Sometimes your WiFi may give you several problems while trying to connect to your computer or device. From limited access, to continuously disconnecting for no reason, there could be several factors behind the connectivity issues. You can’t always find the problem in one go, because it could either be a router issue, a network issue or maybe even a hardware issue.
And it isn’t possible to troubleshoot each and every issue that pops up, which is why commonly you can forget a network to reset its settings and then reconnect it. Or forget networks that you no longer need to connect to such as public WiFi and etc. Forgetting a network removes all saved settings and lets you reconnect to the WiFi again with default settings.
The process to do so differs depending on which operating system you’re using. The following article is a step by step guide on how to forget a WiFi network on Mac.
Firstly, you’ll need to click on the Wifi icon on your Finder bar. This will open a list of available WiFi networks in the vicinity, or whichever network you’re connected to. After that click on Open Network Preferences, which you can find at the bottom of the drop down menu. Through this option, you can find further advanced settings for your network.
In this section, you can either add or remove adapters, turn your WiFi off and on, to automatically connect to networks or manually, location and etc. Click on “Advanced” at the bottom of the window. In this section you will see a lot of preferences and other network options such as TCP/IP, hardware etc. From here, you can also prioritize different types of networks if you regularly change between WiFi. To do this, all you have to do is drag your preferred network to the top.
And next time, the computer will automatically prioritize to connect to this network. You can also drag down least preferred networks to the bottom of the list.
To forget a network, you’ll have to click on it and then click on the minus sign at the bottom, and the network will be forgotten. After this, you can reboot and then try to reconnect to the network and see if it worked. If it’s still giving you issues, then there might be something wrong with the network instead.