iOS 11 automatically ignores flaky or unreliable Wi-Fi connections, like those at Whole Foods, Starbucks, airports and other places, before it tries using them, The Verge reported Tuesday.

This handy new feature appeared in iOS 11 beta 3 and was originally discovered by the WeatherLine app developer Ryan Jones and reported on his Twitter on July 16.

If a particular Wi-Fi network has a flaky connection, iOS 11 will disregard your Auto-Join setting and give up trying to join it. When that happens, a message saying “Auto Join Disabled” appears underneath the spotty network in Wi-Fi settings.

Of course, you can manually force the device to connect to the problematic Wi-Fi network at any time by tapping “i” to re-enable the Auto Join toggle.

iOS 11 may decide to stop trying to connect to the network if its signal is poor, connection is erratic or flaky or if it encounters other problems while trying to connect to it.

This is different than the Wi-Fi Assist feature, introduced with iOS 9 two years ago.

Whereas Wi-Fi Assist prevents your device from latching onto a previously joined Wi-Fi network if the reception has degraded to the point where it’s unusable, this new feature detects poor Wi-Fi connections and disables them in the list of available networks before your device even attempts to connect to them.

This should be especially helpful for those traveling or using public Wi-Fi hotspots with poor connections and low bandwidth. And if you have the ”Ask to Join Networks” toggle enabled in your Wi-Fi settings, this feature will put an end to those pesky login notifications that show up whenever you walk by your local Starbucks.

I don’t travel much, but my home Wi-Fi network is not very strong. As I walk through the rooms, my iPhone keeps losing the Wi-Fi connection and switches to cellular data, draining the battery.

Thankfully, iOS 11 now prevents this from happening and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Do you like this new feature in iOS 11? Tell us in comments!

  • Jose Rivera

    This feature sucks. I keeps doing it to my home WiFi connection Even if I’m right next to the router. I even flip the “auto join” switch and it magically disabled itself if I reboot my iPhone. To be honest there’s a lot of steps backwards that Apple did in iOS 11 and High Sierra. These are honestly the biggest disappointments they’ve released in my opinion. The first three betas sucked so bad I had to skip out on them completely. Let’s see if beta 4 changes anything…

    • blackout

      stop trying, the betas are not for you

      • Jose Rivera

        It’s not the betas. It’s my 7 Plus. I tried it on a 5S and an iPhone 6S and both of those phones fared well better than my 7 Plus did. I’m just gonna go out and say that Apple hasn’t properly optimized the OS for the A10 processor.

  • Alwyn Soh

    If my home has 5ghz and 2.4ghz, and if I disable the 2.4ghz, will my Apple Watch still connect to the 2.4ghz? Series 2 still does not support 5ghz.