Turning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off in Quick Settings takes an extra step in Android N preview

Yesterday, we told you that the fourth Developers preview of Android N was available for certain devices. Owners of Nexus models like the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus 9 can load the latest preview if they are members of the Android Beta Program. One area undergoing change in Android N is Quick Settings.

With earlier builds of the OS, Android users could change certain settings very easily by pulling down Quick Settings from the top of the screen. With a single tap of the finger, certain features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth could be turned on or off. But that looks to be no longer the case with Android N.

With the latest Developers preview, tap on the Wi-Fi icon in Quick Settings and you'll see a list of Wi-Fi networks in your area. Tap again, and the list disappears. The same change is being made to Bluetooth; tapping the Bluetooth icon will open a list of compatible Bluetooth devices that are in your area. Tap again, and the list is gone.

Turning on or off Wi-Fi from Quick Settings in the latest Android N preview now requires two steps instead of one. Instead of tapping the icon to turn it on and tapping it again to turn it off, users now tap the icon once and then click on another toggle switch to the right of the Wi-Fi label. This is also the new way users turn on or off Bluetooth.

The change is a bit curious, especially for Wi-Fi users who usually turn the connectivity feature on and off more often than they change Wi-Fi networks. An issue has already been listed in the Android issue tracker, so perhaps Google will reverse this.

Another change removes the ability of the Android user to open the calculator from Quick Settings. If you're not happy with what you see when taking the Fourth Developers preview of Android N out for a spin, you can file a bug report to let Google know that you want some of these changes to be reversed.

Android N is expected to be released starting later this summer. Of course, the date when your Android phone receives it depends on a number of other factors, including the carrier that you use.

source: Phandroid via SlashGear

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24 Comments

1. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Since marshmallow update I can't do that with mobile data. It takes me to settings and on lollipop I could toggle right there! Moto g 2104

2. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Looks like android is going backwards now days in their OS upgrades.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Android N is still in beta This is a bug, its been passed to the dev team

16. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Glad to know that. I thought it was another Google "fixing" things that ain't broken situation.

17. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's not a bug. It was purposefully done. Tapping the tile brings up a list of wifi networks. Long pressing takes you to the settings page for WiFi. Turning off WiFi now involves either tapping or long pressing the WiFi tile then tapping a toggle switch. The issue being reported is that of someone who wants it to go back to the way it was.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its a bug, it was post on the Android N issue tracker Its already been assigned

24. jawadsabra

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

It's not a bug, I can confirm running Nougat i.e 7.0.0 and I have to tap three times to switch off any of my quick settings. Which is really frustrating. They role out a helpful time saving feature then just take it away for no good reason.

8. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That's why I love Samsung's skin aka touchwiz.. They give android more functionality and make it more user friendly. I'd take the quick toggles on tw any day over stock Android.

13. baghelvijay01

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

I second that. I am fan of tw quick settings toggles too.

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Agreed. Their skin may be ugly compared to others but their quick toggles and settings are the most user friendly.

21. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

"but it's laggy bla blah"

23. jawadsabra

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Exactly my thoughts. So frustrated they keep doing this with useful features.

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Turning on wifi can be done in one step from the drop down menu if it is off. To turn it off is a 2 step process. I got the OTA this am it is more stable than the last OTA, which was more stable than the 1st. I wish they would allow you to go from LTE to 3g with a toggle from the drop down menu so there won't be weak signal drops sometimes

11. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Easy toggle lte to 3g on my honor 7 aha!

4. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Not a big deal to me. I'm in the Android Beta Program and the extra step to me prevent me from accidentally turning these toggles off. Sort of like a fail safe.

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

You are such clumsy person then.

20. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

just walk around all day covered in bubble wrap then so you dont do anything crazy by accident.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that good change for me.. and I can use widget for one tap on/off (but I never turn off my phone WiFi :-/)

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I've long had both on my OnePlus One, I tap the WiFi/Bluetooth icon to fast toggle on/off, and tap the label (with a drop-down-menu-like arrow besides it indicating there's more to it) if I want to get a list of all WiFi networks around me or new/paired Bluetooth devices around me, and connect/pair to a particular one. Check your device settings again iPA, there's probably some option there to enlarge the first row of toggles which you're ignoring. With Bluetooth and WiFi enlarged in the first row, you'll be able to keep both quick toggle and quick connect/pair functionality, similar to what I've been doing on my OnePlus One.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

What you posted is the way Marshmallow does it. Android N does things differently.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I've been doing it that way since Lollipop, but then again, I'm not running that pitiful stock android, I'm running Cyanogen OS on my OnePlus One.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hope Touchwiz make it simpler

15. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

They always do.

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

how about long holding the icon? does that turn it off in one step?

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