Delete Old Wi-Fi Networks in Windows 10


If you are like me and carry a laptop or similar with you on trips and vacations, you will no doubt be connecting your device through various Wi-Fi networks at different locations. Windows 10 maintains a record of all these network settings for easy access and they can mount up after a time. I checked mine the other day and there were a dozen or so relating to motels and hotels I’d stayed in. That’s fine if the location is a regular and frequent destination but if it’s a one-off you might like to delete those redundant networks. Here’s how:

  • Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet and click Wi-Fi (in the left hand column).
  • Now click Manage Wi-Fi Settings:

network and internet

  • Scroll down toward the bottom of the Manage Wi-Fi Settings window until you see the option to Manage known networks.
  • Click on the entry you want to delete and two buttons will appear. Simply click the Forget button:

manage known networks

That’s all there is to it. It’s not a bad idea to go through those settings periodically and delete any networks that you’re unlikely to use again.

 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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