Wi-Fi can be easily taken for granted in various different ways. It works most of the time, no efforts needed. But even if your Wi-Fi is running just fine, there are still plenty of Wi-Fi settings on your Android device that needs tweaking.

First, you can decide whether or not you want your Android device to notify you about available public Wi-Fi networks, and you can view or forget any Wi-Fi network you have previously saved for automatic connection anytime. You can also decide whether your device’s Wi-Fi radio stays on when it’s asleep, or put data caps on any metered Wi-Fi networks that you regularly use.

Here are some ways to make the most of your Wi-Fi on Android. Let’s start with…

View all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve saved

Whenever you connect to a new wireless network, your Android device commits it to memory and will seamlessly connect to that network whenever it’s in range. Unlike in iOS, the good thing about Android is that you can view a list of all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve saved. Go to Settings, then go to Wi-Fi, and then tap the three-dot overflow icon at the upper-right corner of the screen, then tap on Saved Networks.

Forget a saved Wi-Fi network

Now that you’re looking at a list of all your saved Wi-Fi networks, you may find one or a couple networks that you’ll never connect to again. Example of these are shady and usually unreliable public wireless networks that happened to float around some malls or coffee shop you’ve been to.

To cross any one of them off your list, just tap that network, and then tap the Forget button. When you do, the network will disappear from your Saved list and your Android device will no longer connect to it automatically.

Of course you can manually reconnect to a “forgotten” Wi-Fi network, but you’ll have to type in the network’s password again (assuming the network is password-protected) to do so.

Keep your Android device from bugging you about available Wi-Fi networks

By default, your non WiFi-connected Android device will pop up an alert whenever it detects available Wi-Fi hotspots in the area. That particular feature can be handy if you’re out and about searching of free Wi-Fi, but if this seems to annoy you since you don’t want to connect to some random Wi-Fi network, there’s a way to quiet it down.

To do this go to Settings, then Wi-Fi, and then tap the three-dot overflow icon. Next, tap on Advanced, and then simply toggle off the Network notification setting.

Keep Wi-Fi on even when your Android device is at sleep

If you would look a little closer into Android’s Wi-Fi options, which is found by going to Settings > Wi-Fi, tapping the three-dot overflow icon), you may be surprised that there’s an option to set your device’s Wi-Fi connectivity to power down whenever your handset screen is asleep, or if it’s asleep without its charger plugged in.

Although making use of this feature may sound like a good idea of saving power on your device, doing so also has its downsides. For example, turning off your device’s Wi-Fi radio doesn’t prevent your handset from consuming data. Indeed, any apps that are running in the background may start hogging cellular data if your Wi-Fi is turned off, and if the cellular connection is intermittent, your device might actually consume more power over cellular than over a solid Wi-Fi connection.

So, it’s recommended to select Always for the Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep setting. However, if you have a good and valid reason to put your Android device’s Wi-Fi radio to sleep, well you already know what to do.

Set a Wi-Fi network as a “metered” network

If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network that has data cap (either because your Android device is tethered to a mobile hotspot, or you’ve got a stingy ISP when it comes to data), you’ll want to be extra cautious that your handset doesn’t eat up massive chunks of data by downloading big system updates or allowing apps to chew up data in the background.

Good thing there’s a way to set your Android phone or tablet to take it easy when it comes to consuming data on a particular Wi-Fi network. To do this, tap Settings, then go to Data Usage, and then select the Wi-Fi tab (assuming that your Android device both has cellular and Wi-Fi radios). Next, tap the three-dot overflow icon, then select Network Restrictions.

Now, flip the switch next to any saved Wi-Fi hotspot that should be treated as “metered” network.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 4:24:23 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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