How to change WiFi priority in Windows 10

Last Updated on October 11, 2016

Sometimes when I have more than one WiFi networks available at my home, my PC almost always chooses the one which I don’t want it to connect. change-wifi-priority

Whether this is some kind of trickery or magic, I’m not certain, but this obviously gets on my nerves. Especially when Microsoft has removed the simple list of WiFi network. The one which showed up on clicking on the Network icon on the Taskbar in Windows 7. I’m not sure about what happened in Windows 8.

To counter this, there is a thing called as the WiFi priority. By using the priority, you can tell Windows 10 to give precedence to a certain WiFi network over the other.

In by itself, there is no option to change WiFi priority in Windows 10. There was such an option in the earlier version of Windows, but now Microsoft has ditched that in their Settings app. So, there is no option to change the wifi priority in Windows 10. However, you can do this by using the command prompt.

Change WiFi priority in Windows 10

  • Right-click on the lower left of the taskbar and select Command Prompt (Admin) to open the command prompt.
  • In the cmd screen, type netsh wlan show profiles and press enter. This command will show you all the network profiles currently stored on your PC. Alternatively, you can also go to Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi and see all the saved network profiles from there.
  • To change the WiFi priority of a network you need to add the word priority in from of the command with a number. A lower number means higher priority and vice versa.
  • Make note of the network which you got after listing the command you entered in the first step. Replace the XX with network name you want to give the highest precedence. Also, make sure to put priority=1.

netsh wlan set profileorder name="XX" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=1

  • To set the priority for other networks that you connect but want to give a lower precedence than the first network, give them a priority=2 or higher.

netsh wlan set profileorder name="YY" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=2

You can repeat this process for an unlimited number of networks by giving them different numbers as shown above.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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