Prioritize Wireless Networks for Your Mac

  Matt Cone       February 9, 2022      Tutorials Mac Network


When you connect your Mac to a wi-fi network, your Mac remembers that network and will automatically attempt to connect to it in the future. This is a great feature for wi-fi networks you trust and use frequently. But sometimes your Mac will connect to the wrong wireless network. This is because your Mac maintains a prioritized list of wi-fi networks and tries to connect to networks that have a higher priority.

If your Mac is constantly connecting to the wrong wireless network, you should change the priority of wireless networks your Mac connects to. Here’s how to change the priority of a wireless network on your Mac:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Click the Network icon, as shown below.

    Mac Wi-Fi network settings

  3. Click the Advanced button, as shown below.

    Mac Wi-Fi network settings

  4. Select the name of the network you want to prioritize, and then drag it up or down in the list. Your Mac will try to connect to wireless networks at the top of the list first.

    Prioritizing Mac Wi-Fi networks

  5. Click the OK button.

  6. Click the Apply button.

You have successfully changed the priority of the networks your Mac connects to. In the future, your Mac will attempt to connect to the highest priority network first.

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