iOS 11's Control Center doesn't actually turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

By midian182 · 13 replies
Sep 21, 2017
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  1. If you’re the owner of an iPhone or iPad, you might have just updated to the recently released iOS 11. Among its many new features is the redesigned Control Center, which lets you toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off... kind of.

    While the toggles in the new Control Center, which is activated by swiping up on a device, let you activate the flashlight, adjust the brightness, and perform other functions, it seems switching off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from this screen doesn’t completely turn them off. It only disconnects the iPhone/iPad from any connected devices or networks.

    Apple does explain the process in its own documentation. The company says both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to work after their toggles are moved to the off position so that you can use certain features, such as the file-transferring AirDrop, the Apple pencil and Watch, Handoff, Instant Hotspots, and Location Services.

    If you do want to disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi completely, you’ll need to do it in the Apple device’s settings menu, which deactivates them until 5 am the next morning. Using Airplane mode is another option. Turning the toggles 'off' in the Command Center will also see them become fully active again when it passes 5 am local time.

    While Apple says using the Command Center toggles means consumers won’t accidentally disable features like the Apple Watch, it does raise some security questions and could pose problems for those trying to extend their device's battery life.

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  2. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 275   +182

    So....turning it off from the Control Center doesn't really turn it off, but if I really want it turned off I'm stuck with it being off untli 5 AM?!?

    That just doesn't make any logical sense. And no, Apple's explanation doesn't make sense either. If someone were to "accidentally" turn off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, it's not like it was difficult to tell beforehand: "Oooh, let me check Control Center...oh, wait, my Bluetooth is off, that's why my phone isn't syncing to my car, I'll just turn it back on!". And let's face it: if you've taken the trouble to go into the Settings screen to turn your Bluetooth or Wi-Fi off, a) you didn't do it "by mistake", and b) chances are that (whatever your reason) it didn't include wanting it to come back on automatically at an arbitrary time.

    Makes no logical sense to make a change to the way these features worked. Sounds like it's change for the sake of change itself, rather than change for a meaningful/useful purpose.
    Jamlad, JaredTheDragon and Reehahs like this.
  3. indiferenc

    indiferenc TS Member

    This is why you dont buy iphones. I dont need my device ***** proof
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,105   +2,597

    WOW ..... they have finally taken a page out of the Microsoft playbook with their own "undocumented feature" .... impressive!
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 563   +61

    Very annoying. If I say turn it off you better do it or we are going to have a problem apple.I hope more people complain and get this changed because it's a stupid design.
  6. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 641   +371

    Time to get hacked at 5 in the morning.
    Jamlad likes this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,448   +564

    That shiznit has been pissing me off for months, I kept wondering why the heck WiFi was on when I had turned it off. Grrr... Bad Apple! BAD! Add a damn "off timer" in settings that is on be default but allow us to disable the timer so when we turn things like WiFi off, they stay off.

    That being said this isn't anything really all that new with Apple, they have always had the "mother knows best" mentality.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2017
    Reehahs likes this.
  8. Carlos GarPov

    Carlos GarPov TS Rookie Posts: 18   +11

    I signed under the "tester" section for apple systems. I sent a complete and in-detail explanation of this "eventuality” to Cupertino. Although they said they would check on that, they DID NOT. Well it seems that my developer account would go straight to develop, not providing any feedback.
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  9. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Addict Posts: 159   +137

    So **** me if I want to save battery life by disabling wireless connections while I'm out of the house?
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,994   +1,314

    The MAJOR objective of turning off WiFi & Bluetooth is to save battery power because you know you're not going to be connected for some period of time. Usually Apple is quite good at human factors, but this time they get a score of an F. Going Airplane mode is the alternative, but that kills BOTH - - what if I'm in the car and want to stream my audio? Rescore: F--
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
  11. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 279   +277

    iPhone users are being given less and less control over their own devices. You will use it how Apple tells you to use it.
  12. Colby Deane

    Colby Deane TS Enthusiast Posts: 24   +10

    They also removed the auto brightness option from the control center. You now have to go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations to find the toggle.
  13. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 170   +38

    Ios 11 is a disaster, Tim Cook, you better hide.
  14. Moaid

    Moaid TS Rookie

    I hope to get in an update 11 some help to repairing my iPhone 7 especial with WiFi

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