How to have your Wi-Fi automatically toggle on and off as you enter and leave your hotspot locations (Android)

How to have your Wi-Fi automatically toggle on and off as you enter and leave your hotspot locations (Android)
Having to turn the Wi-Fi of your Android handset on and off whenever you walk in / out of your hotspot areas is always a drag. The latter also adds a layer of annoyance if the user hasn't deactivated the "Wi-Fi networks found" pop-up, which will always greet them when they unlock their phone after they've left the apartment / work place / coffee shop.

Some manufacturers have added various solutions – for example, Samsung's handsets have a setting, which will toggle the Wi-Fi at specific hours of the day – presumably, the hours when the user leaves and re-enters their home. However, this is far from an ideal solution. Sony's Xperia handsets will remember the locations of a user's hotspots and turn the Wi-Fi on / off when the device enters / leaves an area. Now, this latter one sounds a bit better.

Fear not, though, if you don't own a Sony handset – as the Play Store have solutions that add such a functuonality to any Android handset. So, for this guide, we picked up Smart Wi-Fi Toggler, as it's pretty easy and straightforward to use. Check out the slide show below for a step-by-step.

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15 Comments

1. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I'm glad I've bought a Sony

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'd just rather leave wi-fi on all the time, and connect to the networks which I add to my phone. This app just seems to add an unnecessary layer of complexity.

3. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

The savings for running this app are less than earnings for your finger On/Off of WiFi. Ram, CPU and Battery consumption will be larger than using personal touch.

4. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

With Tasker Wifi can be turned on/off at specific place (which is determined by cell network triangulation, which phone does anyway, so no extra battery is spent), furthermore in specific time, in dependence of cell network strength and type, and lastly by voice.

6. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Just use Llama, which doesn't need privacy intruding s**t. It uses the cell phone tower to determine location.

7. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Llama is awesome and simpler to use than tasker.

8. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Stamina mode is one of the best solutions to those kind of problems.

9. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

When I got my Z3 Compact I had to disable many events from Llama, including WiFi management since the Sony did many of it

10. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Hmmm a feature that is and has already existed on Windows Phone?! What?! Is it possible? You just KNOW PA wont mention that, so I thought I will. Also, as many mentioned the gains for such an app may be negative for battery life - which is a pretty big issue on Android for a lot of people (especially on my Nexus 5.) Also, an app called on{X} is available (and has been for some time) that is supposed to due a similar job. However, I have not tested it out, and I assume will also adversely affect battery life.

11. consure

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Windows phone user here, honestly not trying to troll because I am looking into android phones. So you mean if not for an app, you have to manually turn on and off either Wi-Fi or mobile data, you can't just have both on and the os switches to one or the other depending on if there is a known Wi-Fi network available?

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Of course you can. This is about location based switching... as in you move to a WiFi offered area ("hotspot") and your phone turns its WiFi on. I am guessing it requires for you to manually add a spot first. Also I did not mean to "troll" either... both are great platforms for different reasons for different people. What phone do you have, what phones are you looking to get (if you don't mind me asking)?

15. consure

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I have the Lumia 920, thought of going Desire 826 or the Eye. Just want something with a bigger screen and a decent camera, the GF likes selfies so that too. Don't know if I can break away from what I DO like about WP8.1, its discouraging sometimes with the lack of HW for WP, and the get the app for xyz, but its only for Android or iPhones.

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I understand... I mean you've got to make a change when your use for the device changes, or your preferences change. Heck... Even when they do not, seems like you have to change phones because hardware and features are changing so quickly. GL with it... And perhaps Windows 10 will be a deciding factor for developer interest. Maybe you can wait it out until the end of the year when new tech will be out and current tech will be marked down insane! I did not wait... Recently put in an order for a Lumia 1520. Android is nice, but for my preferences at the moment, I'm missing WP too much.

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

After re-reading my post (#11) I would like to say that came off strong. Not because I want to make the case WP>Android, it is just the PA's strong bias really bothers me. I'd like to add, Android users can easily add a widget to toggle WiFi on/off. I'd like to further add that WP 8.1 notification center toggle is MORE user friendly than Kit Kat (FOR MY TASTE) AND As I understand it, Lollipop has changed the notification menu (from what I have seen, not tested.)

14. vladislavvaz

Posts: 12; Member since: May 19, 2014

i think cynogenmod has both the options to turn the wifi on/off according to time and also by location.. not sure but i think i saw that option under profiles options.

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