Switching Off Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense

What is Wi-Fi Sense?

Wi-Fi Sense is a new feature in Windows 10 that is designed to allow your friends to easily use your home network by removing the need for them to enter a Wi-Fi password. It does this by looking at your contacts list and gives everyone on the list permission to automatically connect to your home network with any of their Windows 10 devices.

Switching off Wi-Fi Sense

In theory this is a good idea but unfortunately there is one major flaw with the Wi-Fi Sense, it’s an ‘all or nothing’ system, so if you’re like most people you will probably have some people in your contacts list that you don’t want to give your Wi-Fi password to, and some that you do. At the present time it’s not possible to have a whitelist (or blacklist) to separate the two groups out, so we are recommending that people turn off Wi-Fi Sense.

  • Click Start Button
  • Select ‘Settings’
  • In the left hand panel elect the option ‘Network & Internet’
  • In the left panel again select the option ‘Wi-Fi’
  • In the right hand panel click the option ‘Manage Wi-Fi settings’
  • Under the heading ‘Wi-Fi Sense’ you will see two options.
  1. Connect to suggested open hotspots
  2. Connect to networks shared by my contacts
  • You will need to switch both of these to ‘Off’ to disable Wi-Fi Sense completely.

Switch Off WiFi Sense

Once this is completed you should now be safe from accidentally sharing your Wi-Fi password using Wi-Fi Sense.