How to Hide a WiFi Network Name (SSID) in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to hide a Wi-Fi network name or SSID from showing up among available networks in Windows 11. By default, when you click on the WiFi settings in Windows 11, it will scan and display all networks within range.

If there are networks within range that you do not ever want to connect to or have offensive names, you can block them in Windows so they’re not listed among available networks in the Wi-Fi networks pane.

There are some tools that one can use to block networks from displaying in the Wi-Fi connections list. However, Windows can do this easily without needed additional software or app. When you block a network SSID, it will never be shown among available networks. This is an easy to to accomplish it and we’ll show you how to do that below.

You have two options to to stop displaying other Wi-Fi networks in Windows. You can block individual WiFi network or block all then whitelist yours only.

Below we’ll show you how to do that.

How to stop showing your neighbor’s WiFi in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can block a WiFi network from displaying among available networks in Windows 11. Below is how to do that.

By default, you’ll see similar Wi-Fi connection pane everytime you wish to connect to a new Wi-Fi network. Windows allows you to hide individual or all the networks that are broadcasting.

windows 11 show available wifi network

To hide a network or all networks on the connecting pane, open the Command Prompt as administrator.

windows 11 command prompt administrator

Next, run the commands below to block individual Wi-Fi SSID from showing up among available network in our WiFi connection settings.

netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=YYYYYYYY networktype=infrastructure
netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=XXXXXXXX networktype=infrastructure

Replacing YYYYYYYY and XXXXXXXX with the Wi-Fi SSID you want to block in Windows.

When you do that, the highlighted SSID will be hidden from the available networks pane.

How to block all WiFi SSID and whitelist yours

Alternatively, you can block all available networks from displaying in the window and only show yours (the one whitelisted).

To do that, open the Command Prompt as administrator.

Then run the commands below to deny all network from showing on the available list.

netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure

Next, whitelist the network you want shown on the available list, including yours.

netsh wlan add filter permission=allow ssid=ZZZZZZZZ networktype=infrastructure

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to block networks from showing among the available network lists. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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