Apple Removes Network Locations Feature in macOS Ventura

In addition to redesigning the System Settings app on macOS Ventura, Apple has removed the app's longstanding Network Locations feature, as noted by Jason Snell at Six Colors. The feature allowed users to quickly switch between different sets of Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and other network settings depending on their location, such as home or work.

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Given that macOS Ventura is still in beta, there is always a chance that Network Locations could return at some point, but this seems unlikely given that Apple marked Tyler Loch's bug report about the feature's absence as "works as currently designed."

In a support document, Apple says the Network Locations feature could be useful in circumstances such as those listed below:

- You use the same type of network (such as Ethernet) at work and at home, but the settings you use at work don't allow your Mac to automatically connect to the same type of network at home.

- Your Mac connects to more than one type of network service (such as both Wi-Fi and Ethernet) at work and at home, but at work you want your Mac to try connecting to the Ethernet network first, and at home you want your Mac to try connecting to the Wi-Fi network first. In other words, you want to set a different service order for each location.

- Your Mac isn't connecting to your network and you want to quickly reset your network settings for testing purposes, without losing your current network settings.

Snell says Apple's command-line tool "networksetup" is still present in the latest macOS Ventura beta, so a third-party developer could step in and release an app to replace the Network Locations functionality removed in the System Settings app.

Related Forum: macOS Ventura

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temende Avatar
24 months ago

Pardon my ignorance on this matter, but how was this used? I mean you would connect to a different network depending on where you were, wouldn't you?
You could basically have your Mac adjust your network configuration for you based on your WiFi network, e.g. automatically use a different DNS server at home vs work.

It was a niche feature for sure but I also don't see why it needs to be removed. Part of what made macOS special was a lot of these little "nice touches" that came built in to the OS.
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RoboCop001 Avatar
24 months ago

My guess is they will bring it back in a few years as a "new feature" like they are doing with the battery percentage.
Battery Percentage. Network Location. And Mobile Home Folders.
Battery Percentage! Network Location!! And Mobile Home Folders!!

BATTERY PERCENTAGE! NETWORK LOCATION!! ... Are you getting it yet???

These are not 3 separate updates!!!

Introducing.... iosOSmacOS

:D
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NMBob Avatar
24 months ago
Well, no one comes into work at Apple, so they don't need it and we are expected to just follow suit.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
24 months ago
Everyone: We want iPadOS to be more like macOS.

Apple: We made macOS more like iPadOS.



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Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
temende Avatar
24 months ago
My guess is they will bring it back in a few years as a "new feature" like they are doing with the battery percentage.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
24 months ago

Pardon my ignorance on this matter, but how was this used? I mean you would connect to a different network depending on where you were, wouldn't you?
I haven't used it recently, but in the past I'd use it to switch Network settings as I moved to different locations. This really was a more advanced feature that the average user would never use, and I suspect that they are removing it because it was lightly-used. Dumbing down the system. Not happy about that, if true.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)