How to Prioritize Wi-Fi Networks in Windows 10

Namrata Gogoi

If you have multiple Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity, you must have seen that your Windows 10 laptop connects to only one particular network, even if you have saved the passwords of the other networks. The idea of choosing the preferred network sounds great as long as the connection broadcasts Internet seamlessly.

However, the same scenario can turn into a sour affair when the network in question doesn't even have Internet access or, for that matter, broadcasts at a snail's pace.

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The above issue occurs because Windows has a habit of automatically assigning network connection priority to each of the saved Wi-Fi networks. Unlike a few operating system such as Android and iOS, this issue can be fixed quickly and no, we are not talking about any complex methods or third-party apps.

All you have to do is execute two simple commands in Command Prompt. That's it.

So, without further delay, let's see how to prioritize Wi-Fi networks in Windows 10.

Step 1: Check the Default Priority

Open Command Prompt in Admin mode. Once in, type in the following command.

"netsh wlan show profiles"

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This will display the list of saved Wi-Fi networks in a descending order of priority.

Step 2: Change the Priority

In order to change the priority, start off by writing the following command:

"netsh wlan set profileorder name="[Wi-Fi Name]" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=1"

Here, replace [Wi-Fi Name] with the network name.

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For the second preference, change the priority to 2 and hit Enter.

"netsh wlan set profileorder name="[Wi-Fi Name]" interface="Wi-Fi" priority=2"

You'll be able to see the changes immediately in the Wi-Fi settings. If not, a simple restart of your PC/laptop should solve the issue.

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From now on, whenever you switch your laptop or PC on, you'll find it connected to your favored network, thus saving you from the agony of manually switching it over.

Bonus Trick: Customize Font and Layout of Command Prompt

Did you know that you can change the look of Command Prompt? Unlike the previous versions of Windows, where you were given only three font options, the current version gives you eight alternatives. 

All you need to do is right-click on the Title bar and choose Properties. Once there, tap on the Font tab. 

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Now, choose the desired font and size and click on the OK button. Depending on how big the font is, the size of the Command Prompt window will also change.

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What's more? You can enable the Bold fonts option if you want the letters to really stand out.

Connect Like a Pro

So, this is how you can prioritize Wi-Fi Networks on Windows 10 PCs and laptops. Given that Wi-Fi has become so important to our digital lives, the option should have been included in the Network Settings, as it was on Windows 7.

But as they say, let's keep our options open for the next updates. Until then, stay glued to  Guiding Tech your go-to tech guide.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.