Use This One Tap Shortcut to Actually Turn Off Wifi and Bluetooth on Your iPhone

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When you “turn off” Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cellular data on your iPhone via the Control Center, they’re not really off – your iPhone just disconnects itself from current networks until you re-enable those options. This is a deliberate design choice by Apple because it wants to make sure you can still easily connect to peripherals such as your Apple Watch and your AirPodsand services like AirDrop and AirPlay running.

But what if you don’t care about any of that? What if you actually? want to completely disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and/or mobile data? According to Apple, you need to use the Settings app to disable each feature individually. However, there is a better alternative. Instead of messing around Settings every time you want to disable itse connections, you can use the built-in Shortcuts app to create a one-tap automation that do it immediately.

How do I have toturn off wifi, bluetooth, and cellular data with one iPhone shortcut

Open the “Shortcut keys” app on your iPhone. fof the “My Shortcuts” tab, tap the Plus to create a new shortcut. Press “Add action” button and choose the “Set up Wi-Fiaction. Then switch to the “Out” option. Then you can select the “Set up Bluetooth” and “Set up mobile data” characteristics in the same way. Reset both functions to “Out.”

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Your shortcut is now ready. Give it a name at the top and tap the blue Menu icon. Press “Add to home screen“, customize the icon and label if you want, then tap the “Add” button. Now you’ll see the shortcut on your home screen. Just tap it to turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile data in the background (no authentication or additional taps required).

It’s probably worth creating too one more shortcut to redoable WiFi, Bluetooth and mobile data in one go. The steps are: as described above, but this time, after adding the actions, choose the “on” choice.

Since this is a shortcut, it can be activated in several ways: You can add a shortcuts widget to the home screen, with multiple shortcuts in it, or you can ask Siri to do it-sYes “Hey Siri, (shortcut name)” to activate the shortcut.

But what about airplane mode?

Your iPhone in Airplane mode, also found in Control Center, is different from tap to power off the individual network options. When you turn on Airplane mode, mobile data will be completely disconnected (mobile data are the connection that airplanes don’t like). If you turn off Wi-Fi from Control Center while in Airplane mode, it also disconnects completely and automatically disconnects completely the next time you turn on Airplane mode.

However, Bluetooth never turns off completely, even in airplane mode. To completely disable all three connections at once, you need to use the shortcut above.

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