With iOS 11, the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons in the Control Centre stopped disabling them completely to maintain support for background services such as AirDrop, AirPlay, geolocation services and Apple Watch. The same settings were carried over to iOS 12 and now to iOS 13.
So, even now if you toggle the Bluetooth or WiFi off from the control centre of your iPhone, they do not switch off completely. This feature can be especially troublesome for those who don’t use an Apple Watch or Airdrop service and want to get more screen time on a single charge by switching off non-essential functions of the phone.
In this article, we’re going to explain how you can switch off the WiFi and Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, 12 or 13.
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How to turn off WiFi or Bluetooth on an iPhone?
When you toggle off your Bluetooth or WiFi, it changes from a dark blue icon to a white. This means that the Bluetooth has been disabled partially but not turned off completely.
Shutting down the functionality of the Bluetooth and WiFi entirely on your iPhone running on iOS 13, 12 or 11 isn’t tricky at all but rather a bit old school.
You’ll need to access the Settings of your iPhone, scroll down to either WiFi or Bluetooth option, tap on it and toggle the button off. Once the Bluetooth or WiFi has been turned off from via the Settings, you’ll see that its icon on the control centre is dim and has been crossed off (as shown here). This means that the Bluetooth or WiFi on your iPhone has been turned off completely.
Turning off the WiFI from the control centre of your iPhone will disable it for other services for 24 hours except for AirDrop, AirPlay, location and Apple Watch. And turning off Bluetooth from there will disable it for 24 hours.
Some users have also complained about the same issue in iOS/iPhone launchers for Android. Let us know if the same steps are useful in resolving the problem in the comments below.
Yatharth is the Marketing Head at Candid.Technology. He sometimes writes about Apple, Gaming and Social Platforms and also indulges in offbeat tech stuff from time to time.
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