The New Control Center in iOS 11 Does Not Let You Turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth – Here’s Why

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Sep 21, 2017
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Apple had seen fit to release its next in line firmware, iOS 11 to the general public recently. While the platform features a bevy of forward-facing additions, both visually and performance related, users have been reporting various issues related to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Users report that even though they have disabled Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center in iOS 11, it does not seem to be disabled completely. To turn them off completely, you are required to disable it through the Settings app. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the subject.

Wi-Fi And Bluetooth Are Not Fully Disabled From The Contol Center In iOS 11

Once you disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi from the Control Center in iOS 11, it won’t be disabled completely. To completely disable the two options, you have to do it through the stock Settings app. This is quite annoying for some users as the whole utility of accessing the control toggles through the Control Center would be diminished.

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Now, Apple has confirmed that it is the expected behavior in iOS 11. At this point, disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi from the Control Center only immediately disconnects from all networks. However, they would still work for operations which Apple calls important. These important operations include AirPlay, AirDrop, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity features like Handoff, Instant Hotspot and other operations like Location Services.

Here’s how Apple explains the operation in the new support document:

While Wi-Fi is disabled, auto-join for any nearby Wi-Fi networks will also be disabled until:

  • You turn on Wi-Fi in Control Center.
  • You connect to a Wi-Fi network in Settings > Wi-Fi.
  • You walk or drive to a new location. 
  • It’s 5 AM local time.
  • You restart your device.

For the second option, Apple explains:

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If Bluetooth is turned off, you won’t be able to connect your iOS device to your Bluetooth accessories until:

  • You turn on Bluetooth in Control Center.
  • You connect to a Bluetooth accessory in Settings > Bluetooth.
  • It’s 5 AM local time.
  • You restart your device.

Henceforth, in the end, we can conclude that if you want to disable the two networks options completely, you will have to do it through the stock Settings app. This might sound a little confusing but taking into account all the options available like the Apple Watch connectivity, it makes sense for the company to do this.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the whole scenario? Share your views with us in the comments section below.

Source: Apple

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