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Giving priority to Wi-Fi networks on a Mac



  MacBook Pro displays Wi-Fi selection menu menu bar
Khamosh Pathak

By default, your Mac automatically connects to the most recently used Wi-Fi network. But when you are in a public place with many open networks, you may want to prioritize a particular one (such as your own hotspot) on your Mac.

You can rearrange the list of Wi-Fi network priorities in the Network section in System Preferences.

The easiest way to access the network preferences is via the Wi-Fi section in the menu bar. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and then select the "Open network preferences" option.

 Click on Open network preferences in the W-Fi menu bar menu

This opens the Network section from the system preferences.

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Make sure here that the "Wi-Fi" option is selected from the sidebar and then click on the "Advanced" button.

 Click the Advanced button in the Wi-Fi menu

You will see a "Preferred networks" section in the & # 39; Wi-Fi & # 39; Tab; with a list of all networks that you have previously connected to. Everything is sorted by preference, which means that the network at the top of the list is given the first preference.

Look in this list for the network that you want to use as your preferred network (such as your hotspot). Click on the network to select it.

 Select a Wi-Fi network from the list

From there, drag the network name to the top of the list and then release it.

 Drag the network to the top spot

As soon as you see the network at the top of the list, it means that it has priority. You can now rearrange the rest of the Wi-Fi networks for the second or third priority.

If you have previously connected to an open Wi-Fi network and do not want your Mac to connect to it, even if no other priority network is available, remove the Wi-Fi network from the list. Select the Wi-Fi network and then click on the minus button.

 Click the minus button to remove a network from the preferred list

After you have prioritized the list of networks, click the "OK" button in the lower right corner.

 Click the OK button in the Advanced section

Then, on the Network screen, click the "Apply" button to update the priority list.

 Click the Apply button to save the Wi-Fi priority list

If you do not want to remove a network from the list, you can also stop your Mac from Automatically connect to with a specific WiFi network.

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