How To Make Your Chromebook Forget Network Connections

Is your Chromebook consistently trying to connect to a network that's nowhere nearby? Here's how to make it behave.

I experienced this issue recently with a Chromebook that kept trying to connect to a network I'd only ever used once (and which was in an entirely different state of Australia). Google's online help explains the task but isn't entirely accurate. Here's what to do:

  • Click on the network icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Click on Settings.
  • In the "Internet connection" section, click on the down arrow next to the current network name and choose "Preferred network".
  • Click the X to remove this network from the list.

Unfortunately, Chromebooks don't let you specify a preferred order of network connection, so a little manual management seems inevitable.


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