Change Wi-Fi Network Connection Priority in Windows 11/10

Most of us use more than one Wi-Fi network connection so that if one fails, the 2nd one is used as a fallback. With multiple Wi-Fi network sources, there comes the issue of connection priority.

There are situations where you need to use a Wi-Fi connection until it reaches the maximum traffic limit. For example, as the bandwidth cap or FUP is reset monthly with some providers, you may need to switch to the 2nd Wi-Fi connection and use it for the rest of the month. But Windows connects to the Wi-Fi network with higher priority by default when multiple Wi-Fi networks are available.

Windows 10 doesn’t have a GUI option to change the Wi-Fi network connection priority, but you can do that using the Netsh command line.

Using Netsh command-line to change Wi-Fi priority

Open Command Prompt as Administrator, and type:

netsh wlan show profiles

Note down the interface name and the connection whose priority is to be changed.

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Then use the following syntax:

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

Example:

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

This sets the highest priority for the said connection under the specified interface. The setting gets saved to the registry in a multi-string value under the Wi-Fi interface registry key. To check if the priority change has been applied, re-run the 1st command again.



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Regardless of the priority value assigned, if you enable the “Connect automatically” checkbox while connecting to a Wireless network, it will have the highest priority.

Using Wlan10 Utility

Wlan10 is a 3rd party tool that can manage Wi-Fi networks easily. With this tool, you can quickly set the priority of your wireless networks, enable or disable auto-switch and auto-connect, and forget Wi-Fi networks. Changing the priority is done by simply dragging and dropping the connections in the desired order.

wlan10 change wi-fi priority

Download Wlan10 (portable tool) from GitHub.


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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.

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