The iOS 11 Control Center disconnects Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but doesn't turn them off

The iOS 11 Control Center disconnects Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but doesn't turn them off
Apple has approached the connectivity toggles in its shiny new Control Center overlay in iOS 11 a tad differently this time, it turns out. Security researchers are warning that instead of turning the Wi-fi or Bluetooth radios off completely when you tap on the respective switch in Control Center, it simply disconnects whatever gear is hooked up to use the respective wireless standard. 

The radios themselves, however, will keep humming in the background in a low-power state. As per Apple, this is done to ensure that some features can be accessed immediately:


The thing is that, even in a standby mode, the Bluetooth and Wi-fi radios are still on, and can be hacked to gain access to your handset or tablet, say security aficionados. Fret not, as Apple says it has provided a way to completely nix the radio emissions by going to Settings > Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and turning them off via the switch. It's a bit convoluted for the average user who thinks they are toggling the radio off completely when they tap on the Control Center icon, though.

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20 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

Sheeps will still praise apple

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The POS Apple calls iOS 11 has had this bug since beta build 1, there were 10 builds btw. It's bad enough the new layout for the control center blows but to have this bug for four months is just stupid smh.

2. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

This is typical Apple bs.

3. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Wtf Apple? Since yesterday I thought I was turning the damn Wi-Fi off and all you did was just disconnect it temporarily ? Wouldn't that chip consume power on idle state ? What a lame duck feature.

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The WiFi and BT chips use barely any power at idle (even if you leave an iPhone on over night with everything turned on it'll only drop about 5% by morning) but it's a stupid change and not obvious for something that should "just work", I thought the point of iOS was that you aren't supposed to need an instruction book to use it, when you click something "off" you expect it to be off.

4. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Saw many videos on YouTube how buggy and glitchy is ios 11 and compare to ios 10 screen on usage is reduced by 1 hour thats huge and ios 11 made iphone 6 and relly really below slow as well

12. nikhil23

Posts: 447; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

you gotta push those people into buying ip8. Now this is what I like from Android manufacturers. They won't push an update if the hardware cannot run it properly and that's the reason I still have a working Note 2 and HTC Desire

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They now have data toggle but they removed BT and Wi-Fi toggles...thanks Apple.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The battery will say hohoho. Poor battery.

7. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Argh I hate this new iOS... I wish I didn’t update

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

What?? You can't use Apple pencil while using BT or WiFi. Courage!! Hohoho

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You are using it wrong.

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Oh lol read it wrong.

10. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Now that's what I call thinking different.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's crappy on Apple. Just update it, to turn them off and be done with it. IOS 11, has quite a few bugs too. Not shocking for a fresh release, but let's get em fixed.

13. nikhil23

Posts: 447; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Nope. According to ios11 documentation, that's intended functionality and the worse part is those devices get reconnected after a restart or 5AM in the morning whichever occurs first http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/21/ios-11s-bluetooth-wi-fi-controls-dont-actually-turn-bluetooth/

15. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I'll hold off updating my SE to iOS 11 until they patch most of the bugs.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My iPad Pro, is a little buggy and glitchy now. No worries, it's first run software, it'll get fixed.

19. belieber1996

Posts: 6; Member since: May 27, 2013

Ohhhh so that's why my battery's been draining a little faster than usual.

20. thekoifish

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

If you go into settings and turn it off there it will stay off and show a line through the wifi logo in the control center. Worked for me at least, I got tired of getting notifications every time I walk into a building at work.

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