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

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

Basically, when Windows is connected to an existing Wi-Fi network, it periodically searches for a more preferred network. A preferred network comes into range, Windows automatically switches to that network instead. This is done without disconnections. However, not all transitions are smooth.

This feature is disabled by default in Windows 11. If you prefer to use it, you can simply activate it with a few clicks. Or if you’re having trouble with frequent disconnects or Wi-Fi instability, you might want to turn it off if it’s enabled.

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

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

To start enabling or disabling the AutoSwitch feature in Windows 11, please follow the steps below.

How to enable automatic Wi-Fi switching in Windows 11

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

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Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

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

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Network and Internet , then select Advanced network settings on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 advanced network settings

In the Advanced Network Settings panel, select More Network Adapter Options

Windows 11 plus network adapter options

This will open the network connections in the control panel. Right click on the Wifi connection and select State As shown below.

windows 11 wifi status page

About him State configuration panel, click Wireless properties As shown below

windows 11 wireless properties button

Then check the box «Search for other wireless networks while connected to this network”To enable automatic Wi-Fi switching.

Windows 11 allows you to search for other wireless networks while connected to this network

Click OK to save your changes and exit.

How to disable WiFi autoSwitch in 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 ==> Network and Internet ==> Advanced network settings ==> Right-click on the Wi-Fi connection and select State.

Then click on Wireless Properties and uncheck the box for «Search for other wireless networks while connected to this network”To disable automatic Wi-Fi switching.

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Windows 11 disables searching for other wireless networks while connected to this network

You should do that!

Conclusion:

In this tutorial we have seen how to turn Wi-Fi autoSwitch on or off when using Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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