Resetting Wi-Fi preferences in macOS

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This article will outline the steps to reset Wi-Fi settings in macOS to diagnose or remedy connection issues.




  1. It is strongly suggested that you create a backup folder for existing Wi-Fi preferences on the desktop.
  2. Turn off Wi-Fi from the menu bar (upper right-hand corner of the screen).
  3. Within Finder press Command+Shift+G to bring up the Go To Folder command. Input the following path: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
  4. Press Return to go to that folder, then locate and select the following files:

    • NetworkInterfaces.plist
    • preferences.plist
  5. Copy and paste the above .plist files into your backup folder, and delete them.
  6. Restart the computer.
  7. Turn Wi-Fi back on from the wireless network menu again in the upper right corner of OS X.
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