Network and Internet Delete Wi-Fi Network Profile in Windows 11


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Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The saved profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this specific Wi-Fi network.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a Wi-Fi network profile in Windows 11.


Contents





Option One

Delete Wi-Fi Network Profile in Quick Settings


This option will not be available if you turned off Wi-Fi on your PC.


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A).

2 Click/tap on the Manage Wi-Fi connections arrow on the Wi-Fi (Available) quick setting button. (see screenshot below)

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3 Right click on an available Wi-Fi network (ex: "Brink-Router2") you want to delete the profile for, and click/tap on Forget. (see screenshot below)

If Forget is not available in the menu, then it means there is not a profile available for the Wi-Fi network to delete.


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Option Two

Delete Wi-Fi Network Profile in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Wi-Fi on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Manage known networks. (see screenshot below)

Open Manage known networks Settings

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4 Click/tap on Forget for the Wi-Fi network profile (ex: "Brink-Router2") you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Three

Delete Wi-Fi Network Profile using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 3)

netsh wlan show profiles

3 Make note of the Wi-Fi network profile name (ex: "Brink-Router2") you want to delete, and which interface (ex: "Wi-Fi") this profile is on if you have multiple interfaces.

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4 Do step 5 (delete profile on all interfaces) or step 6 (delete profile on specific interface) below for how you would like to delete the profile.


5 To Delete a Wi-Fi Network Profile from All Interfaces on PC

A) Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​

netsh wlan delete profile name="Profile Name"

Substitute Profile Name in the command above with the actual Wi-Fi network profile name (ex: "Brink-Router2") you want to delete from step 3.

For example: netsh wlan delete profile name="Brink-Router2"


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6 To Delete a Wireless Network Profile from Specific Interface on PC

A) Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​

netsh wlan delete profile name="Profile Name" interface="Interface Name"

Substitute Profile Name in the command above with the actual Wi-Fi network profile name (ex: "Brink-Router2") you want to delete from step 3.

Substitute Interface Name in the command above with the actual network interface name (ex: "Wi-Fi") you want to delete the profile on from step 3.

For example: netsh wlan delete profile name="Brink-Router2" interface="Wi-Fi"


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7 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal if you like.




Option Four

Delete All Wi-Fi Network Profiles using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter.

netsh wlan delete profile name=*

3 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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