Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to automatically turn on Wi-Fi

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. 


source: WPCentral

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21 Comments

1. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Well, the REALLY good news here is that FINALLY devs can code apps like Moto's SMARTACTIONS, Situations, and Tasker, where the apps can automatically change settings like these for us. I should finally be able to cross that one off the list.

23. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

No, they can't. User apps will not be able to change this and other system settings.

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Very nice.. I can't wait..

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Rodneyej1, I bet you are as excited and giddy as a school girl....

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Oh yeah, baaaaaby!!!!!!!

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

No he is not, he is lying.

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

BUILD is so far away ...;

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yes it is. In April. 6 weeks to go. I can't wait for 8.1

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Yupss me neither, too long away ...

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

For the public its suppose to be July/August. In April/May thats for the developers

21. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Exactly! People just seem to ignore that fact. By THAT time, i expect even more features or fixes. These are just deliberate leaks to prevent the current, sane, WP users from revolting.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, automatically turn on wifi? You mean, it was not like that before?

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I guess WiFi in Always On mode sucks battery life. Maybe WP isn't as efficient at managing WiFi use as Android/iOS?

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Check out "Smart Connect (LiveWareâ„¢ Mgr)"https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonyericsson.extras.liveware Just download Sony Liveware from Playstore. Its automate base on time, all forms of bluetooth, wifi and docks connections, up to individual hardware such as the different bluetooth headsets that I have owned.

14. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Every day a new feature of 8.1 is revealed, I can't wait to get my 1st Nokia, I hope M$ doesn't ruin Nokias branding.

19. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

+800 +900 +620 +920 +1520 +8X

22. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I'm sure microsoft won't do anything the lumia line had always been on WP so I'm sure they won't change it. Best WP = 920, 1020, & 1520 c:

15. X.E.R.O. unregistered

MS seems to be on a roll with all these WP 8.1 leaks. Good, because I still don't see WP as a worthy competitor of Android, hope 8.1 will change that.

18. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It will! :D

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I actually see it as a better operating system than either Android or iOS, difference of opinions I guess.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Difference of opinions indeed. My service admin that need to stay back to do server os patching called Windows a Swiss Cheese OS, full of holes.

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