How to really turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone and iPad?

Centre de contrôle iOS

When iOS 11 was released several years ago, many users expressed their displeasure, for a very simple reason. It was no longer possible to actually disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the control center.

Faced with an outcry at the time, Apple confirmed that this was intended behavior and explained. The purpose of the maneuver was to make Wi-Fi and Bluetooth always accessible by functions essential for normal operation of iOS and iPadOS, AirDrop, AirPlay, connection sharing, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, or location services, for example. This behavior of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth keys in the control center is still relevant to this day.

It is however possible to completely disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You just have to know how to do it, when the control center is no longer the way to get there. Let’s take a look at the various techniques that allow you to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

How do you actually turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth?

The least practical: through the settings

The most logical, but least practical way to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is to go to the settings: see Settings > Wi-Fi and Settings > Bluetooth to deactivate the corresponding switch.

Disable Wi-Fi Bluetooth iOS Settings


Quick and easy: the hidden shortcut

Did you know that quick access allows you to navigate to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings from the home screen? In fact, all you have to do is press and hold the icon of the Settings app, no matter where it is, in the home center, in Spotlight, or in the app library.

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From the home screen ©

Disable Wi-Fi Bluetooth via SpotlightDisable Wi-Fi Bluetooth via Spotlight

From Spotlight ©

You can then press Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which will take you to the settings page for each of the two connectors. There, you can then deactivate one and/or the other.

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Spoken: via Siri

Using Siri makes it even faster! “Hey Siri, turn off Bluetooth” or “Hey Siri, turn off Wi-Fi” directly launches the modification of the parameter in the settings. You don’t even have to flip the switch yourself. Siri takes care of everything.

Disable Wi-Fi Bluetooth via SiriDisable Wi-Fi Bluetooth via Siri


The most powerful, but a little more technical: our iOS shortcut

It is possible to change the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings from an iOS shortcut. And you know, a shortcut can be launched in different ways, from the app, from the home screen, but also from a widget or via Siri. We can also imagine the shortcut launching according to a time of day, or even according to a place you have just reached.

We have precisely explained how to create a shortcut allowing you to quickly deactivate Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi. We also offer you the shortcut for free download, to save you the assembly phase of the automation.

  • Go here to discover, recover, install and use this iOS shortcut signed Of course, we hope you like it!
iOS Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Shortcut NotificationiOS Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Shortcut Notification


What’s your favorite way to turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or both? For us, the iOS shortcut is definitely adoptedthere is nothing more practical and quick once set up!

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