How to Delete Unused or Duplicate Wi-Fi Network Profiles in Windows?

Sometimes, duplicate Wi-Fi network profiles or SSIDs may appear all of a sudden with suffix 2, 3, and so forth, in the list of available Wi-Fi networks, all pointing to the same SSID. This post tells you how to remove the redundant Wi-Fi network connections or connections that you added some time ago but are no longer in use.

Editor’s note: Before proceeding, you should note that once the Wi-Fi profile is deleted the stored password for that profile is also cleared. Make sure you note down the Wi-Fi profile password and its settings if you think you will need them later. After removing the redundant profile, for some unknown reason, I had to input the WPA2-PSK key again for the original connection (Belkin.3783). While this may not necessarily be the same in your case, creating a Restore point or backing up the Wi-Fi profiles beforehand is suggested.

Using Manage Wi-Fi Settings in Windows 10

In Windows 10, open Settings → Network → Wi-Fi → Manage known networks.
On the Manage known networks page, select the profile you want to remove and click Forget

Using Netsh Command-Line

Open an admin Command Prompt, and type the following command:

netsh wlan show all | clip

This copies the entire WLAN info to the clipboard. Open Notepad and paste the results. Use the Find option and locate the Wi-Fi profile entry that you want to remove.. (Belkin.3783 2 in this example), and note down the interface name, which in this case is Wireless Network Connection 5.



In the elevated Command Prompt window, type:

netsh wlan delete profile name="Belkin.3783 2" interface="Wireless Network Connection 5"

(The parameter “interface” is optional. If it’s omitted then the profile “Belkin.3783 2” will be deleted from all the interfaces that have such a profile.)

You should see the message Profile “Belkin.3783 2” is deleted from interface “Wireless Network Connection 5”, and the duplicate SSID/Wi-Fi profile Belkin.3783 2 shouldn’t appear now.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

5 thoughts on “How to Delete Unused or Duplicate Wi-Fi Network Profiles in Windows?”

  1. I use Classic Shell to add shell:::{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87} as a Menu item. Then you can right click inside and open Properties, remove network and rename like Vista/7.

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  2. @Anon: The old interface seems to have been removed in Windows 10… and I’ve added the GUI method via Manage Wi-Fi Settings in the article.

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  3. is it safe to click forget in the one with number 2 at the end? i remember now time i ago i click forget and now i have only 1 is it safe to have only one?

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