Over the last several software updates, Apple has made it harder to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth completely. Apple keeps the radios running to have things like Apple Watch and AirDrop functionally properly.
However, users who are looking to disable both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth entirely may need to dig a little deeper to completely disable the radios.
iPhone & iPad: How to completely disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Fire up the Settings app.
- Go into either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
- At the top, manually toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth off.
Turning off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in the Control Center simply “disconnects” it from paired networks or devices, but keeps the radios on for other system-level functions such as AirDrop, pairing and using an Apple Watch, and personal hotspot.
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