Use bluetooth and Wi-Fi in Control Centre

Learn how to control Wi-Fi and bluetooth from Control Centre on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

About Wi-Fi and bluetooth

When you toggle the Wi-Fi or bluetooth buttons in Control Centre, your device immediately disconnects from Wi-Fi and bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can still use these features:

  • AirDrop
  • AirPlay
  • Apple Pencil
  • Apple Watch
  • Continuity features, like Handoff and Instant Hotspot
  • Instant Hotspot
  • Location Services
  • Unlock with Apple Watch

Disconnect from Wi-Fi networks

Open Control Centre on your iPhone or iPod touch, or iPad, and tap the Wi-Fi button the Wi-Fi icon. The icon dims and your device disconnects from any network that you're connected to.

While Wi-Fi is disabled, auto-join for any nearby Wi-Fi networks is also disabled until:

  • You turn on Wi-Fi in Control Centre.
  • You connect to a Wi-Fi network in Settings > Wi-Fi.
  • You walk or drive to a new location. 
  • It's 5 AM local time.
  • You restart your device.

Disconnect from bluetooth accessories

Open Control Centre on your iPhone or iPod touch, or iPad and tap the Bluetooth button the Bluetooth icon. The icon dims and your device disconnects from any accessory it's connected to, except for Apple Watch, Instant Hotspot, Apple Pencil and Continuity features like Handoff.

If bluetooth is turned off, you won’t be able to connect your iOS or iPadOS device to your bluetooth accessories until:

  • You turn on bluetooth in Control Centre.
  • You connect to a bluetooth accessory in Settings > Bluetooth, or by tapping the AirPlay icon  or  and selecting a bluetooth accessory.
  • It's 5 AM local time.
  • You restart your device.

Turn off Wi-Fi and bluetooth

If you want to completely disable Wi-Fi and bluetooth for all networks and devices, follow these steps:

  • To turn off Wi-Fi, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and turn off Wi-Fi.
  • To turn off bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn off bluetooth.

For the best experience on your iOS or iPadOS device, try to keep Wi-Fi and bluetooth turned on.

Aeroplane Mode may also turn off Wi-Fi and bluetooth, unless you turned them on while in Aeroplane Mode. Learn more about how to use Wi-Fi and bluetooth in Aeroplane Mode.

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