iOS Control Centre's Wireless Toggles Don't Turn Off Wireless Radios

A security researcher from F-Secure has discovered that toggling WiFi and Bluetooth in the iOS Control Centre doesn't actually turn the radios off. Aside from being completely counter-intuitive, it means the device's threat surface remains broader than users realise.

While toggling the buttons on an off will disconnect you from networks and devices, the radios stay on in order to maintain connectivity with services like Handoff and AirDrop, and comms with an Apple Watch. Turning off the Bluetooth and WiFi radios completely now requires a trip to Settings and locating the appropriate settings there.

This seems to be one of those new "features" that is actually quite important but is given scant attention by Apple.

To turn off WiFi

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on WiFI
  3. Toggle the switch to the Off position (the green dot will disappear).

To turn off Bluetooth

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Bluetooth
  3. Toggle the switch to the Off position (the green dot will disappear).
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    Toggling airplane mode from the control centre or in settings has the same effect - toggle on/off.

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