profiles but sometimes you can’t connect to the saved WiFi network because of the corrupt profile. In such cases, you need to manually forget the saved WiFi network in order to delete the WiFi profile from your PC. After you forgot the WiFi network, you will need to enter the password for the WiFi network in order to connect and the profile for the WiFi will be again created from the scratch.
However, there are times when you simply want to remove all the WiFi network profiles which aren’t being utilized, so why keep these profiles stored on your system? You may proceed to completely delete such profiles from Windows 10. And it is a good step to remove the old WiFi profiles from your PC because of some security & privacy concerns as well. In this article, we will discuss various ways to remove or delete the Wi-Fi profiles that you do not want to use in the future.
IMPORTANT: If you Forget a saved WiFi network that doesn’t mean that Windows 10 will stop discovering it, so there is absolutely no issue in forgetting saved WiFi network since you can again connect to the same network anytime using the password.
What are the benefits of removing or forgetting a particular Wi-Fi network on your system?
As we all know that with the rapid innovation in technology we easily get Wi-Fi network wherever we are, be it shopping complex, friend’s home or any public area. If you have used a particular Wi-Fi network, Windows will store its information and create a profile. Whenever you use a new network, it will be added in the list. It will increase your WiFi network list unnecessarily. Moreover, there are some privacy issues as well associated with this. Therefore, it is always recommended to keep only the secured Wi-Fi network profiles stored on your system and remove others.
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3 Ways to Forget a Wi-Fi network on Windows 10
Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.
So without wasting any time let’s see how to delete a WiFi network connection on Windows 10 using the below-listed methods.
Method 1: Forget Wi-Fi Network using Windows 10 Settings
1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Network & Internet.
2.Here you need to choose the “Wi-Fi” from the left-hand window pane then click on the “Manage known networks” link.
3.Here you will locate a list of all networks you have ever connected. Select the network that you want to forget or remove. Upon selection, you will get two options – Share and Forget.
4.Click on Forget button and it’s done.
Next time when you connect your device with that network, Windows will have to store all its data and create a profile from scratch. Therefore, it is always recommended to forget those networks that you are not going to connect in the future.
Method 2: Forget Wi-Fi Network via the Taskbar
This method is the quickest method to forget a particular Wi-Fi network. You don’t need to open Settings or Control Panel or type any types of command, instead just follow these simple steps:
1.In the notification area, you need to click on the Wi-Fi icon.
2.Once the network list opens, right-click on the Wi-Fi network that you want to remove, click on Forget option.
After completing the steps, you will no longer see that network in your saved network list. Isn’t the easiest way to forget the Wi-Fi network on Windows 10?
Method 3: Delete a Saved Wi-Fi Network using Command Prompt
If you are a tech-savvy person then you can easily execute commands on Command Prompt to forget a particular Wi-Fi network profile. You can even try this method if all the above methods fail.
1.Type cmd in Windows Search bar then right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. You can also open elevated command prompt using this guide.
2.Once the Command Prompt opens, type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:
netshwlan show profiles
3.Thereafter, you need to type below command into cmd to remove a particular Wi-Fi profile and hit Enter:
netshwlan delete profile name=”WIFI NAME TO REMOVE”
Note: Make sure to replace the “WiFi Name To Remove” with the actual Wi-Fi network name that you want to remove.
4.If you want to remove all network at once, type this command and hit Enter: netshwlan delete profile name=* i=*
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I hope the above steps were helpful and now you can easily forget a Wi-Fi network on Windows 10, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.