Released September 25, 2015. Model A1687/A1634. Repair of this device is similar to previous generations, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 64, or 128 GB / Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold options.

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How can I break wifi functionality on my iPhone

I am an internet junkie. I want to quit internet and smartphone use, but i still need calls / messages / camera / to do / notes / contacts / maps / ibooks.

I want to completely break my iphone wifi functionality. I have purchased an ifixit kit and removed the wifi/Bluetooth antenna but both of them are still working. I guess the antenna is juste there to better catch the signal, but it still works without it.

What can i do to permanently disable wifi on my iphone?

Please this is a serious question, my addiction is making me depressed and giving me huge anxiety.

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Can i just damage it and hope it works (breaks) ?

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That chip has dozens of pads under it that go to many other circuits on the board. If you just physically damaged it enough to make it not work, you would be doing so by shorting one or more of these circuits together and potentially rendering the rest of the phone useless. If I were you, I would look into a parental lock of some kind that you don't let yourself know the passcode and limits your internet use.

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I haven’t tried this, but the wifi chip is on the back of the logic board. It’s the silver rectangle at the top. Removing that would require micro-soldering skills and a hot air station. That would disable the Wi-Fi, I don’t know if the phone would still boot without that chip, however. Good luck.

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For a more software-sided fix, you could use “screen time” on ios 12 to limit your access to the internet

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This wouldn't be helpful because the OP would just re-enable it out of urge. it wouldn't solve anything.

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Thanks for the downvote. Not really necessary. :|

That doesn't mean the answer is rubbish though. If it raises a new problem, think "How can I solve this?". You could get another person to set a random password to the screen time, unknown to the OP, or find another solution like that. Thinking outside the box is important when considering a permanent repair. Whatever that solution would be, it would be better than permanently attacking the WiFi IC with no prior experience

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@albert8181 still, the OP can then restore/his her iPhone and get internet functionality back even after someone else sets up a screen time passcode.

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There are always ways around restrictions. Even if someone stumbles across a solution, someone will say "Well, he will just use another device for his addiction instead". There are always ways around restrictions. However, as there is no mention of another device/computer anywhere on this question-page, I will assume that he has the computer side sorted. If that is true, then he will not be able to restore his phone via iTunes in the first place, because

1) iTunes will need to be downloaded if it isn't already.

2) iTunes needs to download the IPSW

3) iTunes needs to contact Apple and authorise the restore.

However, if everyone here has neglected the presence of a computer, then there are ways to prevent a restore. If he turns on "find my iphone", and gets a family member or a friend to set it to an Apple ID with a password unknown to him. iTunes will not restore if "find my iphone" is active.

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As you have made no other suggestions, I will also assume you favour him butchering the WiFi IC. What about cellular data? Aside from risking destroying his device, won't removing the WiFi IC just force him to use data instead? Won't the internet just run through the baseband instead?

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Hi there,

If you’re really serious about overcoming your addictive tendencies towards internet use, you should really consider getting “dumb phone”. Something like these:

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You can get something with a full keyboard and the ability to text and make calls, but limit it to that. As for notes that is usually equipped and most of the later generation ones have cameras. The two things you won’t have are iBooks and Maps. This is where you need to start using the laptop or desktop computer instead.

Let me explain a little more. Two years ago I was feeling the same way about my phone. Instead of posting about it on a forum I unfortunately out of desperation and frustration decided to throw my iPhone against a wall and smash it. My issue with the smartphone is that anytime I would need to use my phone I would end up automatically doing something I didn’t need to do on the phone. I tried content blockers, putting my phone away while not needing to use it, most of the things I tried seemed to make others who were trying to get a hold of me impatient and as a result it didn’t fix my problem.

After my phone was destroyed and no longer usable I opted for a phone with a full keyboard like the one described above for $39. https://www.amazon.com/ZTE-Altair-QWERTY....

I treated it like an experiment. I observed how many times I would pick up my phone automatically when I felt like I needed to do something. It was crazy how many times I would pick up my phone instinctively. I ended up printing directions out, asking people for directions to the freeway, and somehow managing. I had to explain myself to everyone who questioned my choice in phone but it was worth it. I got over my addiction and it forced me to actually reach out to others when I was still dealing with my anxiety issues. After 3-4 months I decided to start carrying around an iPhone in addition to the “dumb phone”. It was my mom’s backup and I didn’t add a sim card, I just used it like an iPod. I set it up with no apps except for downloading YouTube and Facebook messenger. When I would have internet I allowed myself to use the iPhone and tried to keep mental track of what apps I used the most. A few months after that I felt that I was ready to use an iPhone as the main option again cellular data unlimited and everything. I opted for it and of course in the first few weeks I was going a little overboard, but i kept reminding myself of the effort I made to not use the smartphone addictively and within a few weeks of adjustment I finally came out of excessive phone use for good. I was so grateful for directions it was ridiculous how much better my sense of navigation and direction were without it though. It was the perfect reward for I guess sobering up on my excessive internet use tendencies.

Maybe it’s just me but I think I’d recommend getting a “dumb phone” as a cleanse and as a self experiment to anyone. It really really boosted my confidence that I was able to overcome something on my own. As for the anxiety and depression, it’s not the world’s toughest problem but it still is a huge setback. This is by no means a cure to those behaviors but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I wish you the best of luck, let me know how it goes if you implement this or some other solution.

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