How to Automatically Turn On Wi-Fi on Android

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On a Samsung phone, you can turn on Wi-Fi automatically in places you use it frequently by activating “Turn Wi-Fi On/Off Automatically” on the Intelligent Wi-FI settings screen. On a Pixel phone, enable “Turn On Wi-Fi Automatically” in Network Preferences.

Turning Wi-Fi off when you’re away from frequently-used networks can save some battery life on your Android phone. The annoying thing is you have to remember to turn it back on—or do you?

Depending on where you are, your phone’s constant scanning for a Wi-Fi network can eat up battery, which is why some people turn it off away from home. We’ll show you a simple setting that can automatically turn Wi-Fi back on when you’re near your common networks.

Turn Wi-Fi On Automatically on Samsung Galaxy

To turn on Wi-Fi automatically on a Samsung Galaxy phone, swipe down one from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon.

Tap the gear icon.

In Settings, go to “Connections.”

Go to "Connections."

Now select “Wi-Fi.”

Select "Wi-Fi."

Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top corner and select “Intelligent Wi-Fi.”

Open the menu and tap "Intelligent Wi-Fi."

Toggle on “Turn Wi-Fi On/Off Automatically.” For more options, tap the text.

Toggle on "Turn Wi-Fi On/Off Automatically."

Here you can add some of your saved networks to the “Frequently Used” list, which will help your phone turn on Wi-Fi quicker in those areas.

Tap the plus button to add frequently used networks.

That’s all there is to it!

Turn Wi-Fi On Automatically on Google Pixel

If you’re using a Google Pixel phone, swipe down twice from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon.

Tap the gear icon.

Next, go to “Network & Internet.”

Go to "Network and Internet."

Tap “Internet.”

Select "Internet."

Now scroll down and select “Network Preferences.”

Select "Network Preferences."

Toggle on the switch for “Turn on Wi-Fi Automatically.”

Toggle on "Turn on Wi-Fi Automatically."

That’s it! Wi-Fi will automatically be turned on when you’re near high-quality saved networks.

It’s not exactly clear how this works, but the feature likely uses your location to know when you’re near a saved network. It’s nice to never have to worry about racking up data usage because you forgot to turn Wi-Fi back on.

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