[Poll] WiFi Status – Do You Leave It Always On?

Posted Dec 17, 2012 at 2:37 am in Threads > Opinions

I’ve been noticing that not all my friends take advantage of WiFi at work, school or other areas where they spend their days.

I personally always have WiFi on, unless I have a battery emergency. This not only automatically connects to remembered networks but also it notifies me of the existence of new networks where I would have not considered to look before.

Do you

A – leave your WiFi always on like me?
B – or only turn it on when needed or in presence of a WiFi network?
C – or use Tasker or other automation app to turn it on/off based on time, location, etc.?

  • MagikalTrev

    A) and only for the reason that of lately I was put onto a shared data plan with Verizon. I have NO idea why that happened. :((

    • TheVoodoo

      Won’t you be able to use that as a material change to get out if your contract?

  • Agret

    I tend to leave it always on by accident a lot of the time, it tends to train the battery quickly leaving it on. Same with network data. I try to turn both off when I remember so my phone doesn’t die so quick.

  • pol biswas

    I always turn my WIFI status off because its one of the battery consume component. I always turn it on when I get a open network available free to access.

  • christiaangombert

    A) it doesn’t have that much battery drainage.

  • BrotherBloat

    I find my wifi drains my battery far less than 3G, so I keep it on most of the time, unless I’m in range of ‘fake’ free WiFi networks, which auto-connect and require http authentication after ;-)

  • Teebor

    I’ve now got an all you can eat data package so I turn off the wireless except when I’m at home (and I remember)

  • nicotinemind

    I only turn Wifi on while at home or at my folks.Don’t use much data on the run,just the news and email.

  • Bain

    Currently A. However, I’m a new Android user and plan on taking the appoarch in C after I spend more time with my new phone.

  • uknowme

    I shut mine off when I leave the house. My phone always picks up WiFi when I drive and it drives me nuts.

  • Rix

    B) only when its needed, my battery struggles enough so i make use off MIUI toggles a lot

  • fugmulch

    Off as much as possible, still have unlimited data grandfathered through Verizon and am milking as much as humanly possible

  • Laurel laurel25

    On my tablet it’s A), but I have it set to turn off when the screen is asleep and wake up when the screen is turned on.

    On my phone it’s C) – I use SmartActions to turn it on while I’m at work and off once I leave.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    I am B. I have the cheapo 200MB data plan so WiFi is my friend. I only use my mobile data connection for my commute to check traffic, seek alternate routes and such. Other than that I use WiFi at work, home and anywhere that offers an open connection.

  • scubabum

    I leave WiFi on, unless my battery is low.

  • ranwanimator

    For my phone I leave WiFi on all the time as it is a Republic Wireless phone and it would be foolish to turn it off.

    For my tablet, I only turn on WiFi when I need it.

  • Rene Rendon

    I tend to turn it off when I’m at work since I don’t have available wi-fi and turn it on when I know I can get some wi-fi.

    So for me the answer is B.

  • scottryan78

    I just leave it on all the time. Doesn’t seem to drain my battery enough to make me care.

  • mernen

    A — Always-on Wi-Fi.

    The best answer depends a lot on your exact phone model and Wi-Fi availability, though.

    In my case, I’ve found the Desire to have a pretty good Wi-Fi antenna (easily bested the SGS3 and iPhone 4 I’ve had the chance to compare it to), consuming less battery than other models, and way less than 3G (where the Desire is notably inferior to those same phones…). Also, I have good Wi-Fi at home, at work and at friends’ houses, so I spend the vast majority of my time making good use of it. Given this situation, it simply makes no sense at all to bother turning it off in day-to-day use.

  • kelltrash14

    A- Always on. I’m on and off wifi a lot and it’s better for the battery in the end for me to just have it on and hopefully connect rather than to recall to put it on when at home or whatnot.

  • Brandon Thomas

    i always leave mine on. too lazy to turn it on and off unless i am in a battery emergency.

  • JonJJon

    A) always leave my wifi on, however at uni i have to keep turning it on and off to get Eduroam to allow transmitting of data (that old enterprise network bug is at play there)

  • nova_orange

    I always turn it on if there is a open network, turn it off once I’m leaving WiFi range so it wont kill the battery scanning and looking for more networks. I do like being able to talk and use the internet and some functions while on WiFi. I does save some battery life as compared to my regular cell service

  • herbivore83

    A) Leave it on

    I used to turn mine on and off, or use location profile apps to manage my connections (including GPS and Bluetooth), but on my last two phones I started leaving all three connections on at all times. I have not noticed significant battery drain similar to what I used to experience with my older Android phones (G1, G2, Nexus S). My Nexus 4 and my Galaxy Nexus before it both have good battery life even with these left on.

    Plus, Google Now is all about tracking your location, and leaving Wi-Fi on (even when you’re not connected) helps for more accurate location reporting.

  • overclockthesun

    My Defy battery life sucks. S I turn on Wifi only when needed.

  • Kaote

    I use an auto wi-fi on app to manage this. Has really helped on the battery life of my phone.

  • Scottm

    Answer: C – I have mine set to turn off at work and on at home using SmartActions on my Razr MAXX.

    Otherwise, it stays off unless I choose to turn it on.

  • kookeetree

    My answers B. Tun it on only when needed so that I can save battery.

  • w5t1h7

    I’d go for A, conected all day with the tablet and phone

  • dino13

    I turn my WiFi on whenever I can, so I barely even get to using my 2gb.

  • MacCrookPro

    (C) my battery drains fast with wifi on. I only use it when needed like downloading a huge app, downloading a few things at a time, to conserve my GB’s on my data plan, or just when signal strength isn’t that great.

  • jeshep

    A) With wifi available everywhere I typically frequent, I can get by with only a 200Mb data plan. Saving lots of money a year.

  • SGB101

    always on, only turn off in power emergency.

  • ldouglas64

    On my phone, I usually have it off. On my tablet, it is always on.

  • fenlon

    I was of camp A. A short distance between home and work wasn’t worth the effort.

    However, I did give Smart WiFi Toggler a try. Pretty intriguing app since it didn’t require GPS to be on constantly. Initially I was very impressed, but I did not notice any increased battery life, and often, it died much sooner than it did before the app.

    • TheVoodoo

      So did you go back to leaving it on?

  • LadyDi

    B) I don’t think I realize the full potential of it yet. Hopefully I will utilize it more in the coming months.

  • MC_Android

    B) I think phones should be always allowed to have their Wifi and Data on…unfortunately, I have yet to own a phone with sufficient battery life to allow me such a luxury

  • kinkate18nic

    A) I always keep WiFI and Data ON…….:D..My Home and Workplace both have WiFi..so data i need for the travel in between ………………

  • digvijaya07

    A) Wifi Always On …
    Mostly Data Not Required ..
    Wifi uses less battery as compared to Data so it makes no difference

  • WlfHart

    B) Mostly just use data as I still have an ancient unlimited plan from T-Mo.

  • TheVoodoo

    Does everyone remember how much more power WiFi used to consume compared to GPRS/EDGE when we had those in early 2000′s on our Pocket PCs and Windows 5/6 Smartphones?

    • TheVoodoo

      Now, 3G/4G consume so much more than WiFi, that they render the on/off status of the former almost irrelevant.

  • jesusgda

    yup always on :)

  • sylvan

    Always on. Doesn’t really seem to drain battery at all, unless my home router gets screwed up, as it has started doing. Then it really kills the phone battery. So far, I’ve just been power cycling the router a couple times a week, but it’s looking like I just need a new one.

  • VerticalCobra

    I use LLAMA which keeps the WIFI on at work and home; except at night when it switches off. It does tend to use less power than 4G/3G.

  • doctoryim

    I tend to leave it off but I have unlimited with T-Mobile

  • lou2cool88


    I have a tiered data plan so I need wifi whenever possible.

  • Mephisto

    For both phone and tablet I turn it off when I leave home. Only turn it on when I have access and need it. Drains my battery quicker than I would like. I use Juice Defender on my phone to help with my battery life.

  • jcbobea

    B only turn it on when needed or in presence of a WiFi network

  • Mountain

    B) Unless my tablet is plugged in.

  • jaysond

    I never turn it off maybe if I was tryin to save juice I would

  • jaysond

    oh and definitely turn it off when leaving the house so it dosent try to connect to everything and drain your battery booooo

  • TheVoodoo

    But, do you always remember to turn it on when back in the presence of a WiFi network?

    I’ve tried that approach, but mostly forget to do that. Of course tools such as Tasker could help.

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  • mckeed

    B. why waste power when you don’t have to.

    • TheVoodoo

      Correct, but the point is that if you forget to turn WiFi back on when in a WiFi coverage area, then you’ll be wasting more power due to staying on the cellular data connection.

  • Daniel Hakimi

    B., but I’m usually within range of WiFi. I turn it off for my commute, but I spend half my commute in Airplaine mode anyway.

    I’d use Llama to handle it, but my GPS is shit, and that might use more battery anyway.

  • decker

    Mostly C although if I know I’m not going to be near Wifi for a while I manually turn it off.

    When WIFI is left on, it is sending a full power ping every 30 seconds (never found a document to back that up, just my experience) to look for available networks. It won’t be a considerable amount of juice, but I figure if I’m not using it why waste the battery life.

  • Jorge Eslava

    I only turn it on at night when I charge my phone. I’m not sure why I do this, because I have unlimited data…

  • yankeesusa

    I leave my on the whole time. Wifi is always more efficient than 3g and the phones today are pretty good at using it most efficient. But if you know there will be no wifi in the area your in then turn it off and it will help a little bit.

  • Monsunami

    B. I do not leave it on all the time so I can save more battery. I usually have wifi on when charging and also let play store update my apps when charging every night.

  • orangestrat

    You’re probably not better at managing power than your phone is. I leave WiFi, GPS and sync on all the time because the OS only turns them on when they’re needed.

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    B) I have no reason to have it on if I don’t need wifi. It doesn’t take much effort to turn something off…it’s as simple as turning off a light switch.

    • TheVoodoo

      Yes, but it’s not as easy to remember to turn it back on.

  • azswift

    I leave it on and have been letting the Wifi calling be the standard when I’m in range. Anybody else trying that with good results? Mine have been hit and miss.

    • TheVoodoo

      Is this T-Mobile WiFi calling?

      • KOBesucker

        I’m going to assume yes.

  • heynomi4u

    C) I use Tasker to automate it based on time, but since my schedule is not the same always, I manually override it sometimes.

  • masterpfa

    C – I use a 3rd party app ‘Y5′ which remembers the WiFi spots I use. WiFi is then automatically turned off when not in range.

  • jonstle

    C) I use tasker to turn it on at home and at work, Then have it off the rest of the time.

  • Nicko01

    B – I leave it off until I need it for something like streaming a video or downloading something big.

  • breckdroid

    B- Ideally i would be able to leave it on all day, but I’m not within WiFi for a decent chunk of the day. When I’m at home I always switch WiFi on. I live in a dead zone for cell signal so if i don’t switch to WiFi, it kills my battery.

  • TheChez99

    A – its just easier unless my battery is less than 14%

    • TheVoodoo

      Oh definitely the whole scenario changes if I have a battery emergency such as only 15% of charge being left; in that case, I turn off WiFi, mobile data, GPS, Bluetooth, Screen brightness, and everything I can, to make sure the phone is available for voice calls until I can recharge.

  • mecky33

    A) I leave mine on all the time under the guise of saving power. I live on the edge of a Verizon coverage area so I like being able to have my phone connect to my network when close to my house. I also have many of my friends wireless networks remembered so I have a data blanket in my neighborhood. I have also noticed that most of the time my battery doesn’t drain much with wireless on.

  • thymeless

    Yes, it’s always on for days I’m at home/work.

    When I travel, I’m more careful about turning it on and off for battery management. And, when I travel, it’s usually outside of cloud range as well, so I have to be sure I’ve pre-loaded what I want available, maps included.

  • Charlong666

    B – I know when I need it, and when I don’t so I control it manually.

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  • KOBesucker

    Always on!

  • Oscar Ortega

    b i turn it off because when im in the bus it would always connect to the closet one when im not using it and disconnects thats why its off except at home

  • aranea

    but sometimes the wi-fi network needs authentication or something like that it’s connected but doesn’t receive data then I turn it off.

  • crroy15

    In my experience with phones and other devices, it has always been better to use wifi in the hot spots that you would use it a lot at just so you done use up a ton of battery life, like school or coffee shops and such. 3G or 4G or w/e kind of service you get uses a lot of battery life because the phone is constantly trying to maintain connection. While your using wifi, its using someone elses connection, which means your device isn’t over using the battery. So I tend to use the wifi when I can, so i can maintain longer battery life.

  • Ryan Gails

    A) I always leave mine on. It’s just become a habit since I’ve been in college because there is wifi just about everywhere I go on campus and only EDGE where I go to school otherwise. I never think to turn it off when I’m not going to be near wifi.

  • sonicdeathmunky

    I turn mine off when outside. Not so much for saving battery, but because it get annoyed at the little “wifi available” icon that shows up.

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  • sonyxperia user

    I always have my wifi turned on.