"Turn on Wi-Fi automatically" will be enabled by default on all Android 9.0 Pie running phones

Pixel 2 XL on Oreo has the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically feature

Pixel 2 XL on Oreo has the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically feature

A feature that automatically connects a handset to a high-quality, previously saved Wi-Fi network was added to the Google Pixel handsets when Android 8.0 Oreo was released last year. Listed as "Turn on Wi-Fi automatically," users can decide whether to have this toggled on or off. Keeping the feature running could help extend the battery life of a phone, especially in an area where there are plenty of low quality Wi-Fi networks competing for a smartphone's attention.

Not all Android phones running Oreo have the feature since it is up to each manufacturer to decide whether or not to enable it. If your handset does have the "Turn on Wi-Fi automatically" feature, you can turn it on by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Preferences > "Turn on Wi-Fi automatically." Wi-Fi scanning will need to be enabled, which can be set at Settings > Location > Scanning.

Things are going to change when phones begin launching with Android 9.0, or start receiving the update to the latest Android build. A change in code found on a commit on the AOSP website reveals that "Turn on Wi-Fi automatically" will be enabled by default on Android 9.0. And while Google can be questioned about why it takes double the number of steps to activate the split-screen on Pie, it is still working on ways to improve the Android user experience and extend battery life, even if it is just a little bit at a time.

Commit code from AOSP reveals that the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically feature will be enabled by default on Android 9.0

Commit code from AOSP reveals that the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically feature will be enabled by default on Android 9.0


source: XDA

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6 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

My phone has option to only let wifi ON while screen is OFF if it is connected to local internet. Also to choose which networks it can connect auto.

2. Cicero

Posts: 1100; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Samsung's on Oreo have this enabled. Anyhow, you need to have the location (with wi-fi scaning for accuracy), network data and wi-fi always enabled. That combo is a power killer.

3. Heisenberg

Posts: 363; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

This is one of the things Samsung employs in its UI unfortunately media will scream about updates every now and then and some users follow them. Perhaps Samsung should just follow them since most people can't think for themselves

4. adecvat

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Bad copy from iPhone.

5. ironmarc89

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

I noticed it this morning.

6. markusinfinite

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Battery drain.

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