Auto-Join – How to Pick and Choose Your Wi-Fi Networks on iPhone

Smartphones are so smart that sometimes their smartness becomes a hassle. Have you ever seen your iPhone auto-joining a Wi-Fi network you do not want to use?

The problem is once you’ve connected to a Wi-Fi network, your iPhone will remember it and automatically connect to it again when you are within the network’s range. This happens even if the Wi-Fi network has a slow internet connection, slower than your cellular data, or does not have any connection at all.

If you prefer to only join a certain Wi-Fi network manually, say your Wi-Fi at work, or if you would like to have your iPhone always choose one Wi-Fi network over another, you can easily do it.

The Solution

I’ll be using my Wi-Fi setup at home as an example.

I have two routers at home and each router has its own Wi-Fi network, one called AirPort Express and the other NETGEARFreeWiFi. Each Wi-Fi network also has a 2.4 GHz band and a 5 GHz band.

Home Wi-Fi Setup

Because I use the NETGEARFreeWiFi most of the time, I have Auto-Join enabled for this network and disable for other networks.

To enable or disable Auto-Join on a Wi-Fi network, go to Settings, then WLAN, tap the Info button (blue i in a circle), and then toggle Auto-Join on or off.

With Auto-Join on for NETGEARFreeWiFi, my iPhone is still able to discover all my networks but it will only join NETGEARFreeWiFi automatically.

Auto-Join Enabled for Wi-Fi Network

Auto-Join Disabled for Wi-Fi Network

Now imagine you would like for your iPhone to always stay on the cellular connection when you are at work because the office Wi-Fi connection is never good. You can easily do this too by turning Auto-Join off for your office Wi-Fi.

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How to Share Files Wirelessly between Mac and PC

Ever had the need to share files wirelessly between two computers? In today’s tutorial, we look at how to access files stored on a PC running Windows 10 from a Mac running macOS Catalina. 

To begin, both computers need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

    • On the PC, click on the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen to see which network it is connected to
    • On the Mac, the Wi-Fi icon is located on the menu bar on the top of the screen

Wi-Fi Connections on PC

Wi-Fi Connections on Mac

  • Once we confirm both computers are on the same network, follow these three steps to enable file sharing on the PC.
    1. Right click on the folder we want to share and then select Properties
    2. In the Properties window, go to the Sharing tab and click on Share
    3. In the Network access window, click on Share to confirm the action

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We will be accessing the folder on the PC from the Mac using Microsoft’s SMB (Server Message Block) protocol. To do that, we need the PC’s IPv4 address which we can find following these two steps.

    1. Click on Properties on the Wi-Fi network the PC is connected to
    2. In the Settings window that appears, scroll down to the bottom to find the IPv4 address

Alternatively, we could do an ipconfig in the Command Prompt to find the IPv4 address.

In addition to the IPv4 address, we also need our account name and password for the PC.

Now let’s head over to the Mac and follow these steps to access the folder we just shared on the PC.

    1. Open Finder and press Command (⌘) + K
    2. In the Connect to Server window, type in the PC’s IPv4 address and click on Connect
    3. Type in the account name and password for the PC (not the Mac ID and password)
    4. Select the shared folder and click on OK and Voilà!

 

In today’s tutorial, we looked at how to share files wirelessly between a PC and a Mac on the same Wi-Fi network. Do you find this quick tutorial useful? Got a question you want to ask? Let us know in the comments!