During our WI-FI issues on Android phones series, we discussed how to fix an Android phone whose WI-FI wont turn on . In this guide, we’ll be looking at WI-FI gone haywire again by automatically turning itself on or off. When it comes to battery management in Android, WI-FI management is one force to reckon with (See How to make an Android phone’s battery last longer ) so you can’t exactly afford to have a WI-FI radio with its own mind if you’re serious about a good battery life.
What could cause the WI-FI to automatically turn itself On or Off ?
Common causes of this issue are:
- Third party WI-FI management apps: Some app(s) might be interfering with / overriding the default Wi-FI settings
- Timeout settings: Wi-FI might have been set to either come on or go off under certain time controlled conditions
- Battery settings: Wi-FI might have been set to go off at certain battery levels
- Network Notification: Wi-FI might be set to auto-notify you when there’s an available network
How do I fix WI-FI Automatically turning On or Off on An Android phone ?
- Uninstall third-party WI-FI managers: Uninstall any WI-FI management app(s) you might have installed
- Change Timeout settings: Go to Settings > WI-FI > Press Menu > Advanced > Click Keep WI-FI on during Sleep > Tick the appropriate option (tick Always if WI-FI automatically turns Off and Never if WI-FI automatically turns On)
- Disable network notification: If Wi-FI automatically turns itself On then Go to Settings > Turn on WIFI > Tap WI-FI > Press Menu > Advanced > Untick / Uncheck Network notification
- Enable WI-FI optimization: Go to Settings > WI-FI > Press Menu > Advanced > Tick WI-FI optimization
- Easy WI-FI toggle: You could install a WI-FI toggle app or widget to help you easily turn On or Off WI-FI from the home screen
- Clear cache: Boot into recovery mode and wipe cache partition or use a cache wiping app.
- Factory reset: Consider doing a factory reset either in recovery mode or under Settings > Storage
I’ve done a factory reset; yet, the problem persists. What do I do ?
In such a scenario, you’ll need to flash the Factory ROM / Stock ROM of a phone of the same model which is not experiencing the same issue (See How to unbrick / fix a bricked Android device ).
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