AVG Wifi Assistant Automatically Toggles Wi-Fi On Android Based On Cell Tower Signal Strength

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Forgetting to turn off WiFi on your Android phone when you’re out and about can be quite annoying, especially when you find the WiFi scanner has drained the little battery you had left. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi toggle buried deep in the Settings app takes an extra step to reach whenever you need to enable or disable it. Even if the Android version in your phone does have quick launch toggles in the notification area for the purpose, you will still have to remember to turn WiFi off. Wouldn’t it be great if you could automate the process somehow? That is exactly what AVG Wifi Assistant does. Named ‘WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager’ on the Play Store, this free Android app from the popular security firm remembers the cellular network towers near the locations you’re at more frequently, and then automatically toggles WiFi based on their signal strength.

This is the first time we’re seeing WiFi automation being implemented this way. We’ve seen several apps with similar purpose in the past, but most used the GPS radio of the device instead, toggling WiFi based on location alone. While GPS is great for accurate detection of a user’s location, having it on constantly will only drain the battery faster.

In contrast, AVG Wifi Assistant learns where your preferred cell towers are, and when it senses that you’re in their range, it automatically turns on WiFi. Similarly, whenever you leave those premises and the signal strength drops, the app disables WiFi on its own.

AVG cites that this practice will also ensure that you only connect to your trusted WiFi networks, in turn, protecting your device from potential WiFi tracking by retailers.

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When you launch the app for the first time, it automatically lists all the WiFi networks near you, allowing you to toggle WiFi automation for each network separately. The ‘Assistant On’ button located at the bottom of the main screen signifies whether it’s enabled for a particular network or not.

The app also allows you to add new wireless networks without leaving its interface. Tapping an existing wireless connection lets you choose whether to automate ‘Auto WiFi On’, ‘Auto WiFi Off’ or both, or to remove that connection from the list. The Location tab on the same screen lets you view the cell ID currently registered to your device, and clear this information if needed.

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The app also maintains a record of all its automated actions under the Log screen, complete with cell IDs.

AVG Wifi Assistant is a new and improved WiFi automation solution, one that might actually save you more than just a few points of battery life per day. Definitely worth a try.

Install AVG Wifi Assistant from Play Store

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  • ibit

    Toggling wifi on and of is so Android 2.3.3

    • IBIT WROTE: Toggling wifi on and of is so Android 2.3.3

      MY RESPONSE: What do you mean? I mean, I’m not challenging your or anything like that; I’m seriously asking why Android 2.3.3 users would want to toggle WI-FI on/off, but users of no other version would? I’m on 4.3 and there’s no question that the phone uses more battery with WI-FI on (though, when WI-FI’s on, because the 3G/4G radio is off, some of that, admittedly is mitigated) than when it’s off (and the 3G/4G radio is on). So I’m simply confused about what you’re saying… again, not challenging; rather, just trying to understand.and learn.

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  • Here’s the email message that I just sent to AVG’s mobile app support…

    DT: Fri 14 Feb 2014 @ 3:48 PM PST
    FR: Gregg DesElms
    TO: mobile-support@avg.com
    RE: Please correct your app’s Google Play Store page

    PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO WHOMEVER IS IN
    CHARGE OF AVG’s VARIOUS GOOGLE PLAY STORE PAGES

    Regarding your AVG WiFi Assistant app…

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avg.wifiassist

    …you have used the Google Play Store app title field to describe what the app does…

    WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager

    …instead of just putting into that field the name of the app: AVG WiFi Assistant

    Or maybe “WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager” is what the app used to be called, or something, I don’t know. All I do know is that where the name of the app belongs up at the very top of its Google Play Store page, you have something other than what is the app’s actual name.

    Even this article about your app on the Addictive Tips website…

    ​SEE | http://bit.ly/1fnkDdW

    …makes mention of the fact that your app is called one thing, but it’s listed in the Google Play Store as something else.

    This is very confusing to users of the Google Play Store, and manifestly affects the app’s searchability. I’d have to look it up, but if memory serves, any app maker’s doing something like that violated the rules of the Google Play Store. The name of the app, and not what it does, must be at the very top of the app’s Google Play Store page, in its title field.

    You also call the app “AVG WiFi Assistant” in the app, itself, and also on its various screenshots; yet in the app’s description, you refer to it as “AVG WiFi Assist.” Which is it? Please be consistent.

    Could you please fix these problem so that there will be no further confusion?

    Thank you.

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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  • FROM THE ARTICLE: …this free Android app from the popular security firm remembers the cellular network towers near the locations you’re at more frequently, and then automatically toggles WiFi based on their signal strength. This is the first time we’re seeing WiFi automation being implemented this way.

    MY RESPONSE: Au contraire, mon ami. See…

    Wi-Fi Matic – Auto WiFi On Off
    by Carlos Prados | http://bit.ly/1fnnTWU

    I’m not saying that that one’s better or anything; I haven’t tested them both to know. But I’m just saying that at least Prados’s app operates similarly. And if memory serves, there’s at least one other app like them out there, though I believe it got very low ratings because it basically didn’t work well. I wish I had set a bookmark to it so I could refer to it here.

    It would appear, in any case, that both AVG’s and Prados’s apps work well, which is very nice. Thank you for pointing at least me to yet another app like Prados’s. Choice is always good.

    I like apps like this, though; and thank you for pointing at least me to another good one. As the article correctly points out, without an app like this which locates you based on something other than GPS, thhen the next-best way to accomplish this task is have something like this app on your phone…

    AutomateIt-Automate Your Droid
    SEE | http://bit.ly/13trNZ4

    …which is free but also has a paid version (which is what I use; or Tasker, which is more popular than AutomateIt, but has only a paid version, and I have that on my phone, too), or any of a number of other similar apps (though Tasker and AutomateIt seem to be the two leading ones) which allow you to automate any number of tasks on your phone.

    With such apps you can, among many, many other things, specify a location where is the WI-FI you want to use (and, when it finds it, turning off the 3G/4G radio, and turning on the WI-FI radio and auto-connecting) whenever you’re near it; and then the automation app will periodically check to see if you’re at that location (or within however many meters or feet of it that you specify; I tend to set it to around fifty to a hundred feet from the dead-center of whatever is the WI-FI area in question since I tend to not ever be any further from said dead center whenever I’m there; though a huge campus or something would be an obvious exception to that).

    The truth is, though, that if you set the automation app to check your location even as often as every five minutes, GPS is on and then off again for so little time that it really doesn’t cut-into battery life that much… though, obviously, it does a little. You know, though, that at least on my phone (a Samsung Galaxy Note II SGH-i317 AT&T) I can leave GPS on pretty much all the time and it really doesn’t eat the battery as much as one might think. Granted, it did a biit more while it ran OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but since 4.3 Jelly Bean (to which all Note II users were upgraded right around Christmas) it’s a lot better. It’s leaving WI-FI on all the time that really seems to eat battery, hence the need for at least SOMETHING like one of these apps and/or methods to keep WI-FI off until and unless you really need it.

    In my case, though, keeping GPS on all the time makes more sense (and, gratefully, at least on my phone, now, doesn’t use inordinate battery) since there are, at least on my phone, several apps that sorta’ kinda’ need to know where the phone is at any given moment. Therefore, starting something like three phones ago, I’ve been just routinely leaving GPS on all the time. Seems to work-out fine, at least for me; and by my so doing, my using AutomateIt to figure out where I am (using GPS), and to what WI-FI I should be connected, ends-up working pretty much perfectly. Your (the reader’s) mileage, obviously, may vary.

    For those who just want to simplify things, though, and not mess with complex (not complicated, but at least a little bit complex for normal end-users) apps like AutomateIt or Tasker or any of the others; and who also want both GPS and WI-FI off until and unless they’re needed, then something like this AVG app, or the other one to which I linked, above, is just about perfect. I could not more strongly recommend them.

    Thank you, Waqas, for the excellent tip.

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    Napa, California USA
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  • Alex

    “Better Wifi On/Off” by Sven Knispel can do the same, and much more.

  • Bugg

    I’ve been using Llama for over a year which does this and a hell lot more…
    And it’s free as well..

  • What I’d really like is something that will notice if WiFI is on and connected to a WiFi network that makes you accept an AUP before it will work. I think it should be able to learn how to accept the policy for me or disconnect from the network. I hate it when my phone connects to a free WiFi saved from a restaurant or store, and then I have no service because I haven’t signed in.