The city I live in has city-wide Wi-Fi available for a subscription, but the Wi-Fi access point is public.

This means that everywhere I go in the city I get a notice that there is public Wi-Fi available even though I can't use it because I don't have an account with the city-wide Wi-Fi service.

How can I tell my phone (Droid X, Android 2.2.1, not rooted) to ignore Wi-Fi named "CityWifi"?

I'd like to get notification for other Wi-Fi networks, just not "CityWifi"

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    The version of Android that your phone is running is more relevant than the model. Can you list which version you have, if you're rooted, running a custom ROM, etc? – newuser Apr 6 '11 at 21:28
  • you should add your first comment to Amanda's answer to your question – Daniel Apr 7 '11 at 18:17

Try WiFi Ruler.

I just downloaded it to see if it would work and it may be what you are looking for. The app allows you to categorize known access points and then you can set rules on if your device will try to connect to that access point. You could categorize "CityWifi" with one of the built-in rules to not connect. And then all others you know of make it automatically connect and categorize as open or drive-by. In the settings you can be notified of when you have connected to an AP. My guess is that you would still have to turn off notifications for open access points in your settings like Matthew's answer.

Note: I am not the developer of this app

  • I'm in the middle of testing this out now. I'll accept this once I'm sure it works. – Alex B Apr 7 '11 at 19:08
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    Finished my testing. Wifi Ruler does not prevent the wifi notifications from popping up. A cool app, but does not meet my needs. Thanks though. – Alex B Apr 13 '11 at 22:20
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    @Alex Did you turn off the default notifications in your settings? – Daniel Apr 14 '11 at 0:13
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    I want the default notifications for other networks, just not citywifi. – Alex B Sep 6 '11 at 17:36
  • on android 6 - I get wifi ruler android would not let us save this change. The app is no longer updated. As of 2017 - this answer is useless. – user12363 Oct 18 '17 at 0:25

You can shut off all open network notifications by going to Settings -> Wireless and network -> Wi-Fi settings and unchecking Network notification. Since the notification is system-level, there's no way to leave it enabled and not receive notifications for the one network. But you could probably do something with Tasker to clear the notification automatically, similar to this answer.


It appears, then, that the answer is "no".

Maybe someone on the Google Android team will see this post (or someone could raise it on the appropriate Google Groups page), and they can include this as an option in a future android release. Would be easy enough for them to keep a list of SSID and MAC Addresses of APs you want to ignore.

  • after a lot of research I agree with this answer. So sad of Android. – user12363 Oct 18 '17 at 0:25

Networks that look open but which actually require a subscription are everywhere. You can just turn off notification of public networks altogether -- that's in your Wi-Fi settings.

Otherwise, you may need an app to manage this (I'm on OS 1.6, so I can't speak to what might be built in in later OSs). The market shows a few contenders:

WifiManager, WifiPicker, WiFiFoFum are all good starting points.

The best advice I can offer at this stage is that reading through the market is waaay easier on your desktop, since a search for "Wi-Fi" turns up tons of stuff that isn't what you're looking for.

  • I'd like to get notification for other wifi networks, just not "CityWifi". – Alex B Apr 6 '11 at 22:21
  • Then it sounds like you are looking for an app. Updating my answer a bit. – Amanda Apr 7 '11 at 13:50
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    Amanda mentioned some good WiFi managers. I just tried all three and unfortunately none of them have the features the OP is looking for. Check out WiFi Ruler - it potentially has the logic you need to block certain APs – Daniel Apr 7 '11 at 18:15

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