how to keep wifi off?
On my phone, I have the widget that allows me to manually turn on/off the wifi, BT, GPS, etc.
I pretty much always leave the wifi off, yet I find that the phone is frequently turning it back on. My network at work is "open", yet one needs a login (via a webpage) that changes frequently so I would rather stick with 3G.
Any ideas why the phone keeps turning it back on, and how I can prevent it from doing so??
- 05-03-2010, 03:27 PM #2
Probably a dumb question, but are you sure you're not accidentally hitting the WiFi button on the widget? I've never heard of WiFi turning itself on without user interaction of some sort. Also, I assume you're talking about the built in widget, not one you downloaded from the market?
I am using the built-in "Power Control" widget.
I'm thinking that maybe it tests the wifi whenever the 3g signal gets week, though I would expect that unchecking the box in the settings panel would convince it stay off...
- 05-04-2010, 07:16 PM #5
- 05-04-2010, 07:28 PM #6
- 05-04-2010, 09:55 PM #7
Mine turns on automatically as well at home. I tried for a few days to make it stop but then realized I actually like it. Once I leave the house 3g kicks back in. Sorry I don't have a solution but wanted to let you know you are not the only one it is happening to.
- 05-04-2010, 10:19 PM #8
- 05-04-2010, 10:30 PM #9
- 05-05-2010, 03:37 AM #10
that sounds like normal use when the wifi is on, since it remembers your networks, it's connecting, but once you leave the range of them, it gives up and reconnects to the data network.
it's not normal for the phone to do this if wifi is off. maybe check in the settings that wifi is unchecked as well as making sure it's not lit up on the widget.
- 05-05-2010, 08:21 AM #11
I wonder, does turning wifi "off" do anything to save battery life if your not in range of a known and synced hotspot? Would 3G use more battery?
Is the same really true for BT as well? I only have on thing that connects via BT, and its my car. So when I'm not connected and its on is it using more battery or just sitting there doing nothing?
Ahh the questions the questions lol. I assume the OP wants to keep it off to conserve battery, but if it doesn't use battery while idle and if 3G uses more battery, then it would only make sense to leave it on right?
- 05-05-2010, 08:32 AM #12
I know this sounds strange but for a while my wife's Moto Droid was doing the same thing whenever she opened her Gowalla app. We could never figure it out so she started using the mobile Gowalla site instead. It isn't doing it anymore on the app and we never changed any settings.
- 05-05-2010, 10:42 AM #13
same with bluetooth. and with this phone's abysmal battery, whatever you can do to conserve it, the better.
- 05-05-2010, 11:12 AM #14
- 05-05-2010, 11:28 AM #15
Do any of you having this problem have Power Manager installed? If so check that all the power profiles have the wireless:wifi option set to "do not change". I believe as default wifi is set to "enable" under the "a/c powered" profile, which means any time you plug it in, your wifi turns on. "battery powered" is set to "do not change" by default which means once you unplug the phone wifi will remain on. Changing everything to "do not change" will allow you to control when wifi is enabled and disabled.
- 05-05-2010, 11:33 AM #16
- 05-05-2010, 07:38 PM #18
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Do you have a power manager app installed? I have the Power Manager (free trial) V.1.6.3 and it has several different power profiles. When I plug it in, it got to A/C powered, brightens the screen and turns on Wifi. I have to make a mental note to turn it off using the power control widget. It also changes the screen timeout based on profile and that is annoying since it sets it to 1 minute every time you unplug it (battery profile). The free app doesn't allow you to edit profiles. The pay version allows you to edit the default profiles.....but I haven't tried it.
Sorry for the repeat answer....didn't see Is9999's response above....
Last edited by homsie; 05-05-2010 at 10:16 PM.
- 06-11-2013, 12:52 PM #20