How to Turn On or Off WiFi autoSwitch on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Wi-Fi autoSwitch feature when using Windows 11. When autoSwitch (WLANProfile) is enabled, Windows will automatically connect to a more preferred network whenever the preferred network comes into range.

This may be useful in a multi-WiFi networks environment. However, this can also result in a higher frequency of periodic scanning for new networks, and may increase radio frequency pollution and power consumption used by the wireless network adapter.

So basically, when Windows is connected to an existing Wi-Fi network, it periodically scans for a more preferred network. When a preferred network comes into range, Windows automatically switches to that network instead. This is done with no disconnects. However, not all transitions are without issues.

This feature is disabled by default in Windows 11. If you prefer to use it, you can simply turn it on with few clicks. Or if you’re experiencing issues with frequent disconnects or Wi-Fi instability, you may want to turn it off if autoSwitch is enabled.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with turning on or off autoSwitch feature on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to enable Wi-Fi autoSwitch on Windows 11

As mentioned above, this feature is disabled by default on Windows 11. If you want to turn it on and see if it helps you, use the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet , then select Advanced network settings on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 advanced network settings

On the Advanced network settings pane, select More network adapter options as shown below.

windows 11 more network adapter options

This will open the network connections in the control panel. Right-click on the Wi-Fi connection, and select Status as shown below.

windows 11 wifi status page

On the Status settings pane, click on Wireless Properties as shown below

windows 11 wireless properties button

Next, check the box for “Look for other wireless networks while connected to this network” to enable Wi-Fi autoSwitch.

windows 11 enable look for other wireless networks while connected to this network

Click OK to save your changes and exit.

How to disable WiFi autoSwitch on Windows 11

If you change your mind and Wi-Fi autoSwitch isn’t working as expected, you can simply disable it by reversing the steps above and going to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Networks & internet ==> Advanced network settings ==> More network adapter options ==> Right-clicking on the Wi-Fi connecting and selecting Status.

Then click the Wireless Properties and uncheck the box for “Look for other wireless networks while connected to this network” to disable Wi-Fi autoSwitch.

windows 11 disable look for other wireless networks while connected to this network

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off Wi-Fi autoSwitch when using Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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