Beware: iOS 11 Wi-Fi Button Does Not Turn Wireless Off

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You know how, until this week, you could turn off wireless connectivity from the Control Center button? Well… not anymore. iOS 11 didn’t just come with a redesign of the area, but with a significant change of the buttons’ functions #softwaremagic

The new Control Center doesn’t just look different in iOS 11, it also can be slightly deceiving if you don’t pay attention. For example, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles that you previously used to cut the antennae off, do not work anymore. At least, not in that way.

Now, when you toggle off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons from the Control Center, you can disconnect devices or networks. But, in doing so, you’re not actually deactivating the radios in the device. They still run in the background; Apple probably did this to ensure that AirDrop, Handoff and geolocation services still work.

But if you want to save battery power or to skip connecting to shady networks, you’ll have to make a detour. Your only option is disabling them from Settings directly. It’s a little more work and we’re not pleased about it but hey, at least now you know how to keep your devices safe.

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