Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to automatically turn on Wi-Fi
It seems like the new additions being uncovered in Windows Phone 8.1 just won't stop. We've been seeing new features all over the place in Microsoft's next mobile update including the new Action Center and tons more. Now, we're getting a look at an interesting new option that will be built into the Wi-Fi settings which will allow the phone to automatically turn Wi-Fi on.
It looks like the way this will work is that if you were to go into the Wi-Fi settings to turn off your Wi-Fi connection Windows Phone 8.1 will offer a new option to set a timer to automatically turn Wi-Fi back on. The feature is being labeled as "Wi-Fi Sense" and although it is based on a timer, it will require that Location services be turned on. You'll be able to choose to have Wi-Fi automatically turn back on in 1 hour, 4 hours, 1 day, or set it to manual controls.
This sounds like a very nice feature for when you're leaving home for a short time. The settings notably don't offer anything in the 8-10 hour range, which would target a work day cycle, but there have been rumors that Windows Phone and Cortana will handle that situation with context specific settings changes based on being at home or work.