Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

Windows usually connects to networks in this order – Ethernet, Wi?Fi and then Mobile broadband. Whenever you connect to a new Wi?Fi network, it’s added and stored in the list of profiles by Windows. The details stored in the profile could include its name, password, encryption method used, SSID, etc. Over a period of time this list of profiles can increase. At such a time, or to preserve your privacy, you may want to delete or remove the profiles. In this post we will see how you can remove, delete or forget Wireless Network Profiles using Windows 10 Settings app.

Delete, remove or forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

Press Win+I to open the Settings app. Select Network & Internet. Next click on Wi-Fi in the left panel. There you will see a link Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Click on it.

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In the window which opens, you will see two settings – Wi-Fi Sense and Manage known networks. Under Manage known networks, select the network, and you will see two options – Share and Forget.

Forget Wireless Network Profiles

Click on Forget. This will delete the Wireless Network’s profile and connection details.

You can also manually delete WiFi Network Profiles in Windows 10 using the netsh wlan  command in the Command Prompt or by editing the Windows Registry.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

35 Comments

  1. JeremyV

    Thanks! I had to reset my my router and could not figure it out. Thanks for the guide to help people fix this issue.

  2. howtostartablogin15minutes.blo

    Thanks a lot. This helped me real good.

  3. Mark E. Campbell

    Is there an easy way to UNforget a network?

  4. Audrey

    Thank you. I was crying trying to figure this out with my new modem. You are an angel.

  5. Arthur Ganga

    I cannot figure out how to unForget my wifi network in windows 10.

  6. Arthur Ganga

    Have you found a way to Unforget a wifi network?

  7. Mark E. Campbell

    No – we just had to rename our network to a new name. Crazy!

  8. aaa

    windows ten fkng sucks!

  9. Kinren

    Nice constructive comment.

  10. Svein Berg

    Thanks for the tutorial, I was looking for a way to update my wifi-settings after changing the password on the router. This is an example where I totally loose trust in Microsoft. Why make something that should be easy and intuitive so hard to find? The person in charge for this user interface at Microsoft should be fired immediately. How come these settings are not available right in the wifi-setting when clicking the wifi symbol in the task bar? Maybe somebody should send them an Android phone to show them how it should be done?

  11. Sankar

    Thanks for the information. Settings should be straight forward and easy. RIP user friendly microsoft. 🙁

  12. K.Leslee

    But my laptop always connects to a network wich is not shown on this list

  13. K.Leslee

    My laptop automatically connects to BTphone and It is not on the list of ‘known networks’ therefore I cant forget it. So what’s the solution?

  14. bchance

    You have got to be kidding me.. that’s where they put the “FORGET NETWORK”. Nearly 100% of regular users cannot connect to their WIFI network IF: they ever changed the password, OR if they replaced their wireless wifi router.And the only fkng error they get is: unable to connect to network.. YOU FKNG idiot microsoft! Look how Apple does it in OSX!!! HOLY FK MAN!

  15. SouthernBoiNOLA

    WTH did they change it anyway!!?? Used to just be able to right click on the network and be done. Now you have to go through all these steps. Dumb!

  16. SouthernBoiNOLA

    BT Phone sounds like that it is connected to a Bluetooth phone, and not WIFI.

  17. Marty Nahtygal

    THank You Anand!!

  18. Asep Saepuloh

    Thank, my problem solved

  19. JReid

    I have Windows 10 and I do NOT have the screens you show. Everything right up to “Manage WIFI Settings” and on that screen I do NOT have the “Manage Known Networks” or the “Forget” option.
    Also when I tried the command to delete the profile it said I was not authorized yet I am the administrator of my machine (It’s a stand alone home notebook).

  20. Nichol

    Did you right click on the Cmd Prompt Icon and click on “Run as Administrator”? That should rectify the situation for you…..I hope….One never really knows with Windows 10. Wish I wasn’t past the 30 day download mark so I could easily revert back to Win 7 but since I’m past the date (and checked as sometimes the revert button is still there) I’d have to do a fresh install of Win 7 Pro and, well, time…time…time…I never have enough of it!!!! (like everyone else :0) Best of luck!

  21. JReid

    Nichol,
    Yes I did it both ways. I would think I am administrator of my on home laptop but I ran it at the DOS prompt and then changed the DOS prompt to be run as administrator and both ways it did NOT work.

  22. A. Noni Mous

    Just 1 thing: the network I want to forget doesn’t show up on the list :S

  23. frankwick

    Most people don’t ever have the need to forget a network.

  24. McMeevin

    Succinctly put though

  25. Luigi Brian

    how to undo forgetting a network? After doing this my laptop can no longer detect our wifi

  26. MichaelXD

    I just uninstalled it yesterday and then reinstalled. I had to retype in the Wifi code for that. Do I necessarily have to do it to every single one?

  27. Mohammed

    Thanks a lot for the help. Soved my issue.

  28. Animesh

    Thanks .. Prob solved

  29. Joe C

    It does not work! I still have 13 networks that I don’t want when I click on the WiFi icon. Even the one that I clicked on “forget” is still on the list.

  30. tygrus

    “Forget” is now no longer working. Windows 10 is a pile of $#!+

  31. Norb

    That’s the reason all posts, about microsoft making unfinished products and taking money for it, are true.
    Even android phones have forget button at each wi-fi connection, you can use with one click.
    Every day at my work the wifi connection automatically changes password, so every morning, i have to go througth all those settings just to delete the connection and connect again. Instead of just forgeting it in one click.
    At least i haven’t updated my windows for a year. So still have possibility to delete them, as i see the last updates screwed that up for most users.
    Windows became worse than Android, and getting even worse. At least it still runs Java, bus is this for long?

  32. Manjit Gill

    Run CMD

    A) At the command prompt, type the command below,
    and press Enter. Repeat this step for each Wi-Fi network you want to add.

    netsh wlan add filter permission=allow
    ssid=”WLAN name” networktype=infrastructure

    REPLACE “WLAN name” with the name of
    the network you want to retain. (ie: your own wifi network/s)

    AFTER ADDING YOUR OWN NETWORKS, YOUR NEXT STEP IS
    TO BLOCK THE UNWANTED NETWORKS FROM SHOWING:

    Open CMD and paste in the
    following command:

    netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=infrastructure

    Hit ENTER and close CMD

    You will see that all the unwanted wifi networks
    will vanish from the list.

    Hope this resolves your problem

  33. Jobie

    Please held I get rid of two modems on my computer that I no longer needed now. I need to get rid of one. I’m on Windows 10 can you please tell me how to get rid of the last one. I can’t remember how .I did it and it’s interfering with the other one.

  34. Xx MLG

    Did not work.

  35. Drill SEO

    Very Helpful Article wireless network profiles

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